Friday Facts: July 14
Friday Facts

Members of the Corridor: Last year your EDC’s Board of Directors made the strategic decision to join the Kansas City Area Development Council. Having access to their resources is paying great dividends to our County. The latest finally puts Clay County into the Animal Health Corridor which stretches from Columbia, Missouri to Manhattan, Kansas with a bump up to St. Jospeh. We had been skipped over until now. Under the direction of President and CEO Tim Cowden with Kimberly Young, President of the KC Animal Health Corridor and project leader Emily McVey Vice President KC Animal Health Corridor we are now the North American Headquarters for Felixvet, an international Pharmaceutical Company. Your EDC, in partnership with the KCADC, has plenty of quality office space to help us continue to be a factor in the Animal Health Corridor. Read more about Felixvet here.

Cramers to Ring Out the NYSE: Northland leaders Dawn and Bruce Cramer of Cramer Capital Management have been selected to ring the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange this afternoon at 3PM CDT. Dawn is the Vice President of the Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners and Bruce serves as the Secretary of your EDC’s Board of Directors. The Cramers recently relocated their business to Smithville. While ringing the bell sounds simple, it is a great honor.

Building Partnerships in the Northland: Northland leaders Metropolitan Community College Maple Woods President Dr. Larry Rideaux, Platte County R3 Superintendent Dr. Jay Harris and Northland Workforce Development Center’s Brian Noller penned a piece for Diverse Magazine on how working together, educational institutions can create more accessible and effective pathways to enter high-demand career fields. Read the article here.

Dr. Berghoff Named Medical Staff President: North Kansas City Hospital has named Keenan Berghoff, MD, medical staff president. Dr. Berghoff is the hospital’s director of Bariatric Surgery, a bariatric surgeon with the Total Weight Loss Center and a surgeon with Meritas Health Comprehensive Surgery. He will act as a liaison between the medical staff and the hospital’s administration, chair the Medical Executive Committee and provide leadership to his colleagues. Read more here.

Weekend Day Trips in Clay: This week let’s go to the Jesse James Farm in Kearney to see where the famous outlaw was born. Located at 21216 Jesse James Farm Road, the farm charges a small admission and is open 9AM-4-PM daily through August. Visitors can see the exhibit with regular admission to the museum, which includes a guided tour through the James Farm cabin, interpretive film and a self-guided tour of three museum galleries.  The Friends of the James Farm hosts a variety of events including Old West Revolver Shoots, a Writers Conference and annual Friends of the James Farm Reunion. James, along with his brother Frank, were American outlaws, bank and train robbers, Civil War guerrillas and leaders of the James–Younger Gang.

School Vaccinations: School vaccinations will be available at the KCMO Health Clinic at Northland Neighborhoods Inc.’s walk-in-clinic July 22nd from 9AM-1PM and August 10th from 2-7PM. If you would like to make an appointment please call 816-513-6108. NNI is located at 53410 NE Chouteau Trafficway.

Linking Jewell: Construction has started on William Jewell’s Link Project, a transformation of physical space providing dynamic and rich experiences for all people who live or work on campus or visit The Hill. Read more about the project by clicking here.

Coffee Connect: This Wednesday we are going to hear the story of Frank Scimeca and Toni Bonadonna about being fourth generation leaders of Scimeca’s Online Market & Deli. Your EDC is hoping the presentation lasts until lunchtime instead of ending at 9AM. We’ll meet at the shop at 1611 Swift Street in North Kansas City. Networking begins at 7:45 with the presentation at 8.

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

Daily: Worlds of Fun continues their 50th anniversary with their 50 Nights of Fire through August 12th.

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

Tonight: Gladstones Linden Square presents Switch July 14th 7PM

Postponed: Smithville’s Whiskey Walk and Summer Bash 2023 July 15th 3-7PM 107 E Main St.

Tomorrow: Historic Downtown Liberty’s presents Beer Crawl July 15th 1-5PM

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

Tomorrow: Gladstones Linden Square presents JAM-Michael Jackson and Bruno Mars Tribute Band July 15th 7PM

Tomorrow: Screenland Armour Theatre’s outdoor movie this Saturday is Hot Rod

This week: Multi Chamber After Hours Networking July 18th 4-6PM at Conrad’s in Liberty

Briarcliff Business Partners Alliance’s