Friday Facts: December 2
Friday Facts

Legislative Update for NEBA: Clay County State Senator Lauren Arthur and Representatives Josh Hurlbert and Maggie Nurrenbern and possibly others will be the presenters for the Tuesday, December 6th Northland Education and Business Alliance’s noon meeting. Funding for schools and curriculum will be discussed along with other items. Businesses and educators interested in helping to develop our future workforce are encouraged to attend. Your EDC will provide lunch at 11:30. Please RSVP to

Eagle Days: If you are not getting the Missouri Department of Conservation’s monthly magazine you might want to look into it by clicking here. Even if you do not hunt or fish the magazine has great information and outstanding photography. The latest edition may be read here. The December issues features information on Eagle Days. From now until the end of winter is a great time to head to Smithville Lake to watch these majestic birds in action. Your EDC suggests Eagle’s View Trail.

Running For Office? Filing for city council, school board and other elected positions will begin on December 6, 2022 and will continue until December 27, 2022. To register to run for office you will need to visit your local municipality or district office.

Helping the Blind Visualize: This from a NKCSD press release. Audiences at Winnetonka’s fall production of Dogfight experienced the show in an entirely new way. Watch the story from KSHB to learn how Tonka is taking strides to ensure an accessible theater experience for all. 

UPS and Hunt Midwest: From the Kansas City Business Journal: UPS (United Parcel Service Inc.) has become the latest new occupant at a steadily growing industrial park in Kansas City’s Northland. The multinational shipping company recently leased 210,600 square feet within the Hunt Midwest Business Center, where it will occupy a little less than half of the 478,000-square foot HMBC Logistics IV. The building at 9555 NE 48th St. is the newest completed to date within the 2,500-acre industrial park at Interstate 435 and Parvin Road.

ESACC Receives $400,000: Governor Mike Parson Announced Career and Technical Education Grants would be awarded by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to further support the important work that these programs do to ensure all Missouri students are prepared for success upon graduation and further contribute to developing Missouri’s workforce. “Career and technical education is critical to our workforce development goals here in the State of Missouri,” Governor Parson said. “Every day the necessity for a post-secondary degree, trade, or industry recognized credential is growing for good-paying jobs across the state, and we want to support Missourians as they seek to learn new skills, especially in our career and technical education programs.”  As part of the American Rescue Plan Act the Excelsior Springs Area Career Centerwill receive $400,000.

We Are Down to Five Pups and Three Kittens: There are still dogs and cats available for adoption at the Maple Woods Veterinary Technology School. What a great Christmas present for both of you! Click here to see who is still in need of a new home.

Breakfast at Maple Woods Leads to Seven Scholarships: Dr. Larry Rideaux, President of Maple Woods Community College, announced seven $500 scholarships thanks to the generous support of Northland business partners and individual donors at last year’s Inaugural breakfast. Click here to attend the December 7th 7:30AM breakfast or contact Susan Chiappone at .

KC Parks would like to get input and involvement in their upcoming Parks Trailhead Study. Click here to opine.

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:

Tonight: Pleasant Valley’s Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting Dec 2nd 5-7PM City Hall 6500 Royal St.

Tomorrow: VA Benefits Fair 10AM-2:30PM at the Elks’ Lodge 7010 N Cherry, Gladstone. Please RSVP to 816-436-6550 or

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

Tomorrow: Liberty’s Home Town Holidays & Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting Dec 3rd 2-5 in Downtown

Christmas at Shoal Creek Dec 10th 10-3PM Shoal Creek Living History Museum 7000 NE Barry Rd

Kearney’s Magical Night Dec 10th 6PM in Downtown Kearney

Pleasant Valley and Glenaire’s Santa on the Firetruck Dec 10th starting at 9AM

Briarcliff Business Partner AllianceHolly Jolly Jackpot Event Dec 16th from 6-10PM at Harrah’s.

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).

Terminal Test Team? The Build KCI team is seeking applicants to volunteer to test the new terminal. Click here if you are interested in applying. The new terminal is amazing.

Wreath For a Veteran: December 17th is National Wreaths Across America Day when volunteers remember, honor and teach via a coordinated wreath-laying ceremony. At the same time veterans are acknowledged at Arlington National Cemetery, more than 3,400 additional locations in all 50 States, at sea and abroad will have grave sites decorated. To learn, volunteer or donate,  click here. Four cemeteries in Clay County, Terrace Park, Fairview, White Chapel and Fairview-New Hope are participating.

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

Northland Neighborhoods, Inc. is hosting the Kansas City Health Department for a vaccine clinic from 2-5PM 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.

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

Julie Lewis, Business Retention Specialist

Ethen Pineda, Loan Officer

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

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