Welcome To Ballard County, KY

Welcome To Ballard County

Located at the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers, Ballard County, Kentucky is a great place to live, work, play and shop.  Whether you are looking at our community to relocate your business, a new place to live or as a travel destination, we invite you to visit our home.


Founded on the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers in 1842, Ballard County is named after Captain Bland Ballard, a soldier, statesman, and member of the Kentucky general assembly. The communities within our county have developed distinct characteristics that together, define the county as a whole. The county seat is located in the far western area of Wickliffe.


Wickliffe is also home to the Wickliffe Mounds. Once the site of a Mississippian village occupied around 1100-1300 AD, the site is now a state historic site and home to a research center and museum.


Our county is home to a great amount of resources for outdoor enthusiasts.  Whether you are looking for opportunities for hunting, fishing, water sports, hiking, camping or something else,  come visit us.


City of Wickliffe Offers Small Business COVID-19 Relief Fund

The COVID-19 small business relief fund is an effort from the City of Wickliffe to support local Wickliffe based businesses through the hardship COVID-19 has caused. 
Grant awards are up to $500 per eligible business and must be used towards payroll, mortgage, rent, or utilities. As funding is limited, grants are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis.

As this fund is meant to support those most impacted by COVID-19, applicants MUST meet the following criteria:

1. Be an operating business in the city limits of Wickliffe, Kentucky
2. Not be a franchise or franchise-affiliated
3. Be categorized as a non-essential business type that was required to cease or reduce operations under the Governor of Kentucky’s COVID-19 Executive Orders.
4. Be open and operating before January 01, 2020

If your business meets the above 4 criteria, then please continue to submit your application.

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Eligible Small Businesses Should Apply ASAP for Tax Credits Worth up to $25,000 

Kentucky Small Business Tax Credit program incentivizes eligible investment, job creation 

Kentucky small businesses have the opportunity to claim a tax credit of up to $25,000. Through the Kentucky Small Business Tax Credit (KSBTC) program, small businesses need to apply in early November to secure their best chance of approval in time for this year’s tax filings. Tax credits are available to most companies that added at least one new full-time employee and invested $5,000 or more in qualifying equipment or technology within the past 24 months.

Qualifying small businesses may be eligible to receive a state income tax credit ranging from $3,500 to $25,000 per year. The tax credit amount depends on the number of jobs created and the amount invested in new equipment. Most for-profit businesses of 50 or fewer full-time employees qualify, including construction, manufacturing, retail, service and wholesale companies.

In 2019, the program incentivized the creation of 487 private-sector jobs and over $4.1 million in investments by 151 small businesses. On average, each participating company hired three people and received more than $10,000 in tax savings. Since inception, the program has assisted in creating over 2,800 jobs and $27 million in new investments.

KSBTC is a program of the Cabinet’s KY Innovation office, which encourages growth among Kentucky’s startups and small businesses. Other resources through KY Innovation include programs providing access to credit, mentoring and advocacy. Entrepreneurs and startups also can connect with multiple resources at Regional Innovation for Startups and Entrepreneurs (RISE) offices statewide.

To learn more about the Kentucky Small Business Tax Credit program or to apply, click the button below. You may also contact the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development at 800-626-2930.


The United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development Kentucky State Director Hilda Legg announced today the Trump administration is investing $933,592 across 14 different projects in Ballard, Carlisle, Fulton, Hickman, and McCracken counties.

“Here we have a great cross section of how Rural Development improves the quality of life and economy in rural America – from energy efficiency to life-saving equipment,” said Legg. “Thanks to the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue, USDA Rural Development continues to be a valuable partner in helping rural businesses and communities across the commonwealth.”

The city of Arlington will use a $21,300 grant and a $7,200 loan to purchase a four wheel drive pickup truck for the City of Arlington’s Road Department. It will be used as a multi-functional vehicle for public safety, traffic control, clearing roadways, and emergency response. The city of Arlington will also use a $14,700 grant and a $5,000 loan to purchase a new utility tractor for the road department to replace an older, unreliable implement and continue to provide public safety and clean roadways for a rural population in Carlisle County.

