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





                 ECIDC in the Spotlight


31 Years of Regional Partnering

Anniversary Video Tribute   2014 Annual Report


America's Best Communities Competition

Dozens of community leaders teamed to complete an

Americas Best Communities Grant.  First round is for $35,000.  Three finalists will win $1 million, $2 million, or $3 million.  Communities partnering are Paris, Marshall, West Union, Hutsonville, Robinson, and Palestine.  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 Hostsed 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 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






Upcoming Events


May 21, 2015 Annual

Membership Banquet

Banquet Meal and Registration Link


Past Award Winners

Next Meeting on America's Best Communities Grant

May 7 Winner's Party at West Union's Earls.  We are excited and choose to be optomistic that we will win first round. 

Open to the public. Time TBD.

East Central Illinois Events

Family fun, Festivals and Farmers Markets


ECIDC Board Meetings

Next Meeting:

May 21, 2015 5:00 p.m.

Annual Business Meeting in Effingham at the Keller Convention Center

Prior Meetings:

February 19, 2015 Board Meeting


November 20, 2014 Board Meeting  

Agenda Minutes

August 21, 2014 Board Meeting

Agenda Minutes

May 15, 2014. Board Meeting

Agenda  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

2015-2016 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