ECIDC is a non-profit, member-driven organization. Our mission:

foster regional economic development through collaboration, networking, and education. <More>


Grantor Members:



Cellular One logo


Coles County Regional Planning Commission



Forsythe Land



Benefactor Members:


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 to promote an 11-county region in east central Illinois. <More About ECIDC>



ECIDC in the Spotlight


ECIDC facilitates strategic planning to address manufacturing workforce skill needs

-conducts surveys of 48 area manufacturers

-forms an eci Super Region and launches:



ECIDC Launches New Tourism Resource

ECIDC Partners with Lake Land College and Imagine This! Marketing Group to launch This provides area residents easy access to learn of local community festivals and farmers markets. The associated e-Newsletter is raising awareness within the region for the wonderful community events and tourist attractions offered by east central Illinois. <Tips to input events>


ECIDC Develops Pilot Project Connecting Generations -

A community volunteer program in Effingham, Illinois, that matches caring students with area seniors to learn Internet skills. This pilot project was developed with the goal that other rural communities might easily adopt a similar student-to-senior mentoring program.

What is Connecting Generations? (info. for Seniors)

What is Connecting Generations? (info. 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 Earns Excellence in Agri-Tourism Award

Pictured is Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka presenting Agri-Tourism Award to ECIDC Executive Director Jean Anne Grunloh (far right), Lake Land College Vice President for Development Pam Crisman (2nd from right) and Lake Land College Adjunct Instructor Brooke Ferguson (far left).


ECIDC Co-Hosts 4th Annual Regional Broadband Summit

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



2013 ECIDC Annual Report

Support economic and community development in east central Illinois -


      Membership Application / Benefits



Upcoming Events   

Your source for family fun, festivals and farmers markets.


ECIDC's 30th Annual Banquet & Regional Recognition Awards Ceremony

Thursday, May 15, 2014, 5:30 p.m. 

Thelma Keller Convention Center, Effingham. <Program Details>

*Register Online- pay via credit card

During the Banquet we will honor:

Regional Recognition Award Recipients - Norma Lansing & Bob Colvin

Business Ethics & Social Involvement Award Recipients Jay Markwell and Richard C. West



Don't miss your chance to win a $1,300 Vegas Vacation for Two. Winner announced May 15, 2014 - Need not be present to win.


Free Webinar

"Youth Safety in the Workplace" - Part of an Internship Best Practices series for manufacturers and educators

April 29

     <Register here>

Preventative and Predictive Maintenance Equipment Best Practices

April 30


Lean Manufacturing Overview with Simulation

May 21

     <More>   <Registration Form>


Trade Mission Schedule 2013-2014

From the Illinois Office of Trade & Investment


ECIDC Board Meetings

Next meeting:

May 15, 2014. 5:00 pm

Keller Convention Center, Effingham

RSVP to attend.  <Agenda>

Recent meeting minutes:

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>

Proposed 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