Friday Facts: April 29
Friday Facts

Last Friday Governor Mike Parson appointed the Honorable Timothy Flook as Circuit Judge for the 7th Judicial Circuit. He will fill the Circuit Judge vacancy created by the appointment of the Honorable Janet L. Sutton to the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District. Judge Flook, of Liberty, currently serves as an Associate Circuit Judge for the 7th Judicial Circuit. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in history and philosophy from William Jewell College and a Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri–Kansas City School of Law.

Our friends at North Kansas City Hospital have earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Wound Care Management Certification. The Gold Seal is a symbol of quality that reflects NKCH’s Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center’s commitment to providing a higher standard of safe quality patient care. To meet the standards of the world’s preeminent accreditation and certification organization, the center underwent a rigorous review. Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with national clinical practice guidelines and performance measures.

Your EDC is hosting the Northland Regional Chambers’ business after hours Wednesday 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 first session of Goat Yoga at the North Kansas City IWerx this Saturday is sold out. The remaining session starts 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.

This from our friends at the North Kansas City Business Council concerning a proposed streetcar route through Northtown: Something many of us have been discussing in recent months is the possibility of a streetcar extension into North Kansas City. A thorough feasibility study is in the process of being finalized. There are many logistical and financial issues to be considered. The study team has asked for your input in the form of a survey. Here is the link to an explanation of the study and a link to the survey. When you come to the Community Outreach section please take a few minutes to complete the survey. The online self-guided survey will be active from April 20 – May 13, 2022, and accessible from this webpage. Click here to provide feedback through an interactive online map and survey tool.When the link is connected you will see a reddish-orange block on the right-center side of the screen inviting you to take the survey. There is also a blue box above that inviting your comments. The schematics you will see shows two options for the streetcar through North Kansas City: along Burlington and along Swift. It also shows two options for linking the current streetcar route to get onto the Heart of America Bridge to cross into North Kansas City.

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.

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 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 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, or Allan Hedrick, Missouri Department of Higher Education & Workforce Development,

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:

Tomorrow: Smithville’s Education Foundation Breakfast and Silent Auction April 30th at 8AM

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

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

Tomorrow: Smithville Main Street District’s Derby Wine Walk and Spring Market, April 30th 3-7PM

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

This week: Kearney Historic Museum presents Parade of Hearts artist Lisa Healey May 6th from 3-6PM

Smithville’s Evening of Jazz May 7th at 7PM. Courtyard Park

Excelsior Springs’ Second Friday May 13th

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

Northland Therapeutic Riding Center’s Mayfair, May 14th 10AM-4PM. Find out more about NTRC here.

Smithville’s Cornhole for a Cause May 14th at 1PM in front of the Bike Co-op at 112 S. Bridge St.

Smithville Main Street District’s Humphrey’s Gravel Grinder and Mental Health Awareness Fair May 14th

The Brandon Russell Flash Dash 5K in North Kansas City on May 21st

Maple Woods Community College’s Rockin’ in the Woods May 21st 1-7PM featuring Kansas City All Star Band

NKC Business Council’s Mickey Finn Scholarship Golf Tournament June 2nd at 12:30 at Staley Golf Course

Excelsior Springs Health Care Foundation golf tournament June 3rd at 9AM

Gladstone’s Bluesfest June 17th and 18th at Oak Grove Park

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.

Thanks, from your friends at the Clay County EDC

David Slater, Executive Director

Frances Sheffield, EDFP Loan Officer

Julie Lewis, Business Specialist

Ethen Pineda, Loan Officer

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

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