Welcome to East Central Indiana. Our region is home to the hardest working, most tenacious, generous, and inventive people in the state. We know how to dig deep, push beyond the status quo, and rise to meet challenges.   

East Central Indiana is an exceptional place to grow a business, pursue professional goals and personal passions, and raise the next generation. It’s an exceptional place to get involved and make a real difference.

Who We Are

In 2021, eight ECI counties (Blackford, Delaware, Fayette, Grant, Henry, Jay, Randolph, and Wayne) developed the Forge Your Path Regional Talent Plan as part of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation’s READI Initiative.

The plan represents the hard work, goals, and shared aspirations of nearly 400,000 ECI residents and hundreds of organizations and businesses across 67 cities and towns. 

The East Central Indiana Regional Partnership, the region’s hub for economic development, and the East Central Indiana Talent Collaborative, a regional collective impact initiative anchored by Ball State’s Office of Community Engagement, provide infrastructure and support to promote cohesion across these efforts. The East Central Indiana Talent Collaborative continues to pursue equitable talent attraction, talent development, and talent connection through its county coalitions, regional birth-career coalitions, and industry networks in key sectors.


Regional Kickoff Meeting – July 2021

The region (Blackford, Delaware, Fayette, Grant, Henry, Jay, Randolph, Wayne) was defined and notified the IEDC of their intent to seek funding through READI. The counties began to coordinate the planning process. The READI Governing Body was formed consisting of economic development partners, major employers, and anchor institutions.

Plan Submission – September 2021

The region submitted the Forge Your Path Regional Development Plan to the Indiana Economic Development Corporation.  

READI Announcement – December 2021

The IEDC approved an investment of $15 million, contingent on local match, to advance talent initiatives in East Central Indiana.

Final Project Selection – May 2022

The READI Governing Body made final selections on the regional projects that will be awarded funding.

For more information on our READI initiative, please reach out to Trevor Friedeberg at tfriedeberg@ecirp.org.