Friday Facts: June 9
Friday Facts

Northland State Champions: Congratulations to Liberty North for winning the state championship for both ladies’ soccer and baseball. Kearney won the title in softball. Liberty North also won the boys 4×400. Matthew Morrison of Liberty North won the javelin. Jayce Farrell of Smithville won the discus. 

Planning and Development 6-20-23: MoDOT is looking forward to talking with ClayCounty EDC members and supporters on June 20th at 7:30 a.m. about the I-29/I-35/U.S. 169 PEL study. They will present the findings and recommendations of the study prior to submittal to the Federal Highway Administration at the end of June. This is the final opportunity to view and ask questions about this portion of the study before it moves to the next phase. Invite a friend, as this study involves everyone who works, lives and travels through the Northland.

Farmers’ Markets: It’s that time of the year when the farmers’ markets start popping up. Here are the ones your EDC found in Clay County. LawsonSmithvilleGladstoneLibertyDowntown Liberty and Excelsior Springs. Simply click on the location for more information.

Weekend Day Trips in Clay: This week let’s take a visit to Excelsior Springs and their Hall of Waters Museum. Built as a Works Progress Administration project in 1936 for $1 million, it was a distribution point for minerals waters. The building now doubles as both their City Hall and Visitors’ Center. The spring waters were said to be healing and people came from miles around to find a cure for everything from sores to tuberculosis to polio. The springs that produced a reddish water were first discovered in 1880 and changed the area from a wheat field to a city. The baths, separate for the men and women, would hold 300 people at a time. Get more information by clicking here. While in the neighborhood, take the time to walk their historic downtown including the Elms Hotel. 

Coffee Connect: This week we are going to hear from Michael Carmona from KC SourceLink on how to create your own startup business. Come if you are curious, needing assistance or just want to see other options. We will be gathering at the North Kansas City iWerx 1520 Clay Street at 7:45 for networking with the presentation at 8AM.

Ethel is Still Homeless: Maple Woods Vet Tech School still has not found a home for Ethel. You can meet your new best friend by clicking 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 

Tonight: North Kansas City’s Friday Night Concert June 9th 5:30 Dropkick Mollies & Selekto at Macken Park

Tonight Gladstones Linden Square presents Platinum Express June 9th 7PM

This Weekend: Excelsior Springs’ Slightly off Broadway Theatre  Twelve Angry Men June 9-10-11

This Weekend: Clay County African American Legacy Inc’s 27th Annual Juneteenth Celebration June 9th and 10th

This Weekend: North Kansas City’s Arts in the Park June 9th and 10th at Macken Park

Tomorrow: Kearney’s Second Saturdays June 10th .

This Week: Oakhill Day School’s Helen Willis Golf Tournament June 12-8AM Staley Farms Golf Club

This Week: Liberty’s Summer Band Concert June 13th 27th – July 2nd 7:30PM Rooney Justice Center 11 S Water

This Week: Smithville’s Art in the Park Jun 14th 10AM at Heritage Park Shelter House

Liberty’s Popcorn in the Park June 16th 6PM –Bennett Park Baseball Field featuring Minions: The Rise of Gru

Smithville Lake Festival June 16th 5-11PM and June 17th 10AM-11PM Downtown Smithville

Kearney’s Shop With a Cop Golf Tournament Jun 17th 9AM MarMack Golf Complex

Kearney Amphitheater presents Shooting Star and Missouri June 17th at 7PM

Excelsior Springs Chamber’s Third Saturday Wine Tours June 17th 10:30-5

Historic Downtown Liberty Girls Night Out, June 21st 4:00 to 8:00PM

Excelsior Springs’ Waterfest June 23rd and 24th downtown 2-10PM

Smithville’s Movie at the Courtyard June 24th at 6PM movie to be announced

Northland Therapeutic Riding Centers’ Aim for Abilities Trap Shoot Jun 24th 9AM-1PM Smithville Lake

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).

Clay County Juneteenth: Come Join the 27th Annual Clay County Juneteenth Freedom Celebration on June 9th & 10th hosted by the Clay County African American legacy Inc. on the Historic Downtown Liberty Square and at Garrison School Cultural Center. This two-day celebration of history and culture will begin at 10:00 am. on Friday morning with trolley tours of over 10 historic African American sites and monuments in Liberty, with local tour guides Dr. Cecelia Robinson, city councilmen Shelton Ponder and Harold Phillips portraying 19th Century Liberty pioneers. The two trolleys will load from the Liberty Fire Station located on the corner of Mississippi and Prairie Street. Tours are $20.00 and will be sold on a first come, first serve basis with one morning tour and one afternoon tour: 10:00-12:00 am and 1:00-3:00 pm. Friday evening events at Garrison will include guest speakers, food trucks and musical entertainment by local DJ, Kent Houston. 

Saturday morning events will begin at 10:30 am with a ribbon cutting and dedication of a permanent exhibit room in honor of Clay County African American Veterans followed by a skit on the life of Underground Railroad Conductor Harriet Tubman, starring Kansas City Actor Shirley Johnson. Afternoon events will feature a Community Parade from Garrison Cultural Center on Main Street to the Historic Liberty Square for live entertainment: Concert with rapper, singer, and song writer Krizz Kalicko, and J.J. and the Old School Blues Band, Prose and Poetry, Juneteenth history, Step Show, Martika Daniel’s One-Woman Carnival Show, and a Beer Garden at La Costa Mexican Restaurant. 

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 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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