ECI Regional Planning District (ECIRPD)

A vision for regional economic growth through grant writing, facilitating, infrastructure improvements, supporting economic development, promoting quality of life and community enhancements.

How We Serve East Central Indiana

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.


These links are useful tools for citizens in East Central Indiana.  The link below provides a page of tools.

Startup Resources

Small Business Grants for Minorities

Blackford County, IN

Delaware County, Indiana

Grant County, IN

Small Business & Non Profit Resources

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

Upcoming Events

2021 ECI Regional Planning District Board Meetings

Located at the Innovation Connector, 1208 W. White River Blvd., Muncie, IN 47303

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

Executive Board Meeting @ 2:45 pm
Full Board Meeting @ 3:00 pm

ECI Regional Planning District News

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Congratulations ECI 2021-2 Community Crossing Recipients

  East Central Indiana Community Crossing Recipients LPA Total LPA Awarded Amount Daleville  $                                     110,287.50 Delaware County  $                                     473,603.72 Gaston  $                                     168,750.00 Grant County  $                                     340,000.00 Jonesboro  $                                     185,865.00 Muncie…


The Indiana Connectivity Program is a new initiative launched by the Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) as a part of the Next Level Connections Broadband Programs, which has…

North Central City Machine Press Release

North Central City Machine Press Release Keith Roysdon September 7, 2021 Delaware County company to revamp old industrial site DELAWARE COUNTY, Ind. – A longtime local company will purchase an…