The West Central Indiana Economic Development District, Inc., was organized under Public Law 89-136, the Public Works and Economic Development Act of 1965, and by Executive Order of the Governor of Indiana, on April 29, 1968. The organizational bylaws were adopted on April 29, 1968. The district was incorporated in the State of Indiana on May 16, 1968 and designated by the Economic Development Administration on June 19, 1969.

The area designed as the District in 1968 comprised of five counties: Clay, Parke, Sullivan, Vermillion, and Vigo. The City of Terre Haute was designated as the Economic Development Center, while Sullivan and Vermillion Counties served as designated Redevelopment Areas.

At the time of the formation of the District, the Indiana State Regional Areas were proposed for planning purposes. Region 7 included the five planning counties. Putnam County petitioned to join the District in 1973 and was formally accepted in 1974.

Since the establishment of the District in 1968, the organization has served to stimulate economic development through multi-county efforts. All activities of the organization ultimately involve economic development. In today’s world, those activities encompass all things related to quality of life and quality of place. Currently, the organization is comprised of the Area 7 Agency on Aging and Disabled Resources, Economic and Community Development, and Rural Planning Organization. These programs are available to local governments, businesses, and individuals who are Indiana residents of Clay, Parke, Putnam, Sullivan, Vermillion, and Vigo Counties.

On December 1, 2020, West Central Indiana Economic District received a D/B/A (Doing Business As) designation from the Indiana Secretary of State for Thrive West Central. Our legal entity in Indiana is West Central Indiana Economic Development District D/B/A Thrive West Central.