Friday Facts: March 24
Friday Facts
Nelson Named Missouri’s Top Woman: 
Winnetonka graduate and Hall of Famer Kathy Nelson was named Missouri’s Woman of the Year by USA Today. The Northlander was the force behind bringing both this year’s NFL Draft and the 2026 FIFA World Cup to Kansas City. If you want some inspiration read this article by Ryan Collingwood of the Springfield News-Leader.

Northland Prosecutors Mean Business: Whether the killer of North Kansas City Police Officer Daniel Vasquez will receive the proposed death penalty or not, it is a statement to all bad guys that Clay County Prosecutor Zach Thompson means business. Having tough prosecutors like Thompson and Platte County Prosecutor Eric Zahnd working with law enforcement is as important as the police and sheriff when it comes to keeping the Northland safe.

Deadline Today for State of the Cities/County Sponsored by Liberty Hospital: 

Today is the last day you can sign up for your EDC’s most fun event of the year 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 Networking begins at 11AM. 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

State to Fund NKC Trail: Governor Mike Parson announced yesterday that North Kansas City will receive $1,250,000 for a park and nature trail as part of the $94 million Community Revitalization Grant Program.

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

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

This weekend: Liberty Community Chorus Mar 26th 2PM St. James Catholic Church Liberty

This weekend: 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.

Kearney School District Education Foundation’s Annual Community Breakfast Apr 14th 7-9AM

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).

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.

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.

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.

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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