Pioneer Trails Regional Planning Commission welcomes new staff member | Business transition-planning services offered in 4-county area

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Pioneer Trails Regional Planning Commission has added a new staff member in the Concordia offices. Amber Christian has become the new Economic Recovery Planner for Lafayette, Saline, Johnson and Pettis counties.

Christian moved to Concordia in November 2019 from Charlotte, N.C. Most recently, she served as a mortgage loan originator and processor for more than five years with one of the largest credit unions in that state. Her work with Federal Loan Compliance procedures ensures she has acquired the attention to detail and time management skills that are necessary in coordinating the regional economic recovery processes.

The economic recovery effort will consist of researching the best business practices and available planning tools to support the transition to financial recovery for local businesses dealing with economic losses from COVID-19, as well as collecting, organizing and analyzing business resilience data relating to the economic recovery. The recovery effort aims to mitigate additional economic losses by providing businesses with transition plans to become more resilient. Businesses in the Johnson County area needing assistance may contact Johnson County Economic Development Corporation at 660-747-0244. Businesses in Pettis County can call on Economic Development Sedalia-Pettis County at 660-827-0884. In Lafayette and Saline counties, businesses can call Missouri Enterprise at 314-608-9427 to ask for a referral to Business Resilience Training that is currently being offered for free by the Small Business Development Center via State Fair Community College in Sedalia.

Sponsorship of the economic recovery effort comes from CARES Act funding granted to the Pioneer Trails Regional Planning Commission by the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration Region VII. If you have any questions about the regional economic recovery efforts, feel free to contact Amber Christian with the Pioneer Trails Regional Planning Commission at

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