East-Central Idaho Planning & Development Association, Inc. (ECIPDA) was created in 1976 as a private, non-proﬁt corporation serving nine counties in eastern Idaho, with the purpose of providing community and economic development. East-Central Idaho Development Company (ECIDC) was then created in 1982, to act in concert with ECIPDA to provide small business lending and assistance. They now work together as “The Development Company”.
The Development Company is based on voluntary associations of local governments and community organizations. The Board of Directors for each of the companies consists of representatives from each of the participating units of government as well as from various community organizations and private enterprises. These independent Boards direct the work of the corporations.
We were organized to assist local entities and citizens in seeking cost-effective solutions to area wide problems; to provide a forum for area wide policy development, community planning, program management, small business lending and technical assistance; and to serve as a coordinating link between cities, counties, small business, and regional, state and federal agencies. Additionally, we provide stafﬁng to the State of Idaho for services through the Workforce Investment Act.
In 1992, ECIPDA received the Economic Development Administration’s Region X Award of Excellence, for the creation of the Business Development Center in Rexburg, Idaho. There are now several other Development Centers, created by ECIPDA, working in other areas throughout the region. In 1990, 1994, and 2002, ECIDC received the NADCO Top Production Award for CDC’s in the nation, of the same size category. These awards only demonstrate our basic motto, which is: “Our Future Success is built on the efforts we make today.”