Lori Becklenberg, Vice President of Business Attraction for AllianceSTL, and the President of the Missouri Economic Development Council (MEDC), announced today that the association of Missouri's economic development professionals has selected Jim Fram as their new Executive Director.

Lori Becklenberg, Vice President of Business Attraction for AllianceSTL, and the President of the Missouri Economic Development Council (MEDC), announced today that the association of Missouri’s economic development professionals has selected Jim Fram as their new Executive Director.

Fram is a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) and a Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) with more than three decades of extensive senior management experience in economic development in Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma, and Nebraska, serving cities such as Little Rock, Lincoln, Tulsa, and Hot Springs. He is a consultant and the founder of Community Growth Strategies, LLC, (CGS) based at his home at Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri. CGS serves client communities mostly in Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Kansas.

According to Becklenberg, Fram will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the 400-member professional association including administrative functions, communications, finance, member services as well as event and conference management.

Fram assumes the Executive Director position with MEDC following the retirement of longtime Executive Director Pat Amick.

“We are very excited to bring Jim on as Executive Director.” Becklenberg stated, “Having someone with his background and understanding of our industry will allow for MEDC to not only continue to be a strong resource for our members, but also grow the organization to a new level, setting the stage for our future.”

The Missouri Economic Development Council (MEDC) is the authoritative voice on economic development and related issues in Missouri. A statewide, nonprofit association of economic development professionals and community leaders, MEDC has been the unified voice of Missouri economic developers since 1979. Learn more about MEDC at www.showme.org.