ECI Regional Planning District news release

September 16 2020

ECI Regional Planning District helps communities grow through funding, planning

No matter if it’s the first steps toward a $30-million plan to widen an interstate highway through two counties, or less than $2,000 to paint markings at a town railroad crossing, growth and improvements and economic development don’t just happen.

They require coordinated efforts like those the staff of the East Central Indiana Regional Planning District tackles every day.

Created to serve communities throughout East Central Indiana, the Regional Planning District is supported by municipal partners in Delaware, Blackford and Grant counties and the city of Portland in Jay County.

The ECIRPD works with its partners in government to improve the quality of life in the region, said Bill Walters, executive director of ECIRPD.

Please click the link below to read the full press release.

ECI Regional Planning District News Release 9.16.2020

A message from the ECIRPD Executive Director, William Walters.


Please join me and others and reach out to our congressional representatives and express the importance of allowing sufficient time for accurate data collection during these unfortunate times.

http://Regional Letter on Census 2020





Delaware County – Press Release




Small businesses in the USA are taking a hard hit right now because of COVID-19.  The Small Business Administration (SBA) is taking extraordinary measures to come to the aid of ailing businesses.  Listed below are a few helpful links.  If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact any of these resources or the Executive Director of the Innovation Connector, Ted Baker @ 765-285-4902 or  Executive Director of the East Central Indiana Regional Planning District, William Walters at 765-713-7000 or 

The Small Business Owners Guide to the CARES Act

SBA Information for Disaster Relief – Inclusive 3-29-2020

FFCRA_Poster_WH1422_Non-Federal – COVID-19


Delaware County Attracts Growth Minded Company to Repurpose Empty Industrial Building


EDA I-69 Corridor Impact Study

ECI is embarking upon a region-wide, multi-county planning effort to fully assess and independently validate the impact, need, and opportunity presented by I-69’s current condition. Additionally, ECI will assess the economic development potential of I-69 corridor modernization, while ensuring existing modernization approaches northbound from Hamilton County are expanded uniformly to the north through Delaware and Grant counties. The complete project will produce an economic impact analysis that will lead to the development of an actionable plan for the modernization of the I-69 corridor in East Central Indiana.


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 changes 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.

Upcoming Events

2020/2021 ECI Regional Planning District Board Meetings
Located at the Innovation Connector, 1208 W. White River Blvd., Muncie, IN 47303

February 11, 2020, June 9, 2020, August 11, 2020, November 10, 2020

February 16, 2021, May 11, 2021, August 10, 2021, November 16, 2021

Executive Board Meeting @ 2:30 pm
Full Board Meeting @ 3:00 pm