Acting on behalf of a local government, the WIRC can ensure that funding opportunities for local improvements are made known to local representatives. The WIRC staff can help a community and its local government to formulate a comprehensive plan unique to its own specific community development needs. These services, plus the assistance in the implementation of projects once funded, puts the WIRC Community Development staff in a full service capacity to communities.
Economic Development District
In April of 2001, the Western Illinois Regional Council (WIRC) was officially designated as an Economic Development District (EDD) by the United States Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration for the six western Illinois counties of Fulton, Hancock, Henderson, Knox, McDonough and Warren. A major component of being an EDD is the preparation of a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). The purpose of the CEDS and the WIRC's EDD is to help create jobs, foster more stable and diversified local economies, and to ultimately improve the overall living conditions of the region's population through community and economic development.