Shelby is nestled in the southwestern corner of North Carolina near the South Carolina border and is conveniently located between Charlotte and Asheville.
Shelby has the physical infrastructure to accommodate almost any type of industry. The city has changed over time from a traditional industrial structure that consumed relatively large amounts of water to a more modern, diversified, less water dependent business and industry base has led to ample supplies of water and excess sewer capacity. The terrain in and around the City is well suited for development and offers cost advantages for drainage and sewage collection systems. A favorable geographic location with an excellant transportation network places local businesses within easy reach of population centers and markets in the eastern US. Combining these assets with a productive and reliable work force, an accommodating business environment, a responsive and cooperative local government and a distinct and genuine small-town character and quality of life gives Shelby a development advantage that few comparably-sized towns can match.
To ensure that their development policies and actions are consistent with community values and responsive to changing needs, the City recently completed a Strategic Growth Plan to deal effectively with anticipated growth and growth-related issues. With extensive public input, a comprehensive set of long-range policies and a prioritized plan of short-term actions were adopted to guide decisions that will keep Shelby as attractive and livable in the future as it is today.
In 1841, Cleveland County was carved from existing Lincoln and Rutherford Counties and named for Colonel Benjamin Cleveland, a Revolutionary War hero at the Battle of Kings Mountain. Shelby's main streets are named for Revolutionary War heroes.
Shelby was incorporated in 1843 and is the county seat of Cleveland County. It is the largest city in the county with a population of over 21,000. The City was designated an "All-American City" in 1970 and was named as one the first national and state "Main Street" communities in 1980.
Jerry Ballard & Associates, Inc. is an award-winning, top-producing, online-based North Carolina Insurance Agency that has attained the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina President's Club Status for excellence since its inception. At NC Health Plans, we offer a variety of insurance products, focusing primarily on the North Carolina health insurance and Medicare markets. Our goal is to provide the highest level of service to our customers while offering the convenience of handling your health insurance needs from the comfort of your own home. A leader in the industry, Jerry Ballard has been the #1 top producing independent insurance agent for Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina in individual sales for 11 consecutive years. In August 2014, Jerry was inducted in the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Hall of Fame and he has successfully built a team of qualified, professional Agents dedicated to providing exemplary service to both new and existing customers. Not only does our Agency offer outstanding service, we also provide the technological sophistication you need to obtain quick and accurate information via our website, www.nchealthplans.com. In this ever-changing health insurance market, it is more important than ever to have a knowledgeable and professional advocate to help you navigate your insurance needs. At Jerry Ballard & Associates, Inc. we make it our priority to offer you both quality products and personal service.
In December 2018 our Agency was further recognized and received The Elite Plus Circle of Champions status for 2019 which highlights the highest performing agents and brokers into this small and esteemed group. The Elite Plus designation is the pinnacle of the Marketplace Circle of Champions program. We were among the top performing agents or brokers in the Marketplace, helping 500 and more consumers make plan selections and enroll for plan year 2019.
In December 2017 our Agency was recognized and received a Certificate of Recognition from HealthCare.Gov in appreciation of our ongoing contribution and success during the 2018 Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment period. This recognition placed us in the Circle of Champions and is based on our hard work and high enrollment production. This has increased access to health care for many and made a lasting positive impact for all of our customers throughout the State of North Carolina.
NC Health Plans offers Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina health insurance plans both on and off the Health Insurance Exchange/Marketplace, Medicare Supplement plans, Group Health Insurance and Dental plans for all ages.
We also offer additional products through other carriers including, Temporary Health Insurance, Term Life Insurance, Vision Insurance, Short Term Disability, Home Health Care plans which is a great alternative to Long Term Care and Out of Pocket Protection plans that can help reduce or eliminate your health insurance deductible.