Friday Facts: April 21
Friday Facts

Ralph Yarl: The shooting of 16-year-old Ralph Yarl last Thursday was devastating. We, nor anyone else know all of the facts. We ask you to let the judicial process take place in the courtroom and not the rumor mill. We should all be thankful that one of the most talented young men in Clay County has survived and will continue to pursue his dreams.

Bass New Saint Luke’s North CEO: Saint Luke’s North Hospital is pleased to announce that Darren Bass, DPT, FACHE, has accepted the position of CEO of Saint Luke’s North Region. Darren’s first day with Saint Luke’s will be Monday, April 24. Darren is a proven health care executive who comes to Saint Luke’s from Cox Health in Springfield, Missouri, where he serves as Vice President Clinical Services. He previously served in executive leadership positions at Cox Monett Hospital and in rehabilitation leadership roles consistent with his clinical background. He earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from Drury College in Springfield, Missouri, and his master’s degree and Doctor of Physical Therapy from Washington University in St. Louis.

Metro North Crossing Continues Boom: The 106 acre mixed-use development continues to draw unique entertainment concepts to Clay County. The home of T-Shotz has leased over 90% of their 250 luxury apartments in just eight months. They just signed a lease with Third Street Social for a 7,000 square foot restaurant in their Woodstone mixed-use project that will be open for business this Fall. Take a look from a drone’s view.

NFL Draft Plans? For the first time ever the NFL Draft will be held in Kansas City this week. If you plan to get out, we hope you do so in Clay County. Our friends at the North Kansas City Business Council have put together a brochure about events in Northtown for all three days.

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.

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

NETOWRKING – Coffee Connect:  This Wednesday come and hear how Russ Johnson and Heather Brown started their unique to the Metro wine bar. Coffee Connect will be held at Sail Away Wines, 309 Armour Road 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: 

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

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

Tomorrow: Excelsior Springs Parks & Recreation Stream Clean 9AM at the Carolyn Schutte Park

This Week:  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

Pleasant Valley Stream Clean Apr 29th 9AM. Meet at Public Works 6801 Sobbie Rd.

American Welding Society’s Annual Golf Tourney benefitting Northland Career Center 5-12 Paradise Point Golf Course

North Kansas City’s Friday Night Concert May 12th 6-9PM at Macken Park featuring 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).

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.

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 6.506% 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 davids@clayedc.com

Julie Lewis, Business Specialist juliel@clayedc.com

Ethen Pineda, Loan Officer EthenP@clayedc.com

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