Friday Facts: June 30
Friday Facts

ESPD Shot Officer Returns: Our friends at Kearney’s KPGZ 102.7FM report that after 21 doctor visits, 5 surgeries, 55 days of physical therapy, and passing all of the necessary return to work tests, that 24 year old Officer Andrew Stott has returned to full-time duty with the Excelsior Springs Police Department; nearly 9 months to the day that he was shot in the line of duty. Read more here.

Congratulations to Mayor Lucas: Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas won an uncontested (just because there was another name on the ballot does not mean he had an opponent) second four-year term as Kansas City’s Mayor. He also earned, in his own words, what could be the most progressive council in the City’s history. 10.52% of Clay Countians registered voters went to the polls. City Council In-District winners were 1st Nathan Willett, 2nd Wes Rogers, 3rd Melissa Robinson, 4th Eric Bunch, 5thRyana Parks-Shaw and 6th Johnathan Duncan. At-Large winners were 1st Kevin O’Neill, 2nd Lindsay French, 3rd Melissa Patterson Hazley, 4th Crispin Rea, 5th Darrell Curls and 6th Andrea Bough.

Ethel Adopted a Family: In the April 6th Friday Facts we shared the cats and dogs available for adoption at the MCC Maple Woods Vet Tech facility. The cats went quickly as did about half the dogs. Within a month it was only Ethel. No longer. Ethel has a new family and your EDC could not be happier. We have asked for a family picture.

Nextgen Leaders: Each year the Kansas City Business Journal lists their Nextgen Leaders. Your EDC is proud of our partners receiving the honor. Congratulations to Pat Contreas Vice President of McCownGrordon Construction, Chad Dumas Senior Vice President ReeceNichols Real Estate, Drew Eanes Senior Client Solutions Manager at JE Dunn Construction, Gena Fitzgerald Vice President Supply Chain at Children’s Mercy Hospital, Aaron Schmidt Senior Vice President of Development and Construction for Hunt Midwest, PJ Thompson CFO of Country Club Bank and Samantha Werner Senior Vice President Market Manager for Commerce Bank.

Weekend Day Trips in Clay: This week let’s just take a tour of our County and watch the fireworks. Starting July 1st in Smithville you can join the festivities beginning at 6PM at 17201 Paradesian St. You can enjoy a meal at any of their fine restaurants beforehand. Monday night the fireworks will be in Kearney at The Amphitheater where you can listen to Kansas City Groove Therapy. Of course Kearney has a lot of fun places to visit and dine so why not make a day of it? Also on Monday it is time to head to Liberty’s Cap Fed Sports Complex for Liberty Fest fireworks and find a meal or two as you enjoy their amenities. On the Fourth you can spend the day in Excelsior SpringsGladstone or Worlds of Fun before catching their shows. As always, you can find more details and events at the bottom of our letter.

Kearney’s New Toys: There will be two new toy displays to view at the Kearney Historic Museum this summer! One with vintage and antique dolls and the other with vintage and antique transportation toys. The museum is open on Fridays & Saturdays from 10-2 at 101 South Jefferson, by the water fountain. Admission is free so stop by and check it out! Might want to enjoy lunch at one of Kearney’s fine establishments.

Great Outdoor Pictures: The July edition of the Missouri Conservationist is online and ready for viewing. Some of the best photography and information you’ll see is a click away. Northland leader and former Kansas City Parks Director Mark McHenry is one of the four conservation commissioners.

Coffee Connect: No Coffee Connect this week due to the Holiday.

Things To Do in Clay: Your EDC’s Friday Facts is your go-to read to see what is happening in our County.  

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

This Weekend: Gladstone Theatre in the Park features Sister Act June 30th, July 1st & 2nd 8PM at the Gladstone Amphitheater

This Week: Kearney Amphitheater presents Kansas City Groove Therapy July 3rd at 7:30PM

This Week: Liberty Fest July 3rd 6-10PM at the Capital Federal Sports Complex 2200 Old State Hwy 210

Gladstones Linden Square presents One Night Stand July 7th 7PM

Kearney’s Second Saturdays July 8th

Historic Downtown Liberty’s presents KC Wide Open Block Party July 8th

Northland Neighborhoods Inc’s Muffins & a Movie presents Blackberry July 12th at 9AM 816-454-2000

NKC’s Friday Night Concert July 14th 5:30 with Scotty & Deann and Carl Worden Band at Macken Park

Gladstones Linden Square presents Switch July 14th 7PM

Excelsior Springs Chamber’s Third Saturday Wine Tours July 15th 10:30-5

Liberty’s Popcorn in the Park July 28th 6PM at Liberty Community Center featuring Puss in Boots: The Last Wish

North Kansas City’s Movie in the Park July 28th 9PM featuring Puss in Boots: The Last Wish at Macken Park

Excelsior Springs’ Slightly off-Broadway Theatre presents Bye, Bye Birdie July 28th & 29th

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).

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. KearneyLawsonSmithvilleGladstoneLibertyDowntown Liberty and Excelsior Springs. Simply click on the location for more information.

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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