The city of Bardwell will use a $50,000 grant and a $28,700 loan to purchase an excavator for the Street Department. The excavator will be used to maintain ditches, replace culverts, clear debris, and perform street repairs. The city of Bardwell will also use a $31,700 grant to purchase a four-wheel-drive truck. The city
will use the truck for street maintenance, clearing debris from roadways, hauling equipment to job sites, and snow removal in order to maintain public safety for residents. The city of Bardwell will also use a $33,900 grant and an $11,300 loan to purchase extraction equipment (jaws of life) for the fire department to respond to vehicle and ATV accidents on Highways 51 and 62, both of which run through town, and at the new ATV park.

The city of Barlow will use a $13,550 grant and an $11,100 loan to purchase a tractor for the Road Department to replace an older vehicle that is in disrepair in order to maintain/clean public roadways and ensure public safety.

The city of Clinton will use a $49,600 grant and a $33,800 loan to purchase two 2020 Dodge 4×4 trucks, equipped with snow plows and salt spreaders for inclement weather and equipped with Narcan to address opioid-related emergencies. The city of Clinton will also use a $50,000 grant and a $37,100 loan to purchase a new backhoe loader for the county road department to grade ditches and repair roads.

Hickman County Fiscal Court will use a $99,575 grant to make repairs and/or replace the county courthouse’s deteriorating roof. Renovations include the removal and disposal of the existing roof, installation of a new roof, gutters, and fascia. Hickman County Fiscal Court will also use a $39,251 grant and a $73,000 loan to purchase
three new crew-cab trucks for the Hickman County law enforcement department and for the Road Department. The vehicles will be used to pull a hazardous materials response trailer for the clean-up of meth labs, carry Narcan and drug testing kits, store personal protective equipment such as gloves, air filters, and Nomex suits for drug related searches, and aid in search-and rescue missions through the transport of a four-wheeler. The Road Department truck will be used to haul food deliveries to the Senior Citizens Center and the Mission House as part of the Feeding America program and to remove solid waste recycling for the community, as well as maintain roads for public safety.

The city of Hickman will use a $45,000 grant and a $193,000 loan to finish a project to correct an aged and failing sewer system by installing two new external larifiers to improve settling and solids removal and a new sludge pumping system to allow proper operator control of the solids. The project includes the cleaning and use of closed-circuit television of 25 lines to assess and rehab/repair/replace 53 manholes and one lift station.

Charles Myatt will use a $12,816 grant to make energy efficiency improvements (installing an Ecodrum Composter) at his poultry farm. The project will save approximately 125,996 kWh of energy per year.

Twin City Ambulance Service Inc. will use an $18,000 grant to purchase a generator, 10 automated external defibrillators, and 10 pediatric pads. The generator will ensure continued USDA Rural Development operations to a facility that houses administrative office and medical supply storage, and first responders will use the AED equipment to address cardiac arrest incidents.

West Kentucky Regional Riverport Authority will use a $54,000 grant to obtain a feasibility study to analyze the viability of a riverport for the promotion of businesses within a distressed region. The study will ultimately recruit new river industries to locate near the port or within the service area, obtain foreign investment from new international partners in the region, and support local businesses by investing a cost-efficient method of shipping goods nationally and internationally. The project service area is focusing on four counties: Ballard, Carlisle, Fulton and Hickman.

USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov.

 Kentucky Association for Economic Development and University of Kentucky Launch Kentucky Economic Recovery and Resilience Project

Phase 1 Rollout to Include Free Strategic Tools Available to All Kentucky Businesses and Economic Development Leaders 

FRANKFORT, Kentucky  – The Kentucky Association for Economic Development (KAED) and the University of Kentucky (UK) have collaborated to launch the Kentucky Economic Recovery and Resilience Project to accelerate the Commonwealth’s recovery from the COVID-19 global pandemic and to enhance Kentucky’s on-going economic resilience. A two phased approach, Phase 1 provides strategic intelligence to all Kentucky businesses and targeted data to empower Kentucky’s economic development leaders.

Beginning August 20th, every Kentucky business has access to SizeUpKentucky, an intelligence, market research, and competitive analysis tool tailored specifically to individual Kentucky companies. These data are designed to boost the ability of all Kentucky enterprise to inform decision making and thrive in the Commonwealth. Businesses may access this information at www.SizeUpKentucky.com.

