Friday Facts: April 7
Friday Facts

Municipal and School Elections Results: The April 4th election results are available here. Your EDC congratulates both the winners and those who came up short for stepping up to serve. Please note that these are only the results for Clay County. Since Kansas City encompasses four counties, our results are not the end all, be all in forming the two-candidate runoff. KC races will be determined June 30th. Mayor Quinton Lucas will face the guy from Virginia (if other media would follow your EDC’s lead of not giving his opponent media time maybe he would quit coming back). At Large runoffs will be 1stKevin O’Neill and Rhonda Smith, 2nd Lindsay French and Jenay Manley, 3rd Melissa Patterson Hazley and Brandon Ellington, 4th Crispin Rea and Justin Short, 5th Darrell Curls and Michael Kelley and 6th Andrea Bough and Jill Sasse. In District has 1st Nathan Willett and Chris Gahagan, 3rd Melissa Robinson and Sheri Hall, 4th Eric Bunch and Henry Rizzo and 6th Dan Tarwater III and Johnathan Duncan. Ryana Parks-Shaw 5th and Wes Rogers 2nd are unopposed. 

Peggy Shull Passes: Former Presiding Commissioner Peggy Shull passed away April 1st. From 1988 to 1994 Peggy served the citizens of Clay County. You can read her obituary here.

Just in Time: With the weather turning so nice we are all looking for friends that will make us get out and about. Well you EDC has the answer as our Vet Tech friends from Maple Woods have spayed/neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, socialized dogs and cats and they even have their teeth cleaned. Find your newest family member by clicking here.

State of the Cities/County: Thanks again for Liberty Hospital sponsoring our State of the Cities/County luncheon. We have the presentations on our website.

Sheriff’s Annual Report: Sheriff Will Akin and his team have published their Annual Report. Learn more and see some of the women and men who help keep us safe by clicking here.

Misplaced Property? Take a minute to find out if you have any unclaimed property in Missouri’s largest lost and found by clicking 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.

Networking Event Location change – Your EDC helps to sponsor “Coffee Connect”, a weekly educational program designed to engage, educate and accelerate communities of entrepreneurs and small business owners. Hosted in-person at Chicken N Pickle, 761 Burlington St. North Kansas City. Coffee Connect starts at 7:45 and the program begins at 8. To sign up or for more information click here.

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: 

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

This week: 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 NKC

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

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

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

American Welding Society’s Annual Golf Tourney benefitting the Northland Career Center’s Capital Campaign May 12th at Paradise Point Golf Course

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.

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.

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.

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 theRaymond 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 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.

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 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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