Friday Facts: March 31
Friday Facts

Municipal and School Elections Tuesday: 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.

State of the Cities/County: Thank you to everyone who came out to our luncheon yesterday. The Excelsior Citizen filmed the event and may have it on their website by the time you read this. Our monthly newsletter will be out early next week with a link to all of the presentations. We will soon have them on our website.

KCI’s Klein Right on Time: By now you have probably heard that KC’s Director of Aviation, Pat Kleinwill retire May 31st. What you may not know is the change of dynamics he provided when promoted to Director in 2016. When then Mayor Sly James and City Manager Troy Schulte relieved former Aviation Director Mark VanLoh they had to hit a home run. They hit a grand slam. The idea of a new terminal was not popular with the public or the Council and the vision had all but died. Klein generated the momentum that effected the momentum change and then oversaw the City’s largest public works project completing it early and on budget. Cheers. 

Clean Up Before the Draft: If you are more tired of seeing trash in the Northland than you are waiting on government to come up with a solution you may want to organize a cleanup. Kansas City Parks has set April 21-23, one week before the NFL Draft, as cleanup days. Click here to join. We will let you know as other cities organize Earth Day events.

Parade of Playhouses: Our friends at the Kansas City Home Builders Association have opened bidding on playhouses constructed by area high school students. You can bid on these unique and creative buildings by clicking here. All proceeds go to furthering Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education.

Kearney Chamber’s Hiring Fair: The Kearney Chamber is hosting their third annual Kearney Hiring Fair April 13th from 3:30-6:30 at the First United Methodist Church 1000 E 92 Highway. For more information, including the participating businesses, click here.

College For Kids: If your kids get bored over summer vacation you may want to take a look at the Metropolitan Community College’s College For Kids. The 2023 summer camps include iOS Development, Theatre, Coding and Medical School for kids. Click here for more information or to enroll.

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: Last night to find a fish fry

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

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

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

Tomorrow: Harper Haus Music Company fund raiser for Bev Bolinger Apr 1st 3-6PM 200 Main St. Platte City

Sunday: Brandon Russell’s Doubles Pickleball Tournament Apr 4th 4-7PM at NKC Chicken N Pickle

Atkins-Johnson Farm and Museum 10-Year Anniversary Celebration Apr 8th 1-4

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

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

Care Givers on the Homefront’s Art on the Homefront Apr 15th 12:30-4:30 Macken Park in North Kansas City

Atkins-Johnson Farm and Museum Walk and Wag Apr 22nd 10AM

Northland Chamber’s Excellence in Education Banquet Apr 25th 5PM at the KCI Expo Center

Atkins-Johnson Farm and Museum Civil War Spring Muster Apr 29th 11AM-3PM

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 comments. 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 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.

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 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 of 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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