here's this month's news wrap-up from the Clay County EDC:

Clay County Enjoying Dramatic Construction, Planning Boom

The diversity of projects and geographic distribution makes it easy to miss, but Clay County is enjoying a significant construction surge in both the public and private sectors. Read More.

Clay EDC Hosts Regional Economic Roundtable

Clay County was the scene of a recent discussion to explore ways to improve communication and leadership development in order to improve the region's economic outlook. Read More.

Educator Looks Back on Career Education Success

As he retires, one of the first instructors in the Northland Center for Advanced Professional Studies looks back on the successful development of a program to help Northland high school students find better career fits. Read More.

New Website Offers Career Info for High School Students, Parents

The new Careers of the Northland website is built by high school students for high school students. It offers news and info on hot careers that offer high paying jobs right out of high school in this area. Read More.

Long-Awaited Smithville Project Moves Forward

Smithville Commons is getting closer to construction of a new retail district. Read More.

Are You Ready to North Kansas City?

One of the most dramatic projects in Clay County will offer several lifestyle attractions, including an indoor wave generator. Read More.

Doniphan Leadership Institute Plans for Fall Session

Now in its 11th year, the executive leadership program has schedule its fall cohort to begin Sept. 8. Read More.

Briarcliff Nearing End of 23-Year Development with New Offices

Briarcliff is planning four new office projects as it nears the end of the planned development begun in 1994. Read More.

SBA Rates Offer Long-Term, Low Interest

If you're starting or expanding a business, SBA 504 loans are hard to beat for both borrowers and traditional lenders – especially when you work with the customer-friendly staff at Midwest Small Business Finance.

The May SBA 504 interest rates are 4.9 percent for the 20-year loan and 5.0 percent for the 10-year loan.

For further information, contact Midwest Small Business Finance at (816) 468-4989 or visit

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7001 N Locust St., Gladstone, MO 64118
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