Market Review | Hardin County, Ky.: A solid place for tourism and business

Elizabethtown Sports Park attracts tens of thousands of visitors from around the state every year.
Elizabethtown Sports Park attracts tens of thousands of visitors from around the state every year.

Tourism has become a major economic driver for Elizabethtown and the surrounding area. In 2016, 3,687 people made their living in the tourism industry in Hardin County.

Local businesses have experienced exponential growth since the Elizabethtown Sports Park opened in 2012, and major chains have joined in. In the summer of 2017 the Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame opens in the revitalized downtown. Last year 30,000 people visited the Elizabethtown Aquatic Park in its first 73 summer days of operation. Construction is expected to be complete by Memorial Day 2018 for a Vietnam veterans memorial wall. At 80 percent the size of the wall in Washington, D.C., the Kentucky replica memorial will be located in Elizabethtown Nature Park.

Hardin County was settled in 1792. The county seat of Elizabethtown was formed in 1797 and named after Elizabeth Hynes, the wife of one of the city’s three settlers.

County Seat: Elizabethtown

Edna Berger, Mayor

elizabethtownky.org

Estimated 2017 population:

113,380

No. of households: 40,376

Median household income:

$49,637

Hardin County Chamber of Commerce:

Brad Richardson, president

hardinchamber.com

Elizabethtown Hardin County Industrial Foundation:

Richard Games, president/COO

eifky.com

Judge-Executive: Harry L. Berry

hcky.org

Elizabethtown Tourism and Convention Bureau:

Sherry Murphy, executive director

touretown.com

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