Additionally, Phase 1 launch will equip economic developers with metric driven intelligence to inform a strategic approach to business retention, expansion, and attraction. This platform will assist with supply chain management, provide data on the fastest growing American industries and companies, and will curate a targeted database of verified expansion and/or location projects. These data are provided via Gazelle.AI and FDI365 managed by the University of Kentucky. Access to industry, company, and local data are available without cost via a request link provided at https://cedik.ca.uky.edu/ky-recovery.

“The Kentucky Economic Recovery and Resilience Project is an enhancement of our strategic capacity to enrich economies across our Commonwealth,” stated Matt Tackett, President & CEO of Kentucky Association for Economic Development. “We expect this project to aid in the creation and retention of Kentucky jobs, and to ultimately better prepare our Commonwealth for success in a global marketplace.”
The Kentucky Economic Recovery and Resilience Project is an execution of vision developed in collaboration with the Community and Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky (CEDIK) at the University of Kentucky. Led by Dr. Alison Davis, CEDIK has been instrumental in the development and implementation of KAED initiatives specific to professional education, COVID- recovery, and business retention and expansion. Dr. Davis stated, “COVID-19 has re-emphasized the importance of supporting our existing businesses and building capacity for those who lead local and regional economic development efforts. If we can successfully support our local industries and communities during difficult times they will be well-positioned for a strong recovery and growth when the pandemic ends.”

The Kentucky Association for Economic Development and Community and Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky plan to release a recurring series of training webinars throughout 2020 to provide instruction to business and economic development leaders to access and leverage Kentucky Economic Recovery and Resilience Project services.



Alchemycommunities.com has researched and compiled the best funding resources available for rural communities’ COVID-19 recovery. To save you time, we’ve organized the information to help you find what you need fast.   Click the button below for more information.

Below is the link to access information about the Team KY Fund. This fund will be available to individuals who have had at least a 50% decrease in wages. If you know of individuals in your community that could use a hand up during this difficult time, please refer them to the website. 

The Team Kentucky Fund currently has raised more than $3.1 million. To access an application, click here.


The state of Kentucky is providing a service to help any business that use N95 masks, clean them for reuse. This program is free. 

The Battelle CCDS system is operational allowing agencies to ship,via FedEx, N95 masks to the KY Expo Center for decontamination and receive a return shipment by FedEx, at no cost to the user. 

Register at www.battelle.org/decon.



Gov. Andy Beshear is holding daily news conferences to provide the latest COVID-19-related announcements. These are live streamed to his Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/GovAndyBeshear/

Each briefing is followed by a news release, available at www.kentucky.gov.

Employers and residents can stay up to date on the latest Kentucky COVID-19 information at:

Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet

Gov. Beshear is waiving the waiting period for unemployment for those who are losing their jobs because of COVID-19 and will waive any work-search requirements while Kentucky’s state of emergency is in effect.

“We know the steps we are taking are going to cause people to lose their jobs,” Gov. Beshear said. “We want you to be able to qualify for unemployment and we don’t want to create impediments that keep you from being able to get through this. We are going to make sure we get through this together.”

The Kentucky Career Center provides unemployment services when employees become unemployed at no fault of their own. Those workers can receive a small amount of money to help them make ends meet during unemployment. That money comes from unemployment insurance. Unemployment insurance is funded by payroll taxes. To file a claim for unemployment insurance benefits, the job seeker must be separated from your employer or experience a reduction in your work hours.


• Rapid Response unemployment insurance Fact Sheet for Job Seekers
• Kentucky Career Center unemployment insurance assistance locations
• 10 Tips for a better unemployment insurance experience

Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development

The Cabinet’s business development project managers will be making calls to existing Kentucky manufacturers, service and tech companies. Our project managers will offer insight, assistance and guidance during this time. As well, Kristina Slattery, executive director of the Office of Business and Community Services, will take point on handling and directing the Cabinet’s COVID-19-related business inquiries to our project managers, KY Innovation staff, the communications team and others within the Cabinet.

