Jim Hampton graduated from William Jewell College in 1979 acquiring a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in mathematics.
He was named the executive director of the Clay County Economic Development Council in 2001; He is responsible for all of the activities of the Clay County EDC, Midwest Small Business Finance, the Clay County Rehabilitation Corporation, the Northland Research Center, the Northland Angel Investor Network, the Northland Education and Business Alliance, and the Northland International Trade Assistance Group. Special projects of the EDC include the Ford 20/20 task force, The Clay County Competitiveness Taskforce, Certified Work Ready Communities, The Clay County Strategic Planning Initiative, the Quality of Life Task Force, the Doniphan Leadership Institute and the Research Facility Task Force.
Mr. Hampton has successfully completed Economic Development Institute training at the University of Oklahoma and advanced leadership training from the Doniphan Leadership Institute. He has earned designations of Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) from the National Economic Development Council, Professional Community and Economic Developer from the Community Development Council and Six Sigma certification.
He and his wife Glenda have two adult daughters Andrea and Alexandra.