This article was originally published in The Lane Report on July 18, 2018.

Boasting low utility costs, available land, Interstate 65 running its north-south length and a solid workforce, Hardin County’s growth in the manufacturing sector is on the rise, as are its attractions and quality of life factors. Formed in 1797, the county seat of Elizabethtown is the county’s major economic driver. Hardin County is a very active member of the Kentucky Federation for Advanced Manufacturing’s (KY FAME) Lincoln Trail chapter. 

In 2017 the Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame opened up in Elizabethtown’s revitalized downtown, and more than 30,000 visitors flock every summer to the Elizabethtown Aquatic Park. And in April 2018, a near replica of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C., opened up in the Elizabethtown Nature Park.

County Seat: Elizabethtown; Edna Berger, mayor;

Estimated 2018 population: 110,072

No. of households: 40,422

Median household income: $51,541

Hardin County Chamber of Commerce: Brad Richardson, president

Elizabethtown Hardin County Industrial Foundation:
Richard Games, president/COO;

Judge-Executive: Harry L. Berry;

Elizabethtown Tourism and Convention Bureau:
Sherry Murphy, executive director;