West Central Indiana Economic Development District (WCIEDD) is responsible for developing, managing and implementing many federal, state and local programs throughout West Central Indiana.
As the regional Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC), we provide people of all ages, incomes, and abilities with information and one-on-one person centered counseling about the full range of long-term service and support (LTSS) options available in West Central Indiana.
As the Area Agency on Aging (AAA), we help address the needs and concerns of older adults, persons with disabilities, and their caregivers. We also coordinate and offer services that help older adults and persons with disabilities remain in their homes or a community setting, if that is their preference.
In our role as an Economic Development District (EDD), we help the public and private sectors develop and advance a wide range of community and economic development projects. These projects help create good paying jobs, build the tax base, and improve quality of place and quality of life.
As both a Metropolitan Planning Orgaization (MPO) and a Rural Transportation Planning Organization (RTPO), we work with local, state, and federal partners to develop the multimodal transportation system, which helps promote sustainable community growth, economic development, and enhances quality of life.
Through our board and various committees we also provide a forum for identifying and addressing regional issues. Staff provide technical assistance and planning services to local government officials and agencies too.
2019 Golden Hoosier Award Nominations are Now Open
The Golden Hoosier Award was established in 2008 to acknowledge and recognize outstanding seniors for their lifetime of service to their communities. Sponsored by the Office of Indiana Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch in collaboration and partnership with the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration'sDivision of Aging, the Golden Hoosier Award is the highest honor bestowed on a senior in Indiana.
The ideal recipient is considered an unsung hero, who has not already received a Golden Hoosier Award, for the impact they have made in the lives of others and the community. To be eligible for the Golden Hoosier Award, the nominee must currently be:
- An Indiana resident,
- Age 65 or older, and
- Have been a volunteer in the community for the past three years.
The 2019 Golden Hoosier Award recipients will be honored on Monday June 24th at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center.
To nominate a senior neighbor for the Golden Hoosier Award, please fill out this electronic nomination form. The deadline for submission of nominations is May 17th.
If you need assistance with the nomination process or have any questions, please contact Maureen Hayden at (317) 232-5675.
Statewide Open Houses
The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) recently announced it will be conducting statewide open houses this spring to present the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) for FY 2020 – 2024. The open house for the Vincennes District (Sullivan County) will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 PM on Thursday, 04/25/19, at the Paoli Jr./Sr. High School, 501 S Elm St, Paoli, IN 47454. The open house for the Crawfordsville District (Clay, Parke, Putnam, Vermillion and Vigo Counties) will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 PM on Tuesday, 04/30/19, at South Vermillion High School, 770 W Wildcat Dr, Clinton, IN 47842.
The STIP is a federally mandated 4-year funding and scheduling document for projects involving pavement and bridge facilities, projects addressing safety, congestion, mobility and emergency response. It also includes investments in various transportation modes including transit, pedestrian trails and bicycle facilities.
Similar federal-aid project projects for the Terre Haute Urbanized Area (all of Vigo County and the portion of Clay County roughly north of SR 42) are only included in the STIP by reference to the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) we develop in our role as the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for this urbanized area. The TIP for FY 2020 – 2024 is currently under development and will be posted on this website by the end of April for public comment and review.
Questions regarding the STIP or TIP can be directed Jeremy Weir at (812) 917-3199.
Government officials, local government agencies, parks departments, planning agencies, and non-profit groups have been engaged for many years in development of local trail systems that help improve quality of life and mobility, and help preserve and protect our environment. Now, thanks to the collaborative efforts of a group of more than 20 individuals who came together in January 2019 to talk with each other and us about their individual plans for trails development, we’re pleased to share this regional snapshot of plans for trails development in West Central Indiana. Questions about trails development or this regional snapshot should be directed to Jeremey Weir at (812) 917-3199.
Broadband Grant Program
To help counties in the District position themselves to potentially take advantage of The Next Level Connections Broadband Grant Program recently announced by Governor Holcomb, our staff has been busy meeting with local officials and community leaders to discuss steps they might want to take to prepare for broadband expansion into unserved and underserved area. This article, which recently appeared in the Sullivan Times, recaps our team’s efforts to help in Sullivan County and provides a little more insight into this grant program. If you’d like more information about how your community can prepare for broadband expansion, call Hans Eilbracht at (812) 917-3139.
Meetings & Events
Unless otherwise indicate, all meetings are open to the public. Persons with special needs can request reasonable accommodation by calling the our office at (812) 238-1561 at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting.
- 04/25/2019, 10:00 AM - Transportation Technical Committee (Quarterly Project Review), 2800 Poplar St, STE 9A, Terre Haute, IN 47803
- 04/30/2019, 5:00 PM - INDOT State Transportation Improvement Program Open House, South Vermillion High School, 770 W Wildcat Dr, Clinton, IN 47842
- 05/14/19, 2:00 PM - Transportation Policy Committee, 2800 Poplar St, STE 7J, Terre Haute, IN 47803
- 05/20/19, 7:00 PM - WCIEDD Board of Directors Meeting, 2800 Poplar St, STE 7J, Terre Haute, IN 47803
Blight Clearance Program
Local elected officials can improve their communities by applying for federal funding through the Blight Clearance Program (BCP). This program, which is managed by the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (IOCRA), can help communities focus on long-term community development and revitalization by providing funding for removal of abandoned/vacant buildings and industrial sites. Our team has a proven track record of helping communities develop and administer successful BCP projects. For more information about this program e-mail or call Terry Jones at (812) 238-1563.
Federal Funding Opportunties
The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) periodically compiles, publishes and distributes this announcement about Federal funding opportunities to its Economic Development Districts (EDDs). The information is provided to increase awareness of complementary Federal funding resources available for community and economic development. If you have questions regarding this announcement and these opportunities e-mail or call Jim Coffenberry at (812) 238-1318.