The recommendation from the Kansas City redistricting committee is not what leaders in the Northland were hoping for. A horizontal split, basically along Barry Road, would be the dividing line instead of the current vertical line that runs along North Oak. The new line would put most of the older neighborhoods in the second district and put the expected 30,000 citizen growth in the first district. Instead of spending the general obligation funds (GO Bonds) and public improvement advisory committee’s funds (PIAC) from two districts in the older neighborhoods, money would only come from one. The Kansas City Council still must approve the plan. We hope that the Council will rethink the proposed horizontal split redistricting plan as it is not in the best interest of the Northland.
If you have not already, please consider registering for our December 15th Keystone Awards luncheon. Despite a pandemic-filled year our county had a lot of great progress and we’ll be showing some of that off. You can get more information and register here. After you register take a couple of minutes and look at our new webpage.
The Doniphan Leadership Institute at William Jewell College’s Pryor Center for Leadership Development is now taking applications for their cohort which begins January 26, 2022. Your EDC highly recommends this learning experience. To find out more, simply click here.
Our friends at the Missouri Department of Economic Development are hosting a Youth Opportunities Program Workshop January 12th. For more information or to register, click here.
Learn to sell online or to the government by signing up with a navigator from our partner MoSourceLink. For personalized business help, more information or to sign up for a navigator, click here.
The Mid-Continent Public Library has upcoming Square One classes for Canva for Food Business December 8th and Business Model Canvas Workshop also on December 8th.
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 https://jobs.mo.gov/is both relevant and timely. You can also reach them at 1-888-728-JOBS (5627).
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 3.666% for ten years, 3.495% for 20 years and 3.612 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 Pleasant Valley’s Mayor Christmas tree lighting December 3rd 5:00PM
Tomorrow Smithville’s Candyland Christmas December 4th noon – 5:30
Tomorrow Liberty’s Hometown Holidays December 4th from 2-5PM
ArtWerx holiday shopping December 11 10am. – 5pm Gladstone
Excelsior Springs Second Weekends December 10-12th
Photos and Cookies with Santa & Mrs. Claus December 11th noon-3 Atkins-Johnson Farm &Museum
Excelsior Springs Taste of Christmas December 11th noon-5
Pleasant Valley’s Santa on the Fire Truck December 11th 9:00-noon
Kearney’s Magical Night December 12th 6-9PM
Click on the school of your choice to see their calendar of events. Excelsior Springs, Kearney, Smithville, Liberty, Liberty North, North Kansas City, Winnetonka, Oak Park, Staley, St. 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.