Our mission is to cultivate an environment that creates high-quality jobs, match employers to job-ready workers, and support vibrant communities throughout Knox County.
The Area Development Foundation is the primary contact for economic development in Knox County. Our staff encourages the growth and prosperity of local industry by supporting local companies through tax-abatement services, resource connection, workforce solutions, and other various services. Knox County is a well-educated and proudly rural community located in the growing Columbus Region, and the ADF is the area representative for companies looking for new business locations.
Board of Directors
The ADF Board of Directors advises the ADF staff on the mission and activities of the foundation.
Adam Garn – Chair of the Board
Senior Tax Manager
Hon. Matt Starr – Vice-Chair of the Board
City of Mount Vernon
Mark Ramser – Treasurer
Ohio Cumberland Gas Company
Hon. Teresa Bemiller
Ohio Eastern Star Home
Vice-President & General Manager
Chief Financial Officer
98th District in the Ohio House of Representatives
Hon. Ryan Shoemaker
Village of Fredericktown
Chief Executive Officer
Knox Community Hospital
First Knox National Bank
ADF staff actively supports the foundation’s mission as well as represents and manages the Knox County Land Bank, and the Cooper Progress Park. The staff serves on many boards that keep them connected and educated for their role.