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

Final Strategic Planning Meeting To Focus on Entrepreneurs

The third and final community meeting for the five-year update of the Clay County Strategic Initiative will be June 26. Read More.

Gladstone iWerx Holds Grand Opening

The new coworking space – and home to the EDC – is officially open to offer opportunities for small businesses and entrepreneurs. Read More.

Smithville High School Among Missouri's Best

Smithville High School was among the top schools recognized in the annual review by U.S. News. Read More.

Cerner Enters New Field in Expansion

The Clay County headquartered corporation is expanding its services into a new but related field. Read More.

The Liberty Bridge Is Coming Down To Make Room For a Better One

With demolition set for May 31, a major strategic project on Highway 152 is entering a critical phase. Read More.

North Kansas City Hospital President Announces Retirement

Peggy Schmitt, president and chief executive officer of North Kansas City Hospital and Meritas Health, has announced her retirement. Read More.

designWorks Continues to Grow, Too!

Even as iWerx formally opened a second location in Gladstone, the organization is also growing its unique coworking space for "makers." Read More.

Conference Explores Dramatic Applications for Virtual Reality

Nearly 200 educators and other professionals from throughout Greater Kansas City examined the almost unlimited potential of virtual reality during a daylong expo at William Jewell College on Thursday, May 16. Read More.

SBA Rates Offer Long-Term, Low Interest

The SBA 504 Loan rates announced May are 4.365 percent for 10-year loans, 4.265 for 20 year loans and 4.391 for 25-year loans.

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