Who Is Show Me Christian County?
In 2012, the city administrators of Ozark and Nixa got together to talk. The two Missouri cities, which sit just miles from one another, have nearly the same population and were experiencing tremendous growth with no end in sight. These two men came together to determine how to manage this growth and sustain the county in the future. After hiring a firm to help them develop an action plan, the city administrators learned that an economic development organization was necessary to continue the growth. Fast forward to 2017: Show Me Christian County (SMCC) was born to represent all seven municipalities in Christian County. Shortly after, Andrea Sitzes became the President and CEO, and SMCC has been on the front lines, fighting for economic development issues in Christian County ever since.
At SMCC, we are much more than a resource for businesses; rather, we are a partnership, dedicated to the continued and lasting development of our beautiful, innovative, and expanding county. We are the voice of growth and opportunity for every business, employee, family, and resident of Christian County. We truly believe this is the best place to start a business and raise a family, and we are careful to set goals that are focused on promoting our wonderful county to the rest of the world!
Our primary goal is to encourage business attraction, business retention & expansion, workforce development, and entrepreneurship throughout Christian County by aligning resources and processes to make things easier on everyone. We love working with businesses and our cities to discover how to help our community thrive and shine!
2022 Board of Directors
Board ChairSarah ApplebyFinancial / Banking
SecretaryRalph PhillipsChristian County
Amanda SatterleeClever Chamber of Commerce
Dr. Craig CarsonOzark School District
Jamie ClarkFinancial / Banking
Curtis JaredReal Estate - Commercial
Jason EnglandFinancial / Banking
Advisory MemberAmber BryantChristian County
Advisory MemberChris RussellNixa Chamber of Commerce
Vice ChairBrian SteeleCity of Nixa
Brad JacksonCity of Ozark
Don FleuryManufacturing / Distribution
Teresa McGeehanRetail / Commercial
Ben SappArchitecture / Design
Advisory MemberSteve ChildersCity of Ozark
TreasurerJeff AllenAccounting / CPA
Clint EllingsworthMunicipal Seat - Highlandville
Tenya PrivettOzark Chamber of Commerce
Dr. Gearl LodenNixa School District
Dr. Cliff DavisHigher Education
Jason MassengaleReal Estate - Residential
Chris ThomasCharitable / Nonprofit
Advisory MemberJimmy LilesCity of Nixa
Advisory MemberGreg WilliamsOzark Chamber of Commerce
Show Me Christian County Staff
Vice President - Business Retention & Expansion
As Vice President - Business Retention & Expansion, Anna works to connect local business owners with the education and resources they need to grow and expand here in Christian County. She serves as SMCC's staff liaison for the organization's Strong Business Council and Government Relations Committee, and takes the lead in communicating local business and industry concerns with elected officials at the local, state, and federal levels.
Anna is a certified business resilience manager and executes FORTIFY Christian County, SMCC's business resilience outreach program. She serves on Christian County's COAD (Community Organizations Active in Disaster) team, and is a graduate of the Citizen's Fire Academy through the Ozark Fire Protection District. Previous roles in the county include marketing and event management and serving as Executive Director for the Ozark Chamber of Commerce.
Originally from Oklahoma, Anna has called Southwest MO home for more than a decade. She resides in Springfield, MO with her husband Dustin, two small dogs, and a growing collection of coffee tumblers.
Vice President - Workforce Development
Mark Wallace serves as Vice President - Workforce Development for SMCC, serving as a knowledge base for businesses, educational institutions, and local government about workforce trends, County data, and opportunities to connect and educate the labor force.
Mark says, "With diverse personal experiences in the workforce and an aspiration to see my neighbors fulfill their dreams, I am excited to contribute to the continued growth of our region. From the largest mainstays in our business community to the local shops that act as the heartbeat of Christian County, everyone is moving forward. Our county is stepping up, and I am thrilled to have the best seat in the house!"
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Committed To Christian County
At SMCC, we are much more than a resource for businesses; rather, we are a partnership, dedicated to the continued and lasting development of our beautiful, innovative, and expanding county.