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Hot Springs, AR, October 6, 2015 Jim Fram, CEO and President of the Hot Springs Metro Partnership, was recognized at the 2015 International Economic Development Council’s Annual Conference for his many years of service in the economic development industry.  With 29 years of economic development experience, Fram is a seasoned veteran of economic development and chamber of commerce management.  Fram has served in senior management and CEO roles in economic development organizations and/or chambers of commerce in Arkansas, Texas, Nebraska, and Oklahoma.
In addition to receiving an award, Fram moderated a panel discussion related to start-ups and entrepreneurship programs. He also participated in several training and professional development programs over the course of the four day conference.
The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a non-profit membership organization serving economic developers. With more than 4,000 members, IEDC is the largest organization of its kind. Economic developers promote economic well-being and quality of life for their communities, by creating, retaining and expanding jobs that facilitate growth, enhance wealth and provide a stable tax base. From public to private, rural to urban, and local to international, IEDC’s members are engaged in the full range of economic development experience. Given the
breadth of economic development work, our members are employed in a wide variety of settings including local, state, provincial and federal governments, public private partnerships, chambers of commerce, universities and a variety of other institutions. When we succeed, our members create high-quality jobs, develop vibrant communities, and improve the quality of life in their regions. Learn more about IEDC: www
The Hot Springs Metro Partnership is the area’s public/private economic development organization, serving all of the Hot Springs region. The Partnership’s main goals include 1) Hot Springs Downtown, 2) Business Retention and Expansion throughout the region, 3) Talent, with its implication for the workforce generally and technical skills in particular; and 4) Quality of Place, emphasizing the amenities of the area and their economic potential.

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