Why Harrodsburg, KY?

Harrodsburg is rich with history and historical ties dating back to James Harrod and Daniel Boone and the first settlers in the area. The area offers so much to do! Historical venues like Fort Harrod State Park,Shaker Village, and Lake Herrington are amazing. Harrodsburg also has a beautiful Main Street area with lots of shops, businesses and restaurants! Visit Harrodsburg/Mercer County for a great experience. 

Please check the Mercer County Chamber of Commerce webpage for a full calendar and list of events happening soon! 

Top & Targeted Industries

  • Manufacturing
    Harrodsburg/Mercer County is home to three (3) large and one medium size industrial manufacturing plants. Hitachi Automotive, Corning, Inc. and Essity (Wausau) Paper are major industries for our community providing over 2500 jobs. Toyota Boshoku and Kentucky Utilities (Power Plant) provide a combined 400 permanent and over 200 temporary positions. Other industries that are important to this area are Tourism (due to the historical significance of the area) and agriculture, especially beef cattle.

Our People

The people of Mercer County pride themselves on the hometown feel and historical ties within the Harrodsburg, Salvisa, and Burgin areas. Friendly faces and conversations are abound in the downtown district and also during festivals and gatherings throughout the county! 

Our Region

Danville- Boyle County, is a neighboring county to Mercer. Danville houses Constitution Square which is where the first Constitution of Kentucky was signed. 

Our region is an excellent place to rear a family! 

Join Our Community

Please speak directly to businesses and site selection decision makers using StateBook and invite them to do business and invest in your community.

Programs and Incentives

There are perks to being a member of the Mercer County Chamber of Commerce! We take pride in visiting and connecting with each of our members face-to-face as well as other avenues. We have a very active Facebook page that we post on frequently and the Mercer Chamber webpage is continuously updated. Also, weekly e-news letters are sent vie email for the public to view. Our Executive Director, Jill S. Cutler also hosts Chamber Chat on the radio and newspaper weekly. Monthly meetings and events are organized and scheduled to promote a sense of connectedness throughout our community.

The Chamber of Commerce is a voluntary organization of citizens who are investing their time and money in a community development program - working together to improve the economic, civic and cultural well being of the area.

Any citizen who is interested in helping to develop the area (which means more money, more business, more jobs, and other better living for everyone) is eligible to be a member of the Chamber of Commerce. The dues structure is designed to permit individuals and even the smallest businesses to be members.

The work of the Chamber is financed by the investment of the members who support it on the basis of their size and interest in the progress of the area. We are partners with the new Conover Education Center of Campbellsville University and are housed with them at 1150 Danville Road.

These are just a few of the many perks that the Chamber has to offer its members! 

Have a business? Join today!

The Harrodsburg/Mercer County Industrial Development Authority and the Mercer Chamber offer programs for the future workforce.  The Industrial Authority develops and runs these initiatives:

Work Ready Community Certification (2016)
Senior Seminar
8th Grade Industry Day
Industry/Education Appreciation Luncheon
Industry Tours

HMCIDA is also the catalyst for industry and business incentives, whether they be existing additions or new business. HMCIDA works with the local, state and federal government entities to find incentives that will benefit the business or industry.

The Mercer Chamber is part of the Kentucky Workforce Center Talent Pipeline Management System as a Champion and works with Campbellsville University and the Bluegrass Technical School to offer high demand certificates and degrees.

Did You Know?

  • Over 30% of those employed in Harrodsburg/Mercer County are employed in the manufacturing industry. The county average in KY is only 11%.
  • Harrodsburg/Mercer County (Corning, Inc.) is the only place in the USA where "Gorilla Glass", the glass on your cell phone, is made.
  • Another interesting fact is that everyone knows you or your family and you have connections with people that last a lifetime.
  • Did you know the Mercer Chamber embarked on a 7 year journey to bring higher education to our community culminating in a Center of Campbellsville University!

Data Name Value Percent
Total Population 21,592  
Median Age 43.2  
Bachelor's Degree or Higher, Age 25+ 2,795 18.51%
High School Degree or Higher, Age 25+ 12,741 84.40%
Civilian Labor Force 10,490 60.36%
Median Household Income $55,093  
Major airports within area + 100 mile radius
Airport Name
Blue Grass
Louisville Muhammad Ali Intl
Regional airports within area + 100 mile radius None
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Georgetown-Scott County Rgnl
Lebanon Springfield-George Hoerter Fld
Samuels Fld
Stuart Powell Fld
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