Friday Facts: December 23
Friday Facts

Clay County Royals?: Fox 4’s Dave D’Marko Tweeted Tuesday that the Kansas City Royals are currently looking at 14 sites, including two in Clay County, as possible locations for their new stadium and ballpark village. The prospect of a new stadium in Clay County is exciting as it would provide the northland with the opportunity to host 81 homes games and be home to a new Royals stadium with about 35,000 seats. Your EDC has pledged to assist as much as necessary including helping to find the required funding for the necessary infrastructure.

We Are Down to Zero Pups and Zero Kittens: When we checked the Maple Woods Veterinary Technology School website to see who had not been adopted we were elated to find no listings. While you can always buy a pet from a puppy mill or breeder, there is nothing like adopting a rescue. If you are still wanting to add a new family member, nearby adoption centers or animal shelters are a search away.

Family Time?: If you look at our things to do this week you will notice one basketball tournament. The tournament includes North Kansas City, Liberty, St. Pius, Oak Park, Kearney, Staley and Liberty North. There are plenty of other activities at your favorite high school but maybe it’s just time to gather with family and enjoy the season. Your EDC wishes you a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and Blessed Kwanzaa.

Maus is Smithville’s Superintendent: Dr. Mark Maus went to grade school in Smithville and will now be leading the District as their Superintendent beginning in July. Dr. Maus received the opportunity this month. Currently he works for the North Kansas City School District leading the College and Career Pathways Program. Ironically, Smithville’s last Superintendent, Dr. Todd Schuetz, is now employed by the NKCSD. You can read the District’s press release for more information by clicking here.

Hunt Midwest Delivers for UPS: As we mentioned a few weeks back, UPS Supply Chain Solutions is the newest tenant at the Hunt Midwest Business Center in Clay County. For more information, read their press release.

Site Development Grants: The Missouri Department of Economic Development has opened applications for its Industrial Site Development Grant Program.  For eligibility information, required documentation and other details, please review the program’s Final Guidelines. To apply click here.

Thank You: We want to thank everyone who attended our Look North-Keystone Awards luncheon. The event highlights, including a look at the winners is on our website. At the same time we are so grateful for those of you who have invested in us by being members. You all have other opportunities to spend your time and money and we are humbled that you receive value by helping us make Clay County a better place to live, work and play.

Election Filing Ends Tuesday: Filing for candidates for the Tuesday, April 4, 2023 election ends Tuesday, December 27, 2022 at 5:00 PM in accordance with 115.127.5 RSMo.

Bicentennial Closing Celebration: All are invited to the Clay County Bicentennial’sfinal celebration January 5th from 5:30-7PM at the Woodneath Library Center 8900 NE Flintlock Road in Kansas City. Prizes and refreshments will be provided with other activities. Please RSVP by January 3rd to publicservices@claycountymo.gov.

Time to Enroll: Excelsior Springs’ Job Corps is now accepting enrollment applications. For more information or to apply click here.

Missouri Apprentice Ready Program: The Kansas City MARP will begin its second year with a cohort beginning February 13th with additional sessions in April, July and September. For more information contact Program Coordinator Rudy Chavez at rudychavez@moaflcio.org or 816-806-1840

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:

This week: William Jewell’s High School Holiday Classic Dec 27-30

Clay County Bicentennial Celebration Jan 5th 5:30-7 at Woodneath Library Center8900 NE Flintlock Rd. KCMO

Click on the school of your choice to see their calendar of events. Excelsior SpringsKearneySmithvilleLiberty, Liberty NorthNorth Kansas CityWinnetonkaOak ParkStaleySt. Pius Kansas City Christian and Platte County R-3 (yes, part of their district is in Clay County).

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.

Our Mid-Continent Public Libraries offer many classes including the Square Onecourses 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, 6.491% for 20 years and 6.550% 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 invest with us.

Thanks, from your friends at the Clay County EDC

David Slater, Executive Director davids@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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