Contact the Cabinet for Economic Development at:
(502) 564-7670

Ballard County Economic Development
(270) 462-2394

As we go forward, the Cabinet for Economic Development, Ballard Chamber, and Ballard EDC will continue to make information for businesses available throughout the state.
#TogetherKy #TeamKentucky


SUPPORT NEEDED – US 51 Bridge Replacement Project

The purpose of the US 51 Bridge Project is to improve cross river mobility between Wickliffe, Kentucky and Cairo, Illinois, by addressing the safety and reliability issues caused by the narrow lane widths, lack of shoulders and tight curve of the existing bridge and its approaches. 

The US 51 Bridge is the longest bridge in the commonwealth of Kentucky, and is the westernmost crossing of the Ohio River. The existing bridge deck is 22.5 ft wide with narrow 10 ft lanes and 1.25 ft shoulders and does not accommodate pedestrians.

The 2013 planning study also noted inadequate vehicle headlight sight distance and a tight horizontal curve on the Kentucky approach which does not meet national or state design standards. Between October 2008 and September 2012, there were 18 vehicle crashes on the bridge between the 20- mph curve in Kentucky and the US 60/US 51 intersection in Illinois. Of these crashes, there were no fatalities and one injury collision. The crashes were largely concentrated at either end of the bridge. The primary crash types
were sideswipes and single-vehicle collisions.

The bridge was designed before much was known about earthquake engineering. However, the New Madrid fault line underlies this geographic area. Applying current seismic design criteria, preliminary estimates indicate that severe damage or
collapse is probable in the event of a major earthquake

Currently, the bridge does not allow oversize or overweight permit loads. 

For more information on the project, visit https://us51bridge.com

Located in far Western Kentucky at the confluence of  the Mississippi and the Ohio Rivers, Ballard County has a unique foundation for growth.  You will find  a wealth of untapped potential at every turn. Often described as a hunter’s paradise, we are home to an abundance of outdoor recreation, wildlife, and adventure. The traditions native to our communities revolve around the area’s rich history and natural resources which create unmatched authentic experiences. With a strong agricultural background Ballard County’s values firmly reflect our pride in serving America.
The Ballard County Fiscal Court, Chamber of Commerce, and Economic & Industrial Board have all joined together to focus on growing our economy through entrepreneurship, growing existing businesses, encouraging and incentivising businesses to relocate to our community and tourism.  We invite you to take the time to explore Ballard County, Kentucky.  Please let us know how we can be of service to you.
Ballard County, Kentucky is centrally located in the Jackson Purchase Region of Western Kentucky near the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers.  Wickliffe, KY is the county seat.  Our county offers small town charm of a rural community with the convenience of quick access to major cities.

The low cost of living and high quality of life afforded in this centrally-located region of the United States is second to none. Western Kentucky is rich in heritage, creativity and diversity. From performing arts and Civil War battle sites to a haven for outdoor enthusiasts of all types,  Ballard County, Kentucky  offers something for everyone. Make Ballard County, Kentucky your new home or come visit our community.

Frequently Asked Questions

Looking for a great place to live, work, play and shop?  Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions that we hear from visitors to our community.

How do residents describe Ballard County, KY?

When surveyed, some of the most common words used to describe our county include: friendly, peaceful, scenic, safe and home. We encourage you to come visit us and see why we love our community.

What can we do when we visit Ballard County, KY?
Ballard County, KY is full of rich history and natural resources.  From the Fort Jefferson Memorial Cross at the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers to the vast acres of prime hunting and fishing areas, our county has something for everyone.  Ballard County is also a part of Kentucky’ Great River Road.  Be sure to visit us on your next road trip.
Why should we locate our business in Ballard County, KY?
From strategic location with access to major interstates, rail service and rivers to a Kentucky Work Ready Community with a readily available workforce to the low cost of living, Our county is the right choice for your business.
Where do I sign up for water service?

Residents who are located in the city limits may contact their local City Halls. Wickliffe (270-335-3552), Barlow (270-334-3500), LaCenter (270-665-5162) and Kevil (270-462-3104) 

How do I contact the gas company?

New Commonwealth Gas (270-335-3116) 

Recycling Information?
Who do I call about my court date?

Ballard County Circuit Clerk (270-335-5123)

Where do I report a pothole or road issues?

Ballard County Road Department, (270-334-3938) or the Road Supervisor, Tod Vance (270-748-2458).

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