About Knox County Economic Development

Established in 1981, Knox County Economic Development’s leadership and vision have created an atmosphere of cooperation. We are dedicated to maintaining and improving the quality of life for the citizens of Knox County by developing the overall economy of the county.

Knox County Economic Development has a supportive board that is actively involved in the recruitment, expansion, and retention of businesses. In addition to a strong partnership with the City of Vincennes and Knox County government, Knox County Economic Development has more than 100 private members that help fund the economic development efforts.

Our Goals

Knox County continues to experience growth. Our executive committee served as the steering committee for developing our strategic plan. The entire 51-member board participated in a retreat and we solicited input from a variety of sectors including business, education, economic development, planning, not-for-profit, and elected officials.  We had an additional 75 stakeholders who gave of their time and participated in the focus groups. We completely vetted all the community input and created the following goals to guide our activities:

  • Economic Development: “Increase economic competitiveness, stability, diversity, and quality.”
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation: “Create an entrepreneurial ecosystem for connectedness, innovation, and a supportive culture to achieve self-sustaining business development.”
  • Talent: “Cultivate a skilled workforce by increasing the development and training pipeline, and attracting new talent into Knox County.
  • Quality of Place: “Develop and market the region as an attractive location for a variety of families, incomes, and ages.”

Board of Directors

Allie BobeBobe's Pizza Group
Brandon TullySkill Electric, LLC
Brian GroveVincennes City Council
Chuck JohnsonVincennes University
Clifford YorkCarson Wealth Management Group
Craig KirkFirst Financial Bank
Darrel BobeNorth Knox School Corporation
David CulpReal Estate Broker
Dennis MouzinMouzin Brothers Farms
Don VillwockVillwock Farms
Drew GarretsonCeres Solutions Cooperative
Eli McCormickBestway Express, Inc.
Ellen Harperindividual
Eric NiehausNiehaus Companies, Inc.
Graham DycusHartBell, LLC
Greg CardinalGerman American Bank
Greg ParsleyVincennes Community School Corporation
Harry NoltingKnox County Council
Heath KleinKlein Real Estate
James BundrenCenterPoint Energy
Jamie NealKnox County Chamber of Commerce
Janice BarniakVincennes/Knox County Visitors and Tourism Board
Jeff CochrenSouth Knox School Corporation
Jennifer ParkerKCARC
Jerry MasonFutaba Indiana of America
Jerry ZeiglerEwing Printing Co. Inc.
Joe YochumVincennes Mayor
Kellie StreeterKnox County Board of Commissioners
Kirk BouchieVincennes Water Utilities
Kurt PhegleyDuke Energy
Kyle TelligmanKemper CPA Group
Leslie BeardWIN Energy REMC
Lorrinda EllermannCharlie’s Candy Shop
Mark GerkinThe AME Group
Mark JonesPioneer Oil Company
Mike McCartyindividual
Nichole LikeThe Pantheon Center
Richard AshbyVincennes City Council
Richard ChattinKnox County Council
Richard PeaSunrise Coal LLC
Rob McLinGood Samaritan Hospital
Scott UttFirst Vincennes Savings Bank
Shepard DunnFirst City Partners, LLC
Spencer BurkhartBurkhurt Insurance Agency
Steve BlinnOld National Bank
Steve WolfeWolfe Construction Company
Susan BrocksmithPE Brocksmith and Son Farms
Thomas EstabrookBicknell Mayor
Tim SmithVincennes Township Fire District
Tom NowaskieWIN Energy REMC