EAST CENTRAL INDIANA REGIONAL PLANNING DISTRICT. After the devastating loss of more than 40,000 manufacturing jobs from plant closures to the area, the Cities of Anderson, Muncie and New Castle came together to form a strategic regional coalition to position themselves for the Department of Commerce Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) Grant. The coalition was awarded the grant in the Fall of 2013, the only IMCP grant awarded in Indiana. ECIRPD contracted with Vandewalle & Associates from Madison, Wisconsin to begin work on a regional strategic plan designed to attract manufacturing jobs back to East Central Indiana. Committee meetings and interviews were conducted with twenty-eight organizations. As a result of these efforts came the Anderson, Muncie, New Castle Economic Vision and Manufacturing Strategic Plan.