The Elizabethtown-Hardin County Industrial Foundation (EHCIF) provides a Elizabethtown offers an exceptional business climate that gives new and existing companies a competitive advantage.
Located in Central Kentucky, Elizabethtown puts your products within a day’s drive of two-thirds of the U.S. population. We’re right off Interstate 65, the Western Kentucky Parkway and the Bluegrass Parkway, and we’re just a short drive from Louisville International Airport and UPS WorldPort. Abundant railway service also is available.
Low cost of doing business
Businesses in Elizabethtown enjoy some of the lowest utility costs in the nation, substantial incentives, no-cost workforce training programs and much more. EHCIF works closely with industry in the area, helping to make valuable connections with government, education and other organizations that benefit our flourishing business community.
More than 9,500 people are employed by Elizabethtown’s growing manufacturing sector and supporting businesses. Elizabethtown manufacturers have invested more than $300 million in new and expanding facilities in the last few years. This success has led the Elizabethtown-Fort Knox MSA to outpace the nation in job creation and to earn multiple recognitions. The MSA is:
- Ranked 9th in corporate facility investment among MSAs with populations of 200,000 or less.
- Ranked 3rd best place to work in manufacturing of 376 MSAs by SmartAsset in 2019.
Transportation and logistics
The large concentration of nearby transportation, logistics and communications infrastructure, including water, air, road and rail transportation and telecommunications, not to mention the UPS WorldPort, creates the perfect location for businesses and industries that rely on strategic transportation/logistics.
In Elizabethtown, successful start-ups and established local companies are creating jobs, generating revenue and providing a spirit of entrepreneurship that spreads through all sectors. In fact, our MSA recently was ranked No. 1 for start-up growth rate in the nation.
Other prominent industry sectors in Elizabethtown, a city recently ranked 7th among U.S. cities for white-collar job creation, include healthcare, retail and government, which includes nearby Fort Knox.