Friday Facts: November 11
Friday Facts

Happy Veterans’ Day: Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened ~ Billy Graham. Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear—not absence of fear ~ Mark Twain. Never was so much owed by so many to so few ~ Winston Churchill. Our flag does not fly because the wind moves it… it flies with the last breath of each soldier who died protecting it ~ Unknown. Click here to listen to “In Flanders Fields.”

No Committee Meetings next week: Due to the Global Entrepreneurship Week (click here for the guide) activities we will not be having our Quality of Life or Civic and Legislative Affairs committee meeting next week. Because of the holidays, the only committee meeting in December will be NEBA. Please consider attending our

Cocktails and Collaborations we are hosting for GEW November 17th from 5-7PM at our office.

The Maple Woods Veterinary Technology program has several dogs and cats available for adoption!!Our program pulls animals from local shelters and the students provide all of their veterinary care during the semester and then we adopt them out. All animals are vaccinated, dewormed, microchipped, spayed or neutered, socialized and have had a teeth cleaning! If you are interested in meeting one of these amazing animals PICTURED below, please message me! There are also 4-week-old puppies.

Election Results: For the County Commission, Presiding Commissioner Jerry Nolte was elected to a third term. Jo Ann Lawson won the Eastern Commission At Large seat. Jason Withington won the Western District At Large seat. Jay Johnson will represent the Eastern District. For State Representative races, Josh Hurlbert will continue representing the 8th District. Maggie Nurrenbern will still represent the 15th District. The 16th District will once again be represented by Chris Brown. Bill Allen flipped the 17th District seat. Eric Woods will represent the 18th District. Chris Lonsdale begins his first term representing the 38th District. Doug Richey won this third consecutive race to represent the 39th District. Kansas City passed two bond issues and Smithville voters agreed to extend the term of the mayor and council from two to four years. Voters also approved a tax cut for commercial businesses by passing the surtax 10% decrease in Proposition A.

NKC Police Chief Honored: Last week North Kansas City Police Chief Kevin Freeman was presented with the Clarence M. Kelley Award. The Clarence M. Kelley Award has been presented annually since 1980 to the Outstanding Law Enforcement Administrator in the metropolitan area. When you think about a 2.3-million-person metro, this is an awesome honor.

Liberty’s Comprehensive Plan: Join the Liberty Planning & Development Department and Olsson Studio this Wednesday at the Second Baptist Church, 300 E. Kansas St. from 5:30-7:30 for a public Open House for the new Comprehensive Plan. A city’s comprehensive plan is a document that establishes policy for making land use decisions and a vision for community growth, development and future investment. Part of creating a new and updated comprehensive plan, through this “Leading Liberty Forward” process, is collecting input to identify what types of projects and developments the Liberty community wants to see in the future, looking forward 10 to 25 years.  At this Open House, Olsson Studio will present draft recommendations based on the feedback collected so far. This is an opportunity to share input to help shape the final plan document.

Facebook Facebook Page: META has created a Facebook page for the Kansas City Data Center located in Clay County. You will be able to get updates, including employment opportunities by following here.

Look North and Keystone December 15th: Dave Horn, who led the effort to revitalize both the Antioch and Metro North Malls, will be honored with the Look North award at your EDC’s luncheon December 15th. Businesses in the Northland that have made a significant contribution to help build Clay County’s economy will also be recognized with a Keystone. Seats are $40 with tables of eight for $300. You can register here.

Things To Do in Clay: 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: Liberty’s Veterans’ Day Celebration Nov 11th 6PM Liberty Performing Arts Theatre 1600 S Withers Rd

Today: Northland Elks’ Veterans’ Day Dinner Nov 11th 7010 N Cherry, Gladstone

This weekend: Liberty High School The Little Mermaid Nov 9-12 at 7PM Performing Arts Center

This weekend: Oak Park High School presents Sister Act Nov10-12 at 7PM at the OPHS Main Auditorium

This weekend: Platte County R-3 High School presents The Addams Family Nov 9th-12th at 7PM

This week: Atkins-Johnson Farm and Museum Holiday Toys Nov 2nd-Dec 10th

Tomorrow: KC Parks Wilderness Run Nov 12th at 9AM at Shoal Creek Living History Museum.

Tomorrow: Smithville’s Wine Walk & Christmas Market Nov 12 3-7PM Main Street District

Tomorrow: Village of Briarcliff’s Holiday Lighting Ceremony Nov 12th 4-7PM

Sunday: A benefit concert for the Clay County Clothes Closet Nov 13th at 3PM at Fairview Christian Church 1800 NE 65th St Gladstone featuring the Kansas City Metro Men’s Chorus

This week: Northland Chamber’s Annual Auction November 17th 5PM at the Argosy

This week: Liberty North presents Into the Woods Nov 17-19 at 7PM Jacobs Performing Arts Theatre

This week: MCC Maple Woods presents “Thurber Carnival” Nov 17-19 at 7PM in the Student Center

North Kansas City’s Mayor’s Tree Lighting Nov 18 at 7PM at City Hall 2010 Howell St.

Excelsior Springs Elf Factory, Mayor’s Downtown Lighting Ceremony and Lighted Christmas Parade all happening November 19th from 10AM-6PM in their historic downtown

North Kansas City’s Mistletowne Market Nov 19 10AM-6PM at the Parks and Rec Center

Gladstone’s Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting Nov 22nd at 6PM at Linden Square

Liberty Giving Thanks 5K to support Hillcrest Hope Nov 24th 7:30 at the Liberty Community Center

North Kansas City Business Council’sThe Big Event” is December 1st from 5:30-7:30 at Harrah’s.

Smithville Chamber’s Candy Land Christmas Dec 3rd 1-5:30PM and Dec 9th 4-7PM in Downtown Smithville

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).

Intern anyone? Can you think of a valuable project for your business or organization that would be a learning opportunity for an intern? Northland CAPS is currently looking to secure approximately 300 unpaid internships across every career industry for the spring semester. NCAPS interns report 10 hrs/week for 15 weeks beginning in mid-January. They work with businesses and organizations of all sizes and varieties, including small businesses. Please consider hosting one! To get started, you can complete this quick form. If you have questions, please contact Allison Clemens or Brett Kisker at

Want to Build the New Northland Workforce Development Center? The Platte County R-3 School District has issued a Request For Proposal on the newly named $60 million Northland Career Center. Click here.

You can provide input on the redevelopment of the former Antioch and Vivion Roads K-Mart property at Northland Neighborhoods Inc, November 14th from 4-6PM at the Raymond R. Brock Jr. Hall 5340 NE Choteau Trafficway.

Break Out the Green Tie: Smithville High School’s Green Tie Affair, an innovator showcase with entrepreneurial pitches and individual interviews will be December 8th

from 8-11AM at the school. Click here to see how you can help build our workforce.

Still Time to Opine: The MoDOT survey for the I-29, I-35 and Highway 169 intersection Planning and Environmental (PEL) Study is still open. Click this link. Citizen comments are part of any funding scoring so please take a couple of minutes to complete.

Northland Neighborhoods, Inc. is hosting the Kansas City Health Department for a vaccine clinic from 2-5PM on November 10th and December 8th. They will administer Tdap, COVID and the flu vaccines. Please call 816-454-2000 with any questions.

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.

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 5.877% for ten years, 6.586% for 20 years and 6.654% 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.

NETWORKING 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.

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 Retention Specialist

Ethen Pineda, Loan Officer

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

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