The Economic & Community Development Institute is a Columbus, Ohio-based 501(c)(3) non-profit economic development organization founded in 2004. ECDI’s mission is to invest in people to create measurable and enduring social and economic change. We have helped more than 2,000 business owners and created and retained 4,000 jobs via our comprehensive suite of programs available through our offices in Columbus, Cleveland and Toledo, Ohio. Our programs and services have been supported by over $40 million in federal, state, local and private funds and have proven to create jobs, increase access to assets and spur local economic development. How do we do this? We invest, educate, and innovate with the businesses and people we inspire.