IEDC appoints HS man to AEDO committee

This article was published October 30, 2017 at 4:00 a.m.

Jim Fram

has been appointed to the Accredited Economic Development Organization Advisory Committee by the International Economic Development Council. Fram, who transitioned from president and CEO of the Hot Springs Metro Partnership to special project manager, is remaining with Partnership staff through the end of 2017.

"I am honored with this appointment as it fits well with my future plans to help other community's economic development organizations achieve higher success," said Fram in the press release.

In this role, Fram and members of the AEDO committee will be responsible for reviewing applications to ensure all requirements are met along with site visits as a final step in accrediting an economic development organization. Fram has served in senior management capacity for economic development organizations in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas and Nebraska for the past 33 years and recently led the Hot Springs Metro Partnership to become the first and only accredited economic development organization (AEDO) in the state of Arkansas.

"On behalf of the Hot Springs Metro Partnership, we congratulate Jim for being recognized and appointed to this prestigious national committee by IEDC," said President and CEO Gary Troutman. "It is indicative of his ability, as well as his dedication to his craft."

The Hot Springs Metro Partnership is the area's public/private economic development organization, serving all of Garland County.

For more information, call Zac Blann at 501-321-1700 or email

Sales associates joins

Coldwell Banker

Coldwell Banker Real Estate recently announced Sean Edds

has joined its Hot Springs office as a real estate sales associate.

Edds is a lifelong resident of Hot Springs and an honors graduate from Fountain Lake High School and National Park College. He has more than 25 years of sales experience with a demonstrated successful history in business planning, operations management, sales, photography and retail.

Todd Woerpel, executive broker of the Hot Springs office, said in the press release, "I've always appreciated Sean's approach to customer service and know he'll serve our clients well."

Edds enjoys "the abundant amenities, history and quality of life Hot Springs offers its residents" and states he is here to "manage your real estate transactions, so you don't have to."

Edds can be reached by calling Coldwell Banker RPM Group, 501-525-7355, or visiting its Hot Springs office at 401 Section Line Road Suite F.

Business on 10/30/2017

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