We Are Knox County’s Economic Developer
+1 (740) 393-3806
507 W. High Street
P.O. Box 29
Mount Vernon, OH 43050


The Area Development Foundation is Knox County’s economic developer.  We are the local go-to source for financial incentives deal-structuring and available property.

Established in the mid-1950s, the Foundation professionally guides commercial and industrial development within Knox County.

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 skills:

  • Understanding Knox County property tax millage – 2019 effective rates
  • Organizational capacity building
  • How to transfer (“TREX”) liquor permits for economic development

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 economic development incentives.  See our 2-page overview document, as well as links for the following programs:

Contact us if your business is facing an obstacle, contemplating an expansion, or determining whether to establish operations within Knox County.

The Foundation will work with you and your team to ensure success. We look forward to talking with you!