Lebanon is notable for its safe, friendly, and compassionate community. As the county seat of Marion, Lebanon has a blend of major industry, tourist attractions, and recreation. As part of Marion County’s prospering Bourbon Tourism, Limestone Branch Distillery is a popular stop along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour®. Lebanon’s downtown is the site of the Marion County Historical Society, many local businesses, and community murals. Ham Days, which usually has 60,000-70,000 people in attendance, can be found annually in the downtown as well as many other community events. Lebanon has an extensive city park near Lebanon’s downtown that lies on 100 acres of land and is accompanied by the Lebanon Aquatic Center. Lebanon showcases talent at Centre Square which provides education in dance, acting, and singing.
Lebanon burst onto the economic development landscape about 30 years ago as industries and jobs multiplied, finding a new home in Lebanon, and is now a magnet for industries drawing a large portion of laborers from Marion and surrounding counties. Lebanon is still in the process of developing the Heartland Parkway which will be connecting the Bluegrass Parkway and the Cumberland Parkway. The combination of the parkways in the region has led to Lebanon becoming a crossroads for industrial activity in the clusters of automotive, value-added metals, plastics, agricultural, spirits, hardwoods, healthcare, and transportation logistics. Conveniently located near cities such as Elizabethtown, Lexington, and Louisville, Lebanon offers an escape from metropolitan bustle and noise. Lebanon has a well-developed infrastructure system making it an ideal location for businesses and industries including three water sources and two cooperative utility companies. Lebanon has a distinguished school system that benefits from having an Area Technology Center (ATC) which allows students to explore career pathways and get a head start on their future. Residents also have the option for students to enroll in St. Augustine, a private, Catholic school.