Friday Facts: February 17
Friday Facts

Chiefs’ Facts: Patrick Mahomes hit Travis Kelce for the Chiefs’ first touchdown. These two men have combined for eleven playoff wins. In the over 100-year history of the NFL there are eight teams, including Cincinnati, with fewer wins. They are tied with Tampa Bay. Two rookies, Skyy Moore and Isiah Pacheco and two second year men, Kadarius Toney and Nick Bolton (on defense) scored Super Bowl touchdowns. The Chiefs led the league in snaps by rookies. Three appearances with two wins in the last four Super Bowls. You need a pair of Oakley’s to look at this team’s future.

Child Care Grants: Yesterday, Governor Mike Parson announced that new grant funding is available through the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Office of Childhood for eligible child care providers and businesses and/or community partners who want to work together to expand child care in their local community. The Innovation Start-up Grant application is now open on the Child Care Relief Funds website and must be submitted by May 31, 2023.

State of the Cities/County: Your EDC’s most fun event of the year has been set for March 30th. The State of the Cities/County luncheon will be held at Harrah’s in North Kansas City beginning at 11:30AM and concluding by 1:00PM Our mayors have a good time poking fun at their cohorts while letting you know what is going on in their cities. To register click here. To sponsor, call Julie Lewis at 816-468-4989.

Liberty North High School – Mock Interviews: LPS is hosting a Mock Interview Day for Juniors and Seniors on March 14 from 9:15 am – 11:00 am at Liberty North High School. This event will prepare our students for the career world and help them sharpen their interview skills. If you or anyone you know would like to help out as an interviewer, please click here for more information and to sign-up. Interview questions and any other necessary information will be provided to all interviewers upon arrival. 

Crossley # 1 in Missouri: A few weeks ago we reported that Gary Crossley Ford was the number one Ford dealership in Missouri. The press release is available by clicking here.

Snakes Ready to Leave: North Kansas City’sSnake Saturday Parade is more than just a one-day event. To see all the activities, sign up or sponsor, click here.

Quality of Life Committee: We postponed this week’s Quality of Life Committeemeeting so that we could partner with our friends at Northland Neighborhoods, Inc. in hosting a reception/question and answer with new Kansas City Police Chief Stacy Graves. We will also have the opportunity to meet new Shoal Creek Major Scott Simonsand Northland Patrol Major Jason Asper. The event will be February 22nd from 5-7 PM at the Raymond R Brock Jr. Hall located in the NNI office at 5340 NE Chouteau Trafficway in Kansas City.

Civic and Legislative Affairs Committee: Usually scheduled for the third Tuesday of the month, our CLA meeting has been pushed to February 28th at 3PM so we can continue to build a Northland coalition with Platte County. Once again we will be discussing and recommending participants for the various Mid-American Regional Council transportation committees. We will gather at the Platte County Resource Center (11724 NW Plaza Circle, Kansas City, MO 64153).

KC Council Candidate Forum: Your EDC has partnered with Northland Neighborhoods, Inc and the Platte County EDC to host two nights of candidate forums for the Kansas City Council races for the 1st, 2nd and 4th District At Large candidates along with the 4th In District hopefuls who will represent the Northland. Moderated by former KMBC political reporter Michael Mahoney, the 1st and 2nd candidates will share their goals March 2nd while the 4thdistrict  hopefuls will debate March 9th. Both programs are scheduled from 6-8PM at the Raymond R Brock Jr. Halllocated in the NNI office at 5340 NE Chouteau Trafficway in Kansas City. The events are free and open to the public.

Smithville Mock Interviews: As part of their Real-World Learning Program, Smithville’sIntroduction to Business students will be working on their resumes and interview skills March 13-16. If you would like to assist our future workforce by helping out, click here.

April Municipal and School Board Ballot: The April 4th ballot is available by clicking here. Your EDC encourages you to vote, but only after studying the candidates and issues. Please take a few minutes with a search engine to help you get a full perspective.

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 weekend: Kearney High School presents Newsies Jr. Feb 14th-18th

Tomorrow: Historic Downtown Liberty – Let’s Wine About Winter Feb 18th 1-5PM 

This week: Smithville’s 2nd Annual Fat Tuesday Crawfish Boil Feb 21st 5-9 at American Legion Post 58

This week: Smithville’s Community Awards Banquet Feb 23rd White Iron Ridge. director@smithvillechamber.org

Find a fish fry on Friday nights from 2-24-23 through 3-31-23

Hillcrest Hope’s Annual Event is Feb 25th For more information or to register, click here.

Northland Chamber’s Annual BanquetFebruary 25th at 5:30 at the Argosy Casino and Spa

Liberty Chamber’s 2023 State of the City Luncheon Feb 28th noon-1  Liberty Community Center

William Jewell’s Achievement Day DinnerMar 2nd at the Downtown Marriott 5:30PM

Oakhill Day School’s  Gold Rush Silent Auction Mar 4th 7PM 309 E 10th Ave

Liberty Mayor and Council Candidate Forum Mar 9th 6-8PM Liberty City Hall

North Kansas City’s Snake Saturday ParadeMarch 11th at 11AM. Click here for the route

Liberty/Jewell Half Marathon/5K Mar 25th8AM at William Jewell

Smithville Alderman Candidate Forum Mar 26th 6-8PM at Humphreys

Click on the high 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).

Clay County Visitors’ Guide: Our friends at the Courier Tribune created a Guide to Clay County for visitors and locals alike. If you are a subscriber and already got this then great. If not, here is a link to some super cool things to do right here.

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.

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 6.748% for ten years, 6.739% for 20 years and 6.707% 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

then Pineda, Loan Officer EthenP@clayedc.com

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

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