Enjoy a Superior Quality of Life in Knox County Indiana

Opportunity knocks in Knox County Indiana • PO Box 701  Vincennes, IN 47591-0701 • TEL 812.886.6993 • FAX 812.886.0888 • info@kcdc.com

Our Mission: "To maintain and improve the quality of life, including environmental concerns, for the citizens of Knox County by developing the overall economy of the county."

Our Long Range Goals: 1. Increase the manufacturing percentage of overall employment
                                               2. Increase established basic employers' capital investment and job creation  
                                               3.  Increase the per capita income growth equal to that of the state as a whole.  
                                              4.  Maintain Knox County’s role as a regional retail, service, and education center.

Knox County Indiana employers give high marks to their workforce when it comes to measuring productivity levels. The annual employee turnover rate is less than 5 percent, and absenteeism rates range from 0-3 percent per month.

If you have specific needs and do not see a Site or Building to fill them below, contact us - we can help!

Information on our existing industries, the cost of doing businesses, taxes, incentives available, government, services and tools for building a successful business are linked below.

The Median Center of US Population is approximately 20 miles west of Vincennes. Because of its strategic location near the Median Center of U.S. Population and the major urban centers, markets and industries, Knox County is a prime location for development and distribution.

Detailed information on the availability and providers of vital services including electric, gas, fire protection, telecommunications, waste water treatment, portable water, groundwater availability and transportation can be found via this link.

Knox County Indiana is a great place to live and work. The community is equally supportive of raising a thriving family or a successful business. And, it is a true community in every sense of the world. We invite you to take a look around, both this site and the Knox County area. We think you will like what you see.

The Knox County Development Corporation would like to acknowledge the Vincennes Sun Commercial, Indiana Economic Digest, InSide Indiana Business, the Evansville Courier and Press and other area resources for some of the news stories and photographs which appear in our news links. We appreciate their ongoing coverage of events which emphasize the growth of Knox County and its economic development efforts.

The Knox County Development Corporation can assist you from planning to completion of your project. How may we assist you? Note:All services are free-of-charge and inquiries are kept strictly confidential.

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Rich History of Building a Brighter Future...

Knox County Indiana has a rich history of anticipating and building for the future. As the the home to Indiana's oldest city, Vincennes, it has always been at the forefront of the development of Indiana and the Midwest.

Vincennes is the birthplace of many of Indiana`s firsts; the first Catholic church in Indiana, first county, first newspaper, first Presbyterian church, first Masonic Lodge, first bank, first medical society and first University.

Founded in 1801 as the Jefferson Academy, Vincennes University continues to be one of the most progressive institutions in the country and always on the leading edge of training tomorrow's workforce.

Offering the best of both worlds, Knox County provides the comfort and safety of urban living with the opportunities and amenities of a progressive university town with thriving industrial and commercial sectors.Let us make you feel at home.

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1101 North 3rd Street
PO Box 701
Vincennes, IN 47591
TEL 812-886-6993
FAX 812-886-0888 info@kcdc.com

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Enjoy a Superior Quality of Life in Knox County Indiana

Housing

Housing in Vincennes and Knox County offers a wide range of choices. Older well built and maintained homes start at under $50,000, while custom-built homes in the $150,000 and up range rival the finest homes in the nation.

From historic downtown neighborhoods and the well-manicured landscapes of subdivisions, to quiet country living, Knox County has a variety of areas to suit the needs of individuals and families alike.

As Vincennes is the oldest city in Indiana, "Old Town" is the legal description of most of the downtown area. Much of Old Town is contained within a federal historic district. Homes in Old Town range from mansions to bungalows. Most were built between 75 and 125 years ago. The downtown area of Vincennes offers a nice compromise between urban and suburban living. Quiet residential streets exist just a block away from business streets. Downtown residents are almost able to lead a vehicle-free existence if they choose.

The Knox County communities of Bicknell, Bruceville, Decker, Freelandville, Monroe City, Sandborn, Vincennes and Wheatland offer quiet, small town living. Those who prefer can find country living, far from street lights and neighbors, yet within a short drive of community services. There are many sites featuring homes for sale in the Knox County area, one place to start your search is here.

