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

Company

 



Gigabit + from Mediacom Business

Benefactor Members:


Agracel

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

 

Regional Workforce Roundtable

Thank you to all who attended ECIDC's Regional Workforce Roundtable. ECIDC continues to bring together community, business, education and economic development leaders to address workforce skill needs and opportunities. Attendees learned how educators, business leaders and community leaders are building effective partnerships to develop a skilled workforce in our region.

Regional Workforce Roundtable Program

2016 Annual Meeting Photos

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2016 ECIDC Annual Report

Click here to view annual report.

Award Recipients

During the 32nd Annual Meeting, ECIDC honored Regional Recognition Award Recipients. These individuals and organizations represent East Central Illinois' most ethical and socially responsible businesses, most influential community and economic development leaders, and most committed volunteers. Congratulations once again to each of the award winners. ________________________________________

ECIDC Volunteer of the Year
John Vogt

Lifetime Achievement Award
Fredi Beth Schmutte

Outstanding Leadership in Community & Economic Development Award
Craig Lindvahl and Midland Institute for Entrepreneurship

Business Ethics & Social Involvement Awards (BESI)
Joe Forbes & Mac and Ginny Condill

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

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Recognition took place at the ECIDC Annual Meeting which was held Thursday, May 19, 2016 at the Thelma Keller Convention Center in Effingham, Illinois.

The list of distinguished past award recipients may be viewed here.
East Central Illinois, as defined for these purposes includes Christian, Clark, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, Douglas, Edgar, Effingham, Jasper, Moultrie, and Shelby counties.

        

                 

                 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.

Agenda

 

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 www.EastCentralIllinoisEvents.com.

 

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

 

East Central Illinois Events

Family fun, Festivals and Farmers Markets



ECIDC Updates

Board of Directors approve new Strategic Action


ECIDC Board Meetings

Next Meeting:

Thursday, November 17, 2016
Lake Land College, Webb Hall, Room 081
5001 Lake Land Blvd, Mattoon (Main Campus)
11 am -2 pm

 

2016 Annual Meeting Photos
Click here to view photos.


2016 ECIDC Annual Report
Click here to view annual report.


Award Recipients
During the 32nd Annual Meeting, ECIDC honored Regional Recognition Award Recipients. These individuals and organizations represent East Central Illinois' most ethical and socially responsible businesses, most influential community and economic development leaders, and most committed volunteers. Congratulations once again to each of the award winners. _________________________________
ECIDC Volunteer of the Year 
John Vogt

Lifetime Achievement Award 
Fredi Beth Schmutte

Outstanding Leadership in Community & Economic Development Award
Craig Lindvahl and Midland Institute for Entrepreneurship

Business Ethics & Social Involvement Awards (BESI) 
Joe Forbes & Mac and Ginny Condill 

BESI Awards are sponsored by ECIDC, Lake Land College & Eastern Illinois University
_________________________________
Recognition took place at the ECIDC Annual Meeting which was held Thursday, May 19, 2016 at the Thelma Keller Convention Center in Effingham, Illinois.

The list of distinguished past award recipients may be viewed here. 

East Central Illinois, as defined for these purposes includes Christian, Clark, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, Douglas, Edgar, Effingham, Jasper, Moultrie, and Shelby counties.

 

 

 

5/22/15

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
4/11/14

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
4/11/14

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