“Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have.” Margaret Mead
This is the heart of the formation of the Ballard Bottoms Tourism Council. The council developed from an idea that was put forth at the meetings held by the City of Barlow, led by the Kentucky League of Cities. From there a number of caring and concerned citizens from Ballard County came together to form the Ballard Bottoms Tourism Council. Ballard Bottoms Tourism Council (BBTC) is a 501(c) 3, not-for-profit organization recognized by the IRS.
Our mission statement
“The primary purpose of the BBTC is to combat community deterioration. Our focus is on beautification, historic, and recreational enhancement projects, encouragement of business and government investment in the area, restoring infrastructure and natural resources, as well as transforming the current economic base to create employment and income opportunities within the community. We will cooperate closely with each community, the Ballard County Chamber of Commerce, private citizens, private businesses, industry and educational institutions to revitalize Ballard County.”
To accomplish this we have identified the multitude of resources that we have here in Ballard County from the 30,000 plus acres of outdoor adventures that are right outside our front doors to the talented citizens and diverse businesses. A primary goal of the BBTC is to bring Ballard County to the world’s attention by promoting the opportunities for outdoor recreation to those who appreciate the outdoors along with people helping encourage, promote, and assist local citizens and businesses to expand.
We have all heard “Location, Location, Location” in relation to real estate or a business’s site. Ballard County is a prime location for outdoor pursuits and the attending businesses. We are at the very heart of the country within a 6-hour drive for 60% of the total population of the United States who are looking for an outdoor challenge and other recreational pursuits. They are willing to spend their hard earned money on a vacation that they can remember for a lifetime and share with family and friends. They are looking for an adventure that they can return to year after year because (1) they can’t do everything in one visit and (2) they are warmly welcomed and treated like family.
The BBTC is focused on promoting our natural assets, partnering with existing businesses and helping our talented pool of artists and crafts people find a niche and a local market here in Ballard County. Strengthening existing businesses and creating new businesses equal growth and stability for all our communities and jobs for our greatest asset, our children and grandchildren. Success can be measured in many ways, but for the BBTC it is that our friends and neighbors are able to stay here and raise their families for generations to come.