One concern that the board members felt that needed improvement was communication with the public. SCEDF Executive Director Charlie Weaver stated that what they are doing is not secretive and work done by the organization could be more transparent.
There is a lot of work to be done to bring a new business to Starke County. While preliminary planning and ongoing negotiations cannot be announced publicly, the final plans are typically announced.
Work continues at the Knox Industrial Park to make transporting product in and out of the area easier for truck drivers and to quicken the process. At a recent Knox City Council meeting, Weaver discussed construction of a new shell building in the industrial park to attract business owners who are simply looking for empty facilities to start manufacturing product. Weaver mentioned that new construction is a longer process where a shell building could provide a place to start rather quickly.