The Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) is an initiative led by the White House and the U.S. Department of Commerce to revitalize manufacturing communities. In 2013, ECIRPD applied for and was awarded an IMCP grant from the EDA for $150,000. Now, ECIRPD and Vandewalle & Associates, in cooperation with the cities of Anderson, Muncie and New Castle are developing a strategic plan that will identify technologies and industries that will allow our region to be more economically competitive in the future. Click here to learn more about the plan.
Brownfields are real property, the reuse of which may be complicated by the presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Redeveloping a brownfield can create jobs, protects the community, and chances the quality of life for those around it. Taking initiative on a brownfield site can also provide a model of success for other redevelopment opportunities. EICRPD obtains funding for the identification and assessment of suspected brownfields. To read more about these projects, click here.
The CEDS Plan
The Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Plan is a summary of the economic conditions of the region. EICRPD takes a look at the employment, resources, and environment, as well as other items. This helps ECIRPD identify and prioritize projects. ECIRPD greatly values input from the communities it serves. You can help us identify key issues and important projects that would positively affect you and your community. Read about the CEDS Plan, and let us know how we can improve your community here.