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Jim Fram (right) with Communities Growth Strategies, LLC visits with Rhonda Fowler (from left), Josh Conlee and Graycen Bigger during a strategic planning event hosted by the Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday.

The Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce held a one-day strategic planning retreat on Tuesday at the Northeast Arkansas Education Cooperative in Walnut Ridge.

Chamber Board members, elected officials, community and regional leaders, along with Graycen Bigger, executive director of the Northeast Arkansas Intermodal Authority, and Amy Williams with the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, gathered for the event facilitated by Jim Fram of Columbia, Mo., with Community Growth Strategies, LLC.

Fram is a certified economic developer and a certified chamber executive with more than 30 years experience in economic development and chamber of commerce management.

In 2018, he founded Community Growth Strategies to assist communities, as well as regional economic development efforts and chambers of commerce.

Tuesday’s event included a time for networking, followed by a review of Chamber program and events. Fram then led a brainstorming session on strengths, weaknesses, threats and opportunities.

A zoom presentation on work ethic was presented by Josh Davies, and the remainder of the day was spent in group exercises and presentations leading to a time to evaluate and prioritize plans at the end of the day.

Chamber Executive Director Renee Bland said the event was organized by the Chamber Board to develop a strategic plan for the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce.

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