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Gala to Honor Northlanders, View Updates and Meet Zoo “Friends"

October 2021

Look North Gala speaker Randy Wisthoff with one of his friends from the Kansas City Zoo.

The Clay County Economic Development Council’s annual Look North Award Gala will be Saturday, Oct. 23 at Harrah’s North Kansas City.

The event will include recognition of the 2021 Look North Award recipient Tim Harris, founder and managing principal of Star Development. His company has been recognized throughout Greater Kansas City for work that often includes positive community impact along with outstanding economic development.

The late Keith Nelson will posthumously receive a special recognition award as a true difference maker in Clay County. He was the visionary behind the building of the Francois Chouteau Monument, a major Kansas City addition recognizing early settlement of this region. Located at the Chouteau Heritage Fountain in the Northland, the sculpture was sponsored by the Ford Motor Company Fund.

Guest speaker for the event will be Randy Wisthoff, executive director and CEO of the Kansas City Zoo. Wisthoff has overseen many dramatic improvements at the zoo and will bring several “friends” to the event.

EDC Chair Greg Canuteson will also unveil detailed plans for the EDC’s 587 Project, a roadmap for world-class development at the I-435 and Highway 152 interchange.

The William Jewell string quartet will provide background music during the social hour, which begins at 5:30 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m.


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