ECIDC is a non-profit, member organization with a mission to:

Foster regional economic development through collaboration, networking, and education. More


Grantor Members:



Coles County Regional Planning Commission



Forsythe Land



Gigabit + from Mediacom Business

Benefactor Members:


Cellular One

Coles Together

Edgar County Bank & Trust

Metro Communications Company

Midland States Bancorp, Inc.

Prairie Power Inc.

Shelby Electric Cooperative

State Bank of Arthur

Tuscola Economic Development Inc.

Tuscola National Bank


All ECIDC Members




Economic & Community Development Support

ECIDC unifies the community leadership, resources, and organizations concerned with economic development in the region. 

More About ECIDC                  Membership Application and Benefits


 Award Celebration

Annual Celebration & Regional Recognition Awards

Eventbrite - ECIDC Annual Celebration & Regional Recognition Awards Ceremony



                 ECIDC in the Spotlight

ECIDC Seeks Nominations for Regional Recognition Awards
ECIDC’s Regional Recognition Awards honor East Central Illinois’ most ethical and socially responsible businesses, most influential community and economic development leaders, and most committed volunteers. East Central Illinois, as defined for these purposes includes Christian, Clark, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, Douglas, Edgar, Effingham, Jasper, Moultrie, and Shelby counties.     

Please submit your nomination for the following Regional Recognition Awards:
Business Ethics & Social Involvement Awards (BESI)
Outstanding Leadership in Community & Economic Development Award
Lifetime Achievement Award

BESI Awards are sponsored by ECIDC, Lake Land College and Eastern Illinois University

Award recipients will be recognized at a local civic event in their community; either a Chamber Meeting, City Council Meeting or other meeting as schedules allow. Recognition will also take place at the ECIDC Annual Meeting which will be held Thursday, May 19, 2016 at the Thelma Keller Convention Center in Effingham, Illinois. Recipients will also be featured in the ECIDC Annual Report.

The list of distinguished past award recipients may be viewed here.
Click here for the entry packet and guidelines. Complete nomination packets must be submitted by March 7, 2016 for consideration.



31 Years of Regional Partnering

2015 Annual Report


2014 Annual Report

2014 Anniversary Video Tribute 


America's Best Communities Competition

Dozens of community leaders teamed to complete an

Americas Best Communities Grant for Paris, Marshall, West Union, Hutsonville, Robinson, and Palestine. The partnership was awarded $5,000 for work in its communities.    

Town Pictures   WEIU Video


5th Annual Broadband Summit a Success

December 2, 2014

Over 50 community leaders and broadband industy executives met at Sarah Bush Lincoln Education Center in Mattoon, Illinois to collaborate and hear broadband updates.  A group of area telecom students and professors also attended the annual event.



East Central Illinois Hosted the 2nd Annual Regional Manufacturing Roundtable with 95 in Attendance

On October 28, 2014, dozens of manufacturers, economic development professionals, educators, and community leaders met to share success stories and to network in order to ensure a good pipeline of skilled labor for regional regional manufacturing. Rural Partners awarded a grant to ECIDC to assist with expenses of the conference.

AGENDA    Press Release   Sponsors


ECIDC Hosted Meeting for Community Leaders and Association of Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers Representatives (AFPM)


ECIDC Helps Evaluate and Address

Manufacturing Workforce Needs

  • Conducts surveys of 48 area manufacturers
  • Forms an eci Super Region Coalition
  • Organizes the Annual Regional Manufacturing Roundtable
  • Launches Catch Your Careers Web Site
  • Continues with outreach and collaboration



ECIDC Tourism Resource

ECIDC Partnered with Lake Land College and Imagine This! Marketing Group to launch


ECIDC Connecting Generations Project

A volunteer program matches student trainers with area senior citizens who wish to learn Internet skills

What is Connecting Generations? (for Seniors)

What is Connecting Generations? (for Students)

What to Expect / Consent Forms

Community Partners / Roles

Volunteer Certificate of Appreciation

How To Guide

Short video - testimonial by student mentor & senior






Upcoming Events


Annual Celebration & Regional Recognition Awards Ceremony 2016 - May 19, 2016


East Central Illinois Events

Family fun, Festivals and Farmers Markets

ECIDC Updates

Board of Directors approve new Strategic Action


More News

Guest speaker Cory Jobe, Director of Illinois Office of Tourism shares initiatives and financial impact of regional tourism with ECIDC November Board Meeting attendees.

Illinois Tourism Presentation

ECIDC Board Meetings

Next Meeting:

Thursday, May 19, 2016
Thelma Keller Convention Center, Effingham

10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

*To be followed by "Annual Celebration & Regional Recognition Awards" held in same location


Prior Meetings:

Thursday, February 11, 2016
Thelma Keller Convention Center, Effingham

8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

*To be followed by "Roundtable on Manufacturing Workforce Skills Needs" held in same location

Manufacturing Roundtable 2016
February 11, 2016



May 21, 2015

Annual Business Meeting in Effingham


February 19, 2015 Board Meeting



2015-2016 Board Mtg. Schedule





ECIDC Announces Regional Recognition Award Recipients

During its 31st Annual Banquet held May 21, 2015, ECIDC honored some of the area’s most successful, community-minded business owners and dedicated community leaders with presentations of the Business Ethics and Social Involvement (BESI) Awards, the Outstanding Leadership in Community and Economic Development Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award. <more

ECIDC Announces Regional Award Recipients

Jay Markwell of Casey and Richard (Dick) West of Mattoon have been selected as the 2014 Business Ethics and Social Involvement Award Recipients. Norma Lansing of Effingham has been chosen to receive the Outstanding Leadership in Community and Economic Development Award and Bob Colvin was selected for the Lifetime Achievement Award. <more

ECIDC to Host 30th Annual Banquet & Regional Recognition Awards Ceremony

The event will be held Thursday, May 15, 2014 at the Thelma Keller Convention Center, Effingham. A silent auction and cocktail hour begins at 5:30 p.m., with dinner and the awards ceremony to follow at 6:30 p.m. <more