Resources & Initiatives

East Central Intergovernmental Association (ECIA)

ECIA Resources

ECIA offers numerous planning, technical and management resources to assist local governments in reaching and implementing plans.  We offer resources on brownfield cleanup, community development and technical services, utility service systems, home repair programs, economic development, fundraising assistance, training and more at

Community Project Funding Guide

ECIA also offers a Community Project Funding guide that assists communities in our five county region in finding potential funding sources for their community projects.


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Government Training Institute

The ECIA training institute empowers our community leaders to improve their knowledge and create opportunities for their community. ECIA utilizes its USDA Rural Community Development Initiative grant to provide trainings aimed at increasing the capacity of city and county officials and economic development groups in the region.

For more information on upcoming trainings please contact Tricia Wagner at: or 563-690-5738.

Dubuque Racing Association (DRA) Core Grant

Prosperity Eastern Iowa (PEI) was awarded $50,000 from the Dubuque Racing Association CORE Grant program. With grant funds, PEI and its partners will develop a database of regional assets and amenities in Dubuque, Delaware, Jackson and Jones Counties; identify gaps in the region; conduct visioning sessions with city councils, volunteer groups, mayors and city clerks, ultimately developing a “Field of Opportunities”. The “Field of Opportunities” will identify short- and long-term regional goals and projects that will enhance tourism opportunities throughout the region.

National Economic Research and Resilience Center (NERRC)

There are two new resources provided from the National Economic Research and Resilience Center (NERRC) — a joint initiative of EDA and Argonne National Laboratory

  • The Economic Development Capacity Index (EDCI) presents continuously updated data from more than 50 sources across five categories: human capital, finance, infrastructure, industries, networks, and partnerships. The data reveal county-level strengths and opportunities for growth and investment. EDCI will be updated in the fall to include EDD boundaries and incorporate the ability to conduct comparative analysis with peer communities.
  • The National Economic Resilience Development Explorer (NERDE) provides data to local economic developers for project planning, and highlights the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. It also helps communities understand if they qualify for financial support from EDA.