Bob largent, President
I presented Bob with a copy of Eric Canada’s book,” Economic Development For The Team” at the conclusion of Bob’s participation in our FASTART Program”.
We also assisted Bob in setting up a successful Business Retention & Expansion (BRE) program.
Andrea Sitzes, President of Show Me christian County and anna evans, executive director of the ozark(MO) chamber
I worked with Christian County to establish an Action Plan For Economic Development.
Paragould (AR) chamber
“Jim facilitated our Board retreat resulting in a comprehensive plan for the organization. our board considers Jim #1 in his field”
About JIM’s work
Our firm brings the highly successful experience and skills of its founder, Jim Fram, a planner, thought leader, teacher, mentor, and professional economic developer/chamber executive who is both a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) as well as a Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) who is experienced in working with large and small companies as well as site selection consultants during his years of bringing thousands of new jobs and millions in new capital investment to the communities he served in Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma, and Nebraska.
Jim has successfully completed job creating-capital intensive projects ranging in scope and size from a 900,000-square foot Wal Mart Automated Distribution Center to the attraction of a grocery store to a small Oklahoma town. He has successfully participated in and/or completed projects with ABB, Wal Mart, Verizon, Hertz, AT&T, Tractor Supply Co., Baker-Hughes, Borets-Weatherford, AT&T, Dollar-Thrifty, American Airlines, Nordam, McKesson, Pace Industries, Spirit Aerosystems, IC Bus, Novartis, L3, Sallie Mae, Nelnet, EDS, Cabela’s, Siemens, Rheem, Pfizer, Verizon, and ConocoPhillips just to name a few.
Jim is a past Chair of the Oklahoma Governor’s Economic Development Team (2007), an Oklahoma Economic Developer of the Year (2001), and has served in senior leadership roles during his tenure in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, and Nebraska. He has served on the state economic development and chamber of commerce association’s Boards of Directors in Texas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Arkansas during his career. He has also served on the Boards of Directors of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) as well as the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE). He has served as a faculty member for the Heartland Basic Economic Development Course as well as the Mid-South Basic Economic Development Course. He also was appointed to the IEDC Education and Certification Committee, serving a term as its Chair. He is currently serving as an active member of the IEDC Accredited Economic Development Organization Committee (AEDO).
While our firm is deep in skill and experience, we also have the connections and relationships with the larger specialty firms and consultants we can retain when and if necessary to fulfill the requirements of the task at hand. Jim has worked with nearly all the larger strategic planning firms from the organizational side and maintains relationships with a large database of site selection consultants and corporate real estate executives as well.