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
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
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.
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 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.
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 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)
Annual Celebration & Regional Recognition Awards Ceremony 2016 - May 19, 2016
East Central Illinois Events
Guest speaker Cory Jobe, Director of Illinois Office of Tourism shares initiatives and financial impact of regional tourism with ECIDC November Board Meeting attendees.
Illinois Tourism Presentation
ECIDC Board Meetings
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Thelma Keller Convention Center, Effingham
10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
*To be followed by "Annual Celebration & Regional Recognition Awards" held in same location
Thursday, February 11, 2016
Thelma Keller Convention Center, Effingham
8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
*To be followed by "Roundtable on Manufacturing Workforce Skills Needs" held in same location
February 11, 2016
May 21, 2015
Annual Business Meeting in Effingham
February 19, 2015 Board Meeting