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Thanksgiving Appreciation Should Include EDC Volunteer Members

December 2018

Volunteer members of the Clay County Economic Development Council’s Advanced Manufacturing Task Force recently gathered to discuss challenges to the county’s largest employment sector. The group included (from left) Brad Filger, Bike Bell, Kim Palomarez and Julie Kruckow.

With the recent celebration of Thanksgiving and other events emphasizing appreciation for what we receive, this is a good time to recognize all of the EDC members whose support makes so much possible.

This is especially true for those members who volunteer on the EDC’s many committees, task forces and other efforts that improve Clay County, the Northland and Greater Kansas City.

This work involves a surprising range of topics and efforts. Some of the most involved work takes place in the organization’s “competitiveness task forces,” groups that focus on how to nurture job-creating industries like health care, entertainment and tourism or advanced manufacturing. This involves hours spent studying details and dynamics, communicating with regional, state and even national leaders are just some of the work done by these many individuals.

All of these groups and their individual members deserve recogition:

The EDC’s Events and Membership Committee guides the organization’s fun and fundraising activities. The Northland Angel Investor Network is developing sources of capital for startup companies. The Northland Education and Business Alliance promote business and education partnerships to help create a world-class workforce in the Northland.

Others give their time for the Northland International Business Committee that promotes Clay County as a top location to do business, helping expand Clay County business opportunities for international trade. The Quality of Life Committee helps support and expand everything from biking and walking trails to mass transportation.

The impressively broad scope of the work is also shown by the Research Facility Task Force, which is working to bring a research facility to the Northland.

Last month, we noted the Advanced Manufacturing Sub-Committee of NEBA, which is working hard to expand opportunities for the area’s young people in a high-paying field that plays a key role in local job creation.

The Civic & Legislative Affairs Committee monitors and promotes legislation that maximizes economic well being and opportunities in Clay County while the Clay County Competitiveness Task Force Committee targets ways to make Clay County more competitive to businesses. The Doniphan Dialogue Committee provides resources to improve leadership skills. Finally, the Strategic Planning Steering Committee – Participate in developing and overseeing projects to promote the development of Clay County.

All of these groups and the people whose volunteer service makes them a reality work throughout the year to make Clay County a better place to live, with more jobs and economic development and higher quality of life.

With the variety of all of these groups and their efforts, there is one thing that can be said about them: Thanks!

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