Friday Facts: April 22
Friday Facts

Our friends from Kansas City Planning shared their first quarter residential permits issued report. Of the 913 permits given during the first three months of 2022, 588 (64.4%) were issued in Clay County. Our partners in Platte County had 139 issued. In all, the Northland accounted for 727 permits (79.6%). People are coming to the Northland because of the quality of our education and law enforcement, including prosecutors.

So have you signed up for the first or second session of Goat Yoga at the North Kansas City IWerx a week from Saturday? Sessions start at 10 and 11AM. Apparently the goats add a level of peacefulness to yoga…at a minimum you have a new story to tell. To get more information and reserve your spot click here.

Last week we told you about the Missouri Technology Corporation. This week we will let you know that third-generation Northland leader Allen Dillingham was appointed by Governor Parson to that Board. Your EDC has already let him know that we have to make sure the Kansas City Metro starts getting our fair share of the funding. Right now we are playing a distant little brother to St. Louis. We’ll let you know how you can help change this under the leadership of Allen.

Speaking of the Dillingham family, it was such a privilege to attend fountain day this week and have conversations with many of the people who first gave the Northland traction. I’m sure there are others but the first four names that pop into my head when I think about how far we have come are the Garneys, Gormans, Dillinghams and Brocks. Thank you to them and those of you who continue to make the Northland special.

As we mentioned earlier, Harrah’s through the Caesar’s Foundation, has given us $5,000 to build beds for Sleep In Heavenly Peace. What have not yet mentioned is that they are contributing $5,000 each to Giving the Basics, the Clay County Clothes Closet, the WDAF TV Love Fund for Children and $10,000 to the YMCA of Greater Kansas City.

Your EDC is hosting the Northland Regional Chambers’ business after hours May 4th from 5-7PM at our office located in Gladstone at 7001 N Locust. Of course the debate raged on whether to make the event Cinco de Mayo Eve or May the 4th Be With You. We found a nice compromise with our theme, settling on Margaritas and Mandalorians. We will also have available for the first time, renderings of our “587” project. Please see the attached for details.

The MCC-MW Vet Tech Program has several animals ready for adoption. The students in the program can arrange for visits and provide more information. There are several future family members needing homes so please consider adopting one of these cuties.

Interested in continuing education? The Missouri Department of Economic Development has set up a Computer Virtual Learning Platform for In-demand, On-demand stackable computer certifications with online monitored learning, including hands on labs. It is also an introduction to basic IT knowledge and skills. One of the programs ITF+, helps someone decide if a career in IT is a right fit for them. Click herefor more information. You can also learn about Coursera, which Is taught by top instructors worldwide. Someone can earn industry recognized professional certifications. Most Courses can be learned in six months or less and at the person’s speed. It can also be used with employers and candidates and is free. It is a statewide project and there are no income guidelines.  Click here for more information.

The Clay County 4-H Fair will be July 8-9 in Smithville this year’s. Sign up to be a contestant, sponsor or judge by clicking here.

The Kansas City zoo is looking for teenagers who love the outdoors, talking to people and have a love of animals to become VolunTEENs. To apply or for more information click here.

Did you ever want to judge, sponsor or volunteer at a robot competition? Our KC Tech Academy is very involved with BotsKCwhich is having their annual competition April 22nd and 23rd. For more information, click here. To see some fun videos, click here.

The Doniphan Leadership Institute’s fall 2022 and spring 2023 cohorts are accepting registrations now. These tend to fill up very quickly. You can register or get more information here. The classes are offered through William Jewell’s Pryor Leadership Program.

Our Mid-Continent Public Libraries offer many classes including the Square One courses on how to operate a business. The website offers many opportunities, both virtual and in-person.

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). The State of Missouri has resourceteams to assist businesses and community with getting connected to Mo Jobs resources. Contact Pam Harris, Missouri Department of Economic Development, pam.harris@ded.mo.gov or Allan Hedrick, Missouri Department of Higher Education & Workforce Development, allan.hedrick@dhewd.mo.gov.

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 3.820% for ten years, 4.226% for 20 years and 4.370 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:

Today: Kearney Education Foundation Breakfast April 22nd at 7AM

Today: KC Park’s Spring Cleaning at Winnwood Park April 22nd 9AM-noon.

Today: Free concert with Phil Vandel at the former Smithville Little Platte Distillery location 210 E Meadow from 6-9

Today: BotsKC’s annual competition April 22nd and 23rd. For information click here. To see videos click here.

Tomorrow: Northland Ethnic Festival from 11AM-3PM at Staley High School. Free admission and parking

Tomorrow: Liberty’s Jazz and Java at 6:30 at Liberty High School’s Performing Arts Center..

This week: Northland Regional Chamber’s Education Banquet April 26th at 5:00PM

This week: Ribbon cutting for KC Parks’ Maplewood Parkway Project 10AM at Shoal Creek and N Woodland

This week: Claycomo’s Historical Society meeting April 27th at 10:30AM at Claycomo City Hall

This week: Kearney Enrichment Council’s Mardi Gras Gala April 28th

Gladstone’s Adkins Johnson Farm Walk N Wag April 30th 9:00AM

Pleasant Valley’s Stream Clean April 30th 9AM to noon

Northland Community Foundation’s Annual Celebration Breakfast May 6th at 7:30

Excelsior Springs’ Second Friday May 8th

North Kansas City’s Friday Night Concerts May 13th at 7PM The Phil Collins Experience.

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.

Your CCEDC is on the move. Click to join a committee, or to investwith us.

David Slater, Executive Director davids@clayedc.com

Frances Sheffield, EDFP Loan Officer francess@clayedc.com

Julie Lewis, Business Retention Specialist juliel@clayedc.com

Ethen Pineda, Loan Officer EthenP@clayedc.com

7001 N. Locust, Suite B101 – Gladstone MO 64118 – (816)468-4989

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