International Economic Development Council re-elects Fritts to Board of Directors

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Board of Directors of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) has re-elected Lara Fritts, CEcD, President and CEO of the Greater Richmond Partnership, to serve on the IEDC Board of Directors. The nomination took place during IEDC’s 2019 Annual Conference, which was held in Indianapolis, Ind., from Oct. 13-16, 2019. Fritts’ term continues on Jan. 1, 2020.

“We look forward to Lara Fritts’ ongoing leadership on the Board of Directors. Her continued leadership role will ensure great accomplishments in 2020 and beyond,” said Jeffrey Finkle, CEcD, President and CEO of IEDC.

“IEDC is the pre-eminent professional organization for economic developers across the globe,” explained Fritts. “Serving this organization brings a higher profile and confidence level to GRP’s partners in the site selection community.”

Prior to joining the GRP in August, Fritts worked as the Director of the Department of Economic Development for the Salt Lake City Department of Economic Development as well as the CEO of the Redevelopment Agency of Salt Lake City. There, she led business development efforts to recruit companies including Amazon, UPS, Post Brand and Stadler Rail among others to create 9,800 direct and indirect jobs and nearly $1 billion in capital investment since 2016.

A certified economic developer (CEcD), Fritts has more than 25 years of local and regional economic development experience, leading efforts in Virginia, Maryland and Wisconsin including Annapolis Economic Development Corporation; Southeast Fairfax Development Corporation and Washington D.C. Technology Council, to name a few.

She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Regional Analysis – Community and Economic Development and a Master’s degree in Urban Studies – Economic Development from the University of Wisconsin.

About the GRP

The Greater Richmond Partnership, Inc. (GRP) is the lead regional economic development organization for the City of Richmond and counties of Chesterfield, Hanover and Henrico in Virginia. GRP recruits companies from all over the globe which provide employment opportunities and taxable capital investment for the community. For more information, visit

About the International Economic Development Council

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a non-profit membership organization serving economic developers. With more than 5,000 members, IEDC is the largest organization of its kind. Economic developers promote economic well-being and quality of life for their communities, by creating, retaining and expanding jobs that facilitate growth, enhance wealth and provide a stable tax base. From public to private, rural to urban, and local to international, IEDC’s members are engaged in the full range of economic development experience. Given the breadth of economic development work, our members are employed in a wide variety of settings including local, state, provincial and federal governments, public-private partnerships, chambers of commerce, universities and a variety of other institutions. IEDC’s members create high-quality jobs, develop vibrant communities and improve the quality of life in their regions.