We Are Knox County’s Economic Developer
+1 (740) 393-3806
110 East High Street
Mount Vernon, OH 43050


As Knox County’s economic developer, the Area Development Foundation is the local go-to source for available incentives information and deal-structuring know-how.

Established in the mid-1950s, the Foundation has professionally guided successful commercial and industrial development within Knox County. From negotiating public-private development deals to serving as the ombudsman for industrial end users, we exist only to retain and grow commercial and industrial economic opportunities within Knox County.

First and foremost, the Foundation is a problem-solver. We offer the following specific types of services:

All manner of land and business development services, relying on a deep network of personal contacts at the federal, state and regional levels – including decision makers and funding managers.

In addition, the Foundation offers a continuum of ad hoc skills:

We negotiate state and local incentives such as job-creation tax credits; long-term project financing; and property tax exemptions for new commercial development

We are well-versed in the following programs:

Please reach out and contact us directly if your business is facing an obstacle, contemplating an expansion, or determining whether to establish operations within Knox County.

The Foundation will run the traps with you and your team to ensure success.