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Clay County Projects Bring Millions in Investment, Jobs and More

December, 2016

Tony Reinhart (center), regional manager, Ford Governmental Affairs, accepted a Keystone Award Friday from Clay County Commissioners Gene Owen (left) and Jerry Nolte. Ford was recognized for its $200-million investment in Clay County at the Keystone Awards Luncheon Friday, Dec. 2.

Over a billion dollars in investments and community improvements underscored dozens of honors Friday during the 2016 Clay County Keystone Awards Luncheon.

Held each year by the Economic Development Council, the list of honorees was packed with creative public and private projects that are creating jobs and building communities. “We’ve had so much success, it’s easy to miss some important accomplishments,” EDC President Sam Lodhi said as he opened the awards ceremony held at Harrah’s North Kansas City. “It’s been an amazing year.”

The honors included new “Downtown Advancement Awards” recognizing four cities that are developing noteworthy centers: Gladstone, Kearney, Liberty and North Kansas City. The awards concluded with a special Economic Impact Award to iWerx, a North Kansas City enterprise and entrepreneurial development center.

In between, 10 projects were recognized for their economic and quality of life impact: the Pleasant Valley Interchange by the Missouri Department of Transportation, Ford Motor Company’s continued expansion, the Excelsior Springs Community Center, NewDawn Fiber in Excelsior Springs, the Northland Innovation Campus in Gladstone, Hunt Midwest Business Center – Logistics I in Kansas City, Knapheide Manufacturing Co. in Kansas City, Community Auto in Lawson, Henry Wurst Inc. in North Kansas City and Creekwood Center in Smithville.

School and community projects were noted throughout Clay County. These ranged from major improvements on Burlington Ave. in North Kansas City to school projects in Excelsior Springs. Other projects included the development of compressed natural gas fueling for North Kansas City Schools’ bus fleet and a massive utility operations center in Liberty.

Other Keystone recognitions focused on the development of new residential projects for older adults. Now located throughout Clay County, the projects met a need cited five years ago by the county’s Strategic Initiative and have brought more than $100 million in investment.

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