SHELBYVILLE, Ky. – Surrounded by nature, coupled with small-town charm and the latest COVID-19 safety measures, the Shelbyville Conference Center is set to open in August.
To be managed by ShelbyKY Tourism, the center’s location is central to Shelbyville’s historic downtown and scenic parks system and less than an hour from the state’s largest cities, Louisville and Lexington.
With three historic silos as visual centerpieces, the creation of Shelbyville Conference Center demonstrates the partnership of the City of Shelbyville, Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative, and ShelbyKY Tourism.
“The Shelbyville Conference and Welcome Center is over 20 years in the making and is a true representation of the dedication and spirit of Shelbyville’s residents and businesses,” said Shelbyville mayor David Eaton. “Constructing the Conference Center in Shelbyville is a milestone for our city and something that everyone in the community can look forward to celebrating.”
Including state-of-the-art capabilities for hosting in-person and hybrid events, the Conference Center and Welcome Center offers more than 16,000 square feet of space spread over one floor. Award-winning, Kentucky-based architectural and interior design firm EOP Architects led the Center’s design.
Decorated in contemporary shades of gray and brown with stone accents, an equine theme is used throughout the center to symbolize Shelby County’s designation as the ‘American Saddlebred Capital of the World.’ The space can seat 500 people banquet-style or can be broken into three smaller rooms. There is a rentable outdoor patio and pre-function space strategically designed for smaller gatherings. An onsite prep kitchen enables groups to work with the caterer of their choice.
The ShelbyKY Tourism team will manage operations and work from the center.