Jeff Gottke

Area Development Foundation President Jeff Gottke talks with Johnstown High School Principal Derick Busenburg, a Knox County resident, before the groundbreaking ceremony for Intel's western Licking County plant on Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. 

MOUNT VERNON — You know a project is significant when the president of the United States is invited to its kick-off event.

That was evident Friday, when a number of Knox County officials ventured to Johnstown as President Joe Biden delivered the keynote address at Intel's long-anticipated groundbreaking ceremony.