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

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