ECIDC is a non-profit, member organization with a mission to:
Foster regional economic development through collaboration, networking, and education. More
Coles County Regional Planning Commission
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
Economic & Community Development Support
ECIDC unifies the community leadership, resources, and organizations concerned with economic development in the region.
ECIDC in the Spotlight
31 Years of Regional Partnering
Grant Planning Meetings
Dozens of community leaders have met on seven seperate evenings to plan for a large 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 have made a committment to partner on the project - Paris, Marshall, West Union, Hutsonville, Robinson, and Palestine.
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.
East Central Illinois Hosts 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.
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 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)
May 21, 2015 Annual
Next Meeting on America's Best Communities Grant
February 25, 2015 at the Palestine Art Center in Palestine, IL. 6:30 pm. Open to the public.
East Central Illinois Events
ECIDC Board Meetings
February 19, 2015 Board Meeting
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