Cost of Living

According to Sperling's Best Places the cost of living in Knox County is is 29.66% Lower than the U.S. average and the Vincennes Metro Area's cost of living is 30.32% Lower than the U.S. average.

The ACCRA (American Chamber of Commerce Research Association) Cost of Living Index measures relative price levels for consumer goods and services in participating areas. ACCRA, however, does not cover smaller urban communities in their cost of living national surveys. The 10/2007 cost of living indices below are done in accordance with the methodology established by the ACCRA and are supplied by Sperling's Best Places.

Cost of Living Index
Knox County Average
US Average
Composite Index
70 %
100%
Grocery Items
95%
100%
Housing
78.95%
100%
Utilities
90%
100%
Transportation
108.21%
100%
Health Care
86.00%
100%
Misc. Goods and Services
101%
100%

The composite index for Knox County is 70%. The index suggests that Knox County has a cost-of-living that is approximately 30% below the national average. This results from 32% below average costs for housing and health care costs at 14% below the national average. Dental costs are more than 25% below.

The high costs of transportation reported are somewhat suspect in that it appears that commuter costs are driving this result. This is a full 8.21% greater than the national average. However, the cause for consternation is the relatively high weight associated with this item. It is highly unlikely that the average mid-level manager uses taxi service or public transportation to any appreciable degree in this region of the country. The Knox County costs for the other components of this category are more in line with the national and regional averages.

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Special Events

The Knox County area has many annual celebrations ranging from historical re-enactments to festivals that delight area residents and keep visitors coming back year after year.

The Spirit of Vincennes Rendezvous has been held each Memorial Day weekend in Vincennes since 1976 and is an internationally known event. The Rendezvous has developed into a fantastic mix of sights and sounds ranging from authentic Revolutionary War re-enactments to demonstrations of 18th and 19th century lifestyles. The battle re-enactments are complete with the cannons thundering and the crackling of musket fire throughout the weekend.

Crafts and skills demonstrated by participants include such things as blacksmithing, silver smithing, weaving, basket making, moccasin sewing and shingle splitting. For two days the grounds near the George Rogers Clark Memorial and the area known as the French Commons are transformed by fife playing, uniformed parades, historic ceremonies and much more on the sacred site of an actual Revolutionary War battle.

The park is along the historic Old Cahokia Trace which was a primary link for settlers heading west to St. Louis during the early 19th century.

The north side of the park reflects this point in time during Old Settler Days through re-enactors demonstrating lifestyles and skills of that period. They offer a wide variety of crafts, entertainment , food and wares while sharing their knowledge of the past in the present.

No matter what the season, there are special events to entertain. Following are just a few of our annual events. For complete details on events, please visit the Convention and Visitors Bureau web site.

Spring

  • Old Town Players Civic Theater
  • ICS Indiana State Championship Chili Cook-Off
  • Spirit of Vincennes Rendezvous
  • Candlelight Tour of Historic Sites
  • Old Northwest Running Club SK Run

Summer

  • National Flag Day Celebration, Bicknell
  • Good Old Oaken Days, Oaktown
  • Thunder On The Wabash-Power Boat Racing
  • Happy Birthday America Celebration, 4th of July
  • Knox County Fair, Bicknell
  • Germanfest
  • Watermelon Festival
  • Hoosier Cruisers Antique & Classic Car Show
  • Black Creek Festival, Sandborn
  • Church Picnics Featuring Southern Indiana Fricassee
  • All Summer Farmers Market

Fall

  • Bicknell Homecoming Celebration, Bicknell
  • Lincoln High School Homecoming
  • Old Town Players Civic Theater

Winter

  • Muster at Wabash Bluffs
  • Annual Hobby, Arts and Craft Show
  • Vincennes University Homecoming
  • Christmas at Grouseland
  • Downtown Christmas Stroll
  • Old Northwest Running Club George Rogers Clark Trace 10 Mile Run

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