Friday Facts: April 14
Friday Facts

Worlds of Fun Institutes New Policy: Rick Fiedler, the new General Manger for Worlds of Fun and his team reacted quickly to an opening day incident involving some teenage punks by instituting a new Code of Conduct. Those involved will have a very unpleasant surprise when they return. The amusement park is a Clay County destination and your EDC, with the help of Kansas City Police Commissioner Dawn Cramer, has set up a meeting with park officials and law enforcement leaders to make sure that we have a very safe county that is family friendly.

Mayors DeLong and Pogue Join Transportation Leadership: North Kansas City Mayor Bryant DeLong will represent the Clay County Municipalities on the Mid-America Regional Council’s Total Transportation Policy Committee joining Clay County Presiding Commissioner Jerry Nolte and Highway Administrator Karl Walters on the agency that determines where federal and state funding is administered for the region. As the TTPC alternate, Kearney Mayor Randy Pogue will represent the Clay cities on the MARC Highway Committee. These organizations determine financial allocations from trails to airports, including waterways. 

Meet the KCPD Chief and Majors: Northland Neighborhoods, Inc and your EDC have rescheduled our postponed reception/meet and greet for new Kansas City Police Chief Stacey Graves and Majors Scott Simons (Shoal Creek) and Keith Kirchoff (North Patrol) for April 24th from 6-7:30PM at the Raymond R Brock Jr Hall at NNI.

Boley to Lead Municipal Region: Smithville Mayor Damien Boley has been chosen to lead the West Gate Region of the Missouri Municipal League as the President.  Serving on the MML Board of Directors, Mayor Boley is also the Treasurer of the Mid-America Regional Council Board.

Mental Health Hotline: Governor Mike Parson announced the launching of a Statewide 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline this week. Help is available 24/7/365. This same infrastructure will soon be adapted to host a Statewide 911 system in case of emergencies. At this time you can’t drive across I-70 and dial 911, good luck in the Ozarks.

Civic and Legislative Affairs Committee:  Usually held the third Tuesday of each month at 7:30, your EDC’s Civic and Legislative Affairs Committee will instead continue partnering with our friends in Platte County for the Northland Transportation Committee meeting April 25th at 3PM at the Platte County Resource Center 11724 NW Plaza Circle.

No Cats and Only Five Pups: A big thank you to all who adopted every cat from Maple Woods Veterinary Technology Program. They are down to five dogs. You can meet your new best friend by clicking here.

Coffee Connect: Thinking of going into business for yourself? This Wednesday come and hear how Paul “Hoss” Devine started Automotive Innovations. Networking begins at 7:45 with the presentation from 8-9AM. Bring your business cards and join us at the North Kansas City iWerx Building 1520 Clay St. in North Kansas City.

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

Tomorrow: Care Givers on the Homefront’s Art on the Homefront 4-15 12:30-4:30 Macken Park NKC

Tomorrow: Excelsior Spring’s Chamber Third Saturday Wine Tour April 15th 10AM 

Tomorrow: North Kansas City’s Pub Crawl Apr 15th 12-5PM

This Week: North Kansas City’s Screenland Armour Theatre  hosting Panic Fest until 4- 19

This Week: Historic Downtown Liberty’s Girls Night Out Apr 20th 4-8PM

Kearney Enrichment Council’s Boots & Bling Apr 21st 6-10 at Heritage Hall

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

North Kansas City’s Friday Night Concert May 12th 6-9PM  Macken Park –Goddesses of Rock

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).

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.

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.

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.

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 or by downloading the NFL OnePass app at

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 6.506% for ten years, 6.410% for 20 years and 6.320% 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

Julie Lewis, Business Specialist

Ethen Pineda, Loan Officer

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

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