We’re a non-profit organization committed to maximizing economic well-being and opportunity throughout Clay County.

Through the partnership of private and public sectors, we’ve created and retained thousands of Clay County jobs and millions of dollars in new capital investment since our founding in 1967.

Our affiliate organizations provide several services, including capital for small businesses through the 504 debenture and revolving loan programs.

Big 4

targets for world-class growth

KC Tech Academy

The Tech Academy project targets creation of the most effective advanced manufacturing and skilled trades workforce in the nation. KCTA focuses on providing practical hands-on training to K-12 students, preparing them with the skills to be productive employees. Long-term plans call for expansion to serve students and adults throughout the region, creating a workforce training center that will offer opportunities for area workers and attract businesses who need a solid employee base. Between state and local grant matches, the KC Tech Academy has accumulated $3.9 million.

587 Project

The most dramatic element of the Big Four may be development of vacant land at one of Greater Kansas City’s most strategic locations: I-435 and Highway 152. Christened the “587 Project” by adding the two highway numbers, this Big 4 component includes a feasibility study and research to jump start development in the largely vacant land around this interchange.

To this end, the EDC contracted with the Olsson engineering firm to create plans for a regional destination complex. The goal is to lay the groundwork for public/private development that would feature Class A office space, unique civic spaces and regional entertainment venues. Olsson is currently examining successful features in other areas in order to create a list of those best suited to the interchange.

MULibertyOrthopedics

The Orthopedics Center is growing the current University of Missouri and Liberty Hospital partnership into a major treatment and research facility. The program began over two years ago with Liberty Hospital collaborating with Missouri’s flagship university health system to provide Liberty Hospital patients access to the latest research and treatments for orthopedic conditions. Continued pursuit and expansion of these goals will have dramatic impact to the area’s health care.

50businesses

The final Big Four component is an extension of the original, 2013 initiative: bringing 50 new companies and developing 5,000 new jobs by 2023.

KC Tech Academy

The Tech Academy project targets creation of the most effective advanced manufacturing and skilled trades workforce in the nation. KCTA focuses on providing practical hands-on training to K-12 students, preparing them with the skills to be productive employees. Long-term plans call for expansion to serve students and adults throughout the region, creating a workforce training center that will offer opportunities for area workers and attract businesses who need a solid employee base. Between state and local grant matches, the KC Tech Academy has accumulated $3.9 million.

587 Project

The most dramatic element of the Big Four may be development of vacant land at one of Greater Kansas City’s most strategic locations: I-435 and Highway 152. Christened the “587 Project” by adding the two highway numbers, this Big 4 component includes a feasibility study and research to jump start development in the largely vacant land around this interchange. To this end, the EDC contracted with the Olsson engineering firm to create plans for a regional destination complex. The goal is to lay the groundwork for public/private development that would feature Class A office space, unique civic spaces and regional entertainment venues. Olsson is currently examining successful features in other areas in order to create a list of those best suited to the interchange.

The Orthopedics center

The Orthopedics Center is growing the current University of Missouri and Liberty Hospital partnership into a major treatment and research facility. The program began over two years ago with Liberty Hospital collaborating with Missouri’s flagship university health system to provide Liberty Hospital patients access to the latest research and treatments for orthopedic conditions. Continued pursuit and expansion of these goals will have dramatic impact to the area’s health care.

50 Companies & 5,000 jobs


The final Big Four component is an extension of the original, 2013 initiative: bringing 50 new companies and developing 5,000 new jobs by 2023.