ECIDC is a non-profit, member-driven 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





                 ECIDC in the Spotlight


ECIDC Celebrates 30 Years

Video Tribute   Annual Report


5th Annual Broadband Summit

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.



ECIDC Hosts Grant Planning Meetings

Twenty-two community leaders met on two seperate evenings to hear about a potential grant opportunity.  The Frontier/Dish Network's Americas Best Communities Grant is focused on Economic Development.  Three finalists will win $1 million, $2 million, or $3 million.  Six eligible ECIDC communities are considering a partnership.


East Central Illinois Hosts 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 also awarded a competitive grant to ECIDC to assist with expenses of the conference.

AGENDA    Press Release   Sponsors


ECIDC Hosts Meeting for Community Leaders and Association of Fuel and

Petrochemical Manufacturers Representatives


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

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ECIDC Connecting Generations Project -

A volunteer program that 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


ECIDC Co-Hosts 4th Annual Regional Broadband Summit

70 community leaders, government representatives, broadband providers and broadband stakeholders gathered on December 5, 2013 in Mattoon to network and learn of current broadband services, planned expansion projects in the region, and broadband education/adoption efforts in the region.



Upcoming Events


May 21, 2015 Annual

Membership Banquet

Recognition Award Nominations

Past Award Winners

3rd Meeting on America's Best Communities Grant

December 18 at the Paris U of I Extension Office.  Time TBD.

East Central Illinois Events

Family fun, Festivals and Farmers Markets


ECIDC Board Meetings

Next Meeting:

February 2015

Prior Meetings:

November 20, 2014 Board Meeting  


August 21, 2014 Board Meeting


May 15, 2014. Board Meeting


February 20, 2014 Board Meeting


November 21, 2013 Board Meeting


Annual Meeting - May 16, 2013


August 15, 2013 Board Meeting


February 21, 2013 Board Meeting              <Minutes>

2014-2015 Board Mtg. Schedule


More News



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

Regional Recognition Awards Nominations

The March 3 deadline is fast approaching to submit nominations for the Regional Recognition Awards including: Business Ethics & Social Involvement Awards (BESI), Outstanding Leadership in Community & Economic Development Award, and the Lifetime Achievement Award. <more