Friday Facts: March 17
Friday Facts

Civic and Legislative Affairs: Our Civic and Legislative Affairs Committee meeting will be Tuesday at 7:30AM. Once again it will deal with working with Platte County to improve our influence with the Mid-America Regional Council as we work to connect the current and future developments in Clay and Platte County. Please take a look at the various MARC Committees and find a fit for you. Remember that MARC is more than just transportation and we need to be represented on every available committee. As the Metropolitan Planning Organization, MARC distributes millions of dollars in federal and state funds and we want to get our fair share.

I-29/I-35/US 169 Public Meeting: If you have issues about the split you have the opportunity to voice your concerns. The study team welcomes public comment Wednesday, April 12, 2023 at the Raymond R Brock Jr. Hall, Northland Neighborhoods Inc., 5340 NE Chouteau Trafficway, Kansas City, MO from 5-7PM in an open house format. The meeting will provide information on the alternatives screening process and results, preliminary PEL recommendations and project next steps. A virtual component and survey will be available to the general public from April 12 through April 30 to provide additional comment. For project details, click here.

Home Needs Repair? Northland Neighborhoods Inc.is taking applications for home repair grants if you live in Kansas City in Clay or Platte County. For more information call 816-454-2000 or email Laura_Spiwak@nni.org or Mary_Dusanek@nni.org.

Job Fair: The Kansas City Police Department will be hosting a job fair April 18th from 10AM to 4PM and it won’t just be for police officers. Local businesses can set up their own booth in order to find much needed employment. The event will be held at the Raymond R Brock Jr. Hall, Northland Neighborhoods Inc., 5340 NE Chouteau Trafficway, Kansas City, MO. For more information, please read the attached brochure.

NFL Draft Pass: It’s not in Clay County but we still want to let you know Fans can now register for free access to the Draft at NFL.com/DraftAccess or by downloading the NFL OnePass app at NFL.com/OnePass.

New Lead Feeder: After Twelve years as Executive Director, Chris Evans will retire from Feed Northland Kids at the end of the month. She will be succeeded by Gwen Spidle O’Brien. You can read more here, but your EDC wants to thank Chris for her years of leadership and impact on the Northland.

State of the Cities/County Sponsored by Liberty Hospital: 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.

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: Find a fish fry on Friday nights through 3-31-23

This week: Gladstone City Council Candidate Forum Mar 23rd 6:30PM Gladstone Community Building

Liberty/Jewell Half Marathon/5K Mar 25th 8AM at William Jewell

Excelsior Springs’s Sippin’ Into Spring Mar 25th 11AM-5PM

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

Excelsior Springs’ A French Quarter Fete Piccadilly Gala Apr 1st 5PM 425 S Thompson

Northland Ethnic Enrichment Festival Apr 1st 11AM-3PM Staley High School

North Kansas City’s Spring Fling Beer Fest Apr 1st 4- 8PM iWerx 1520 Clay St.

Excelsior Springs’ Tortoise & Hare 5K Run and Walk Apr 15th 8AM 

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 ClayCounty 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.

Clay Vendor List: Clay County Tourism and Marketing Coordinator Megan Sahlfeld is curating a “Made in Clay” vendor list. Her three goals are 1) Internally, as they have a need to occasionally purchase items on behalf of the County as giveaways, prizes, etc. 2) Socially, as a way to share with the community some of the unique finds within our County (thinking of weekly social blasts once we have the website and socials fully operational) and 3) Organizationally, as a shared list that we can all benefit from as we seek to support our local businesses. To make things easier, she created a Google Sheet. Click here to add your business

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.

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

Ethen Pineda, Loan Officer EthenP@clayedc.com

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

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