As Knox County’s economic developer, Area Development Foundation uses creative deal-structuring and incentives to reduce risk and encourage business growth.
Please contact us to discuss your specific project and the various ways we can assist you in achieving your goals.
Our economic development team works closely with local, state and federal entities to determine eligibility for incentive programs.

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Downtown Redevelopment District

A Downtown Redevelopment District is an economic development mechanism available to municipalities in Ohio to promote the rehabilitation of historic buildings and encourage economic development in commercial, mixed-use commercial, and residential areas, and fund transportation improvements that will benefit the areas. The payments derived from the increased assessed value of any improvement to real property are directed towards a separate fund to encourage redevelopment. There is a DRD in the works for Fredericktown and Mount Vernon, but they are not currently in place.

Central Business District CRA

A Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) is a law intended to encourage depository institutions to help meet the credit needs of the communities in which they operate, including low- and moderate-income (LMI) neighborhoods, consistent with safe and sound banking operations. By abating different levels of improved tax value for certain development, a CRA can increase business and residential development in an area.

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JobsOhio is a private nonprofit corporation designed to drive job creation and new capital investment in Ohio through business attraction, retention, and expansion efforts.

Making a difference is a core value for JobsOhio. Their strategies and programs are designed to improve the lives of Ohioans and strengthen the communities where they live. In partnership with state and local partners, JobsOhio has redefined economic development and epitomizes a model that others are trying to emulate across the country and around the globe.

41 S. High Street, Suite 1500
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Phone: 614-321-1877
Toll-free: 1-866-727-7908

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Opportunity Zones

Opportunity Zones (OZ) were created in 2017 as part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. OZs are powerful development tools meant to stimulate investment in disinvested areas by offering capital gains tax deferments on qualified investments. The State of Ohio also offers tax deferments for investments in OZs. There is currently one OZ in Knox County. It is located in Mount Vernon and offers several investment opportunities.

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Mount Vernon OZ Prospectus

Foreign Trade Zone

Located entirely within Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) 138, this resource allows companies to import goods into the United States without formal customs entry (depending on final destination). FTZs have grown in popularity resulting in consistently creating and keeping jobs and capital investment in the country. To learn more on how your company could benefit from using FTZ-138, download this informative brochure!

Angie Atwood
Program Manager, FTZ-138
Phone: 614-409-3622
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