Hardin County and Fort Knox are home to the largest office complex in the state – the Human Resource Center of Excellence.

Dedicated and memorialized on May 27th of 2010, the Maude complex boast nearly 900,000 square feet of office space. The state-of-the-art facility is home to the U.S. Army Accessions Command and U.S. Army Human Resources Command. It is named for LTG Timothy J. Maude, the G1 of the ARMY, who lost his life in the 9-11 attack on the Pentagon.

Hardin County increased non-farm employment by the 5th highest percentage in the nation (from October 2009 – October 2010).

Reflecting growth at Fort Knox, the number of federal jobs in Hardin County increased from 4,775 in 2007 to 6,069 in the second quarter of 2010, according to the state Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

Hardin County has more post-secondary institutions per capita than any other county in the Commonwealth.

Recent growth in the area has created increased demand for higher education offerings and a number of institutions have stepped up to deliver. One example is the Regional Education Center in Radcliff. For the state of Kentucky, it is a first of its kind, partnership of educational institutions who are working together through a shared education facility to provide higher educational opportunities to companies and citizens of the Central Kentucky region including Fort Knox, Bardstown, Brandenburg, Radcliff, and Elizabethtown, Kentucky.

Hardin County was recently ranked 4th in the country for growth in total annual income at 5.2%.

While most of the nation’s income dropped last year, areas near military installations fared well. The Base Realignment and Closure initiative provided Fort Knox with an extra boost — not only in new jobs but also in major construction projects.

Hardin County is named for John J. Hardin, a Continental Army officer during the American Revolution.

In 1786, the Hardin family settled on a large parcel of land in Washington County, Virginia (now nearby Washington County, Kentucky), where they farmed and raised stock. Hardin was killed while attempting to negotiate peace with the Shawnee at the request of President George Washington.

Hardin County is home to the Schmidt Museum of Coca Cola Memorabilia – the largest private collection of Coca Cola memorabilia in the nation.

The museum was started in 1976 and is now housed in a 32,000 sq. ft. facility that opened in May 2006. The collection is displayed over 8,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space and includes antique Coca-Cola® delivery vehicles, turn of the Century bottling works, vending machines, toys, bottle displays, signs, expanded Santa exhibit and the only known, complete collection of classic Coca-Cola® serving trays.

Hardin County is consistently ranked among the safest metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) in the nation to live.

The area, which includes Elizabethtown, Radcliff, Hardin and LaRue counties, was named the 17th safest metropolitan area in the country according to the 13th annual Morgan Quitno Awards for America’s Safest Cities. 344 metropolitan areas were included in the survey.

Hardin County’s four chambers of commerce recently voted to unify.

Benefits of unification for area business will include increased networking, a stronger voice in Frankfort, making the most of resources and — for some members of multiple chambers — reduced dues, according to the Heartland Chambers Alliance.

Hardin County is home to USA Cares one of the nation’s foremost charitable organizations for today’s military families.

USA Cares provides financial and advocacy assistance to post 9/11 active duty US military service personnel, veterans and their families. They assist all branches of service, all ranks and components and treat all with privacy and dignity in appreciation for their service and sacrifice.

Hardin County and the surrounding region is home to more than 54,000 retired military.

For nearly a century, Fort Knox has been a mainstay of activity in Hardin County. Many that spend time at Fort Knox decide to make the area home after their Military career. Most say it is the friendly people, wide open spaces and quality of life that makes their decision to stay here so easy.