Trip Around the Sun

Investors & Partners,

Thank you to everyone who sent well wishes and joined us for Show Me Christian County's five year celebration at 4 By 4 Brewing. We had some fantastic conversations between board members, past projects, local businesses, and community partners.

Show Me partners and board members pose for a group photo at SMCC's Five-Year Celebration

hosted at 4 By 4 Brewing - Fremont Hills

In other news, it's the time of year to look ahead to the upcoming Missouri legislative session. If there is a legislative issue or concern you are seeing in your business or industry, Show Me Christian County wants to know as we begin to craft our legislative communications and priorities for the 2024 session beginning in January. Please see the link below to take our legislative priorities survey.  

Finally, we are saddened to say goodbye to our marketing coordinator, Ethan Swick, as he moves on to full-time video production with a local creative company. We wish him the very best and look forward to continuing our partnership with him on a special project basis. Ethan has elevated our branded marketing materials, video content, and social media pages, and we are thankful to have a local young professional of his caliber as an ally in economic development!

As always, we treasure the support and involvement of our board members, investors, and partners. Thank you again for your voice as an advocate for Christian County. 


Kristen Haseltine

President/CEO - Show Me Christian County

417-496-5987 (cell)

Visit us at

Coming Up Next!

The next Show Me Christian County board meeting will take place at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, November 15, 2023 at Nixa City Hall. Be sure to mark your calendars, and watch out for further updates and information!

Innovate SOMO: 120 Day Tech Startup Program

Do you have an idea for a software product that you need resources or expertise to bring to life? Let this program from Innovate SOMO show you how! Eligible teams may participate at no cost! But hurry! Applications close October 10!

Click here for more info!

OHRD District 2024 Grant Program

The Ozarks Headwaters Recycling & Materials Management District 2024 grant call is now open. Applications are due Friday, December 8th at 3pm. OHRD awards grants annually for Solid Waste Reduction in the District’s five-county service region.


Please visit OHRD's website for application instructions and to submit.

Share Your Legislative Priorities

Show Me Christian County wants to know your concerns, feedback, and priorities for legislative advocacy as we look ahead to the 2024 Missouri legislative session. Bill prefiling begins December 1.

To help us focus our communications with elected officials from Christian County and the SWMO region, please follow the link below and fill out our quick 8-question survey. Your insight is invaluable!

Take the Survey

Five Years of Show Me Christian County!

From the opening of our doors in 2018 to our five year birthday celebration, Show Me Christian County's goal has been to serve as a convener and advocate for economic growth in our county and region. These efforts can take many forms: research and data, grant applications, meetings with legislators, client assistance, regional collaboration, project funding, talent attraction, target industry communications, placemaking projects, and much more.

Sometimes, progress is visible and exciting, like a groundbreaking or a big public announcement. In many cases, progress is incremental, hard-fought, and usually confidential. However, whether we are able to shout it from the rooftops or not, our team gets to come to work every day and celebrate Christian County's communities, people, and potential. We wouldn't have it any other way!

Scroll down to check out a quick video recap of SMCC's impact on the business location and growth of our very first project lead. 

Around the Ozarks

Fall Festivals in Ozark

Check out these fall events coming to Ozark this month!

Ozark Fall Craft Fair

HRD Oktoberfest

Downtown Trunk or Treat

Fall Festivals in Nixa

You won't want to miss these Halloween events coming to Nixa!

14 Mill Market Harvest Fest

Creepin' at the Crossroads

Halloween Spooktacular

Persimmon Days - Sparta, MO

Sparta's annual Persimmon Days festival is set for October 20-21! You won't want to miss out on good eats, craft vendors, and a trunk-or-treat!

More info here!

Halloween on Elm Street - Billings, MO

Billings' annual Halloween celebration kicks off Saturday, October 28 from 4-6pm! And be sure to stop by Grounded Coffee Co. in Billings for a special Trunk-or-Treat event to supplement your trick-or-treating candy haul!

Apple Butter Makin' Days - Mt Vernon, MO

Mount Vernon's 57th annual Apple Butter Makin' Days is back Oct 13-15! One of the biggest festivals of the region, ABMD draws an estimated 100,000 visitors each year!

More info here!

Featured Stories

Five Years of Show Me Christian County

Celebrating five years of Show Me, this video showcases our accomplishments & milestones and affirms our commitment to bringing the community together!

View video here!

Christian County breaks ground on new government facilities

A groundbreaking ceremony for the new Christian County government plaza heralded the upcoming project.

Full news release here

Name that Artist!

Every month, we title our newsletter after a song that seems fitting. Can you name the artist who famously recorded this month's song, Trip Around the Sun?

Van Morrison
Bob Seger
Jimmy Buffett
Jim Croce
Facebook  Instagram  Linkedin