By Kyle Siegel
This past November 20 Executive Director of Economic Development Sedalia-Pettis County (EDSPC) Linda Christle was elected to the prestigious Missouri Economic Development Advisory Council.
Christle was elected by the other members of the council and Christle was asked about the process.
“The only ones that are on this board, it is a special committee that consists of only economic developers across the state.
“You have to be nominated by a person that is currently on the board and then they vote.
“I was nominated by one of these individuals and I was elected. It is very exciting,” Christle explained.
Christle was asked to explain what the council does.
“There is a group called Missouri Partnership, and with the Missouri Department of Economic Development they felt they needed to outsource the recruitment of prospects to the state.
“They created a group that was to be funded largely by private memberships from across the state that would hire a professional team to do recruitment of companies,” Christle said.
The council meets quarterly in Columbia, Missouri and the Christle’s first meeting will be on January 10. The board consists of seven members elected from economic developers from across the State of Missouri.
Christle spoke of her enjoyment of being elected to the council.
“I am really honored. First of all a year ago I received the Governor’s Career Service and Economic Development Award, and then being nominated by one of my peers. There are over three hundred members that practice economic development in Missouri.
“The great thing about this is it is an advisory board, so they advise the Missouri Partnership on what sectors to actively recruit.
“The Missouri Partnership and this council strongly advise the Department of Economic Development and the state legislature,” Christle said.
The Executive Director of the Missouri Partnership Chris Chung was very happy to have Christle and another new member elected to the board.
“First off, please allow me to officially welcome aboard the two newest members of the Missouri Partnership’s Advisory Council. These two individuals, Rob O’Brian and Linda Christle, are among the best known and most respected economic developers in our state,” Chung said.
He went on to add, “They join you on a group that is critical to providing operational and tactical advise to the staff of the partnership, and I am very much looking forward to the valuable perspectives and experience that both Rob and Linda will bring to the council.”
Christle was asked what she plans on bringing to the council.
“I am going to be bringing in a strong rural aspect into this.
“All of the people on this committee I have a strong admiration for. It is very humbling to be elected to this board. I am very honored to be asked to serve on this board,” Christle said.