Friday Facts: October 15
Friday Facts

Do you know you can enjoy zoo animals while listening to a string quartet while sipping a beverage of your choice? Today is the last day you can reserve a table or seat for your EDC’s Look North Awards Gala October 23rd by clicking here. Our Look North Award recipient this year is Tim Harris, founder and managing principal of Star Development. During our cocktail hour we will be entertained by the William Jewell String Quartet. Keith Nelson will posthumously receive a special recognition award for his work on the Francois Chouteau Monument. The keynote speaker will be the zoo’s executive director Randy Wisthoff who is bringing friends. Your EDC’s Chairman Greg Canuteson will also reveal, for the first time in public, the plans for your EDC’s Big 4 game changing “587”.

Maggie Kost will take over as Missouri’s Department of Economic Development’s Acting Director upon Director Rob Dixon’s departure on October 22, 2021. In September, Director Dixon announced he would be taking a new post with Ameren Missouri. Ms. Kost currently serves as DED Deputy Director and oversees the Department’s Administration division.  

Do you feel the need to get a little exercise and help clean up your county? The Mid America Regional Council sponsors the Ploctober Cleanup on Sunday, October 17th to get you outdoors after a long quarantine and get some exercise while engaging in a socially responsible activity that beautifies the streamside trails in your community. Click here for more information or to register. While you will be referred to certain locations, you can pick any spot and time at your convenience. Gather with some friends, coworkers or service organization to make it even more fun. 

The Northland Education and Business Alliance is hosting another of their Career Speaker Series on October 19th. You can register for the Transportation, Distribution and Logistics webinar by clicking hereor Manufacturing right here. These live events will be advertised to Northland students and educational institutions spanning from kindergarten through post-secondary. The purpose of these events is to bring awareness of specific industries that drive the local economy. Speakers will provide background about the industry, their company and local career opportunities. Registered attendees will be able to pose questions to the speakers to learn more about the industry. All events will be held live via Zoom. Make sure you share this information with any students you know. Did you miss the September 21st NEBA Career Speaker Series event with our Government/Public Administration and Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security experts? No worries, check out the recordings of these sessions on NEBA’s YouTube channel

The Mid-Continent Public Library has upcoming Square One classes October 19th for Which Social Media is Right for Your Business? and Scaling Your Business – Program Options in KC November 17th. More classes begin November 10th with Small Biz Support Group—Reading Rainbow EditionCreate Your Customer Avatar and Business Model Canvas Workshop and Veterans Entrepreneurship Celebration on November 11th

The City of KCMO is reviewing their AdvanceKC policies and processes for prioritizing, evaluating, and approving economic development incentives to attract jobs, businesses and new residential and commercial development and is seeking community input. Please take a few minutes to give your opinion by clicking here for the survey.

Please take less than a minute to help us fill our hotels and restaurants by signing the petition to bring the World Cup Soccer tournament to Arrowhead Stadium. Sign and see more at

If you could spare some time on Monday, October 18th the Northland Center for Advanced Professional Studies is hosting a resume review at the Pleasant Valley Baptist Church in Liberty. There will be two sessions. Please click on the one most convenient to you to register from 7:45 am – 9:30 amand from 12:15 pm – 2:00 pm  

Your EDC wants to make sure you know of the great resources provided by our state that address job seekers, employers and our community. The information provided at is both relevant and timely. You can also reach them at 1-888-728-JOBS (5627). 

For the next few weeks the redistricting committee for Kanas City will be meeting on Wednesday afternoons from 4-6PM on the 10th floor of City Hall. The meetings will also be broadcast on channel 2. Northland representation on the Kansas City Council has a huge impact on our county and your EDC has been and will continue to be involved.

In March 2021, Governor Parson established the Show Me Strong Recovery Taskforce. The purpose of the task force is to study and develop recommendations on ways to support businesses throughout Missouri. The Task Force also considers ways to better engage all businesses through existing economic development tools. Please provide your feedback by clicking here.

Are you tired of having to get permission to hunt on someone else’s land? Want some acreage and a hunting lodge or event center near Chillicothe? Your EDC is working with Whitetail Properties to sell a piece of property that currently belongs to us. Take a look here

Did you know that your EDC provides small business loans through our partnership with Midwest Small Business Financing? We want to put your business into buildings and purchase the required fixed assets. Our rates include the Small Business Administration fees and are currently 3.245% for ten years, 3.483% for 20 years and 3.601 for 25 years. Please contact us with any questions. You can read about upcoming SBA trainings and get more information about the SBA’s Resource Partner Training here. 

Your EDC helps to sponsor weekly educational programs designed to engage, educate and accelerate communities of entrepreneurs and small business owners. Hosted in-person by iWerx, 1520 Clay Street, North Kansas City, MO 64116, Coffee Connect starts at 7:45 and the program begins at 8. To sign up or for more information click here.

Your EDC’s Friday Facts is your go-to read to see what is happening in our County. We want you to see Clay County while spending your disposable income right here:

Tonight Halloween Haunt and Great Pumpkin Fest through October at Worlds of Fun

Tomorrow Excelsior Springs Paranormal Ghost Tour  October 16th

Tomorrow Andrea and Jason Pope at the Corbin Theatre October 16th at 7:00PM

Tomorrow Gladstone’s Atkins-Johnson Farm & Museum Candlelight Cemetery Tours 7:00 and 9:00

Sunday Kansas City Parks Walktober at the Line Creek Trail October 17th, 10AM – noon

Smithville’s Haunted Campground October 23rd 4-7

North Kansas City’s Spooky Snake Saturday Parade October 23rd

North Kansas City’s Ghouls & Goblins Costume Contest October 23rd

Monster Jam Thunder Alley October 23 – November 21 at Worlds of FunJazz at the Garrison at the Corbin Theatre November 1st at 6:00PMNorth Kansas City’s Ladies Night Out November 5th from 5:30 – 8:00 PM

Pleasant Valley UAW Local 249 Trunk or Treat, October 23 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM 

Click on the school of your choice to see their calendar of events. Excelsior SpringsKearneySmithvilleLiberty, Liberty NorthNorth Kansas CityWinnetonkaOak ParkStaleySt. Pius Kansas City Christian and Platte County R-3 (yes, part of their district is in Clay County). 

The Northland Education and Business Alliance now has its own YouTube channel. This organization just continues to grow and get things right and your EDC is proud to be a part of it. Feel free to view the dozens of videos from various career opportunities right here in Clay County.

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