August 1965

Agency Created

The West Central Indiana Economic Development District, Inc., was organized under Public Law 89-136, the Public Works and Economic Development Act of 1965.

April 1968


Incorporated as an Economic Development Organization by Executive Order of the Governor of Indiana, on April 29, 1968. The organizational bylaws were adopted on April 29, 1968

May 1968


The district was incorporated in the State of Indiana on May 16, 1968.

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.

June 1969

1st EDD

Designated the First Economic Development District in Indiana by Economic Development Administration on June 19, 1969

September 1973

Putnam County

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.

January 1974

January 1975


Designated the Metropolitan Planning Organization for Terre Haute & Vigo County

January 1982


Granted IRS Tax Exemption under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code

January 2020


Metropolitan Planning Organization Designation moved to the City of Terre Haute, West Central Economic Development District was designated as the Regional PlanningOrganization.

December 2020

Thrive West Central

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.


January 2022


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.

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