Former Director Honored by Clay County, Community Leaders
Retired EDC Executive Director Jim Hampton was recently honored by the Clay County Commission and over a dozen community leaders.
During their Dec. 17 meeting, the commissioners recognized Hampton for his years of service and many initiatives that have helped make Clay County a better place to live and work.
A number of community leaders were present to add their congratulations to the comments of the commissioners, Presiding Commissioner Jerry Nolte, Eastern Commissioner Luann Ridgeway and Western Commissioner Gene Owen.
Hampton was named executive director of the EDC in 2001 and successfully led the organization in its development of effective initiatives to improve the business climate and quality of life in the county’s communities.
These successes have included a striking range of efforts, from establishment of the Northland Education and Business Alliance to the Northland International Trade Assistance Group and the Northland Angel Investor Network. Other efforts included the EDC’s Research Facility Task Force, Strategic Planning Steering Committee, Quality of Life Committee, Clay County Competitiveness Task Force Committee and the Advanced Manufacturing Sub-Committee.
His successes include far reaching work such as the Ford 20/20 Task Force and the Certified Work Ready Communities initiative. The former helped retain the Ford Claycomo plant and ensure a more than $1-billion investment. As director of the EDC, Hampton also served as director for Midwest Small Business Finance, which in 2011 was recognized as the nation’s best certified development company for its size in the United States.
In 2005, Hampton helped found the EDC’s business retention program, at a time when nurturing existing businesses was rare for many areas.