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Knox Area Development Foundation Appoints Emily Shipley as Downtown Experience Coordinator

The Area Development Foundation is proud to announce the appointment of
Emily Shipley as the Downtown Experience Coordinator. This newly established position, made
possible through the generous funding of the Knox County Foundation and the Knox County
Commissioners, marks a significant step forward in enhancing the vibrancy and vitality of the villages in
Knox County.

In her role as Downtown Experience Coordinator, Emily will collaborate closely with merchant groups
and officials to enhance economic development efforts through engaging events, business
development, and physical improvements aimed at providing more opportunities for residents,
attracting visitors, and fostering a sense of community. The overall goal is to elevate the downtown
experience throughout Knox County’s four major villages.

Building upon a history of successful collaboration between the Area Development Foundation (ADF)
and the Knox County Foundation (KCF) for economic development in the county’s villages, the
appointment of Shipley marks another milestone in their joint mission. Previous efforts have seen the
development of strategic plans for each village that have resulted in the revitalization of local
businesses, infrastructure improvements, and community engagement initiatives. This continued
partnership underscores the commitment of both organizations to sustainable growth and prosperity for
all corners of Knox County.

“Emily’s appointment represents a natural progression in our ongoing efforts to drive economic vitality
and community collaboration across Knox County,” said Jeff Gottke, President of ADF. “Her passion
and vision will undoubtedly strengthen our collective impact on the region.”
Expressing her enthusiasm for her new role, Emily Shipley stated, “I am thrilled to embark on this
journey to elevate the downtown experience in Knox County. Together with our community partners, I
am committed to creating vibrant spaces where everyone feels welcome and inspired.”
For more information about ADF and its initiatives, please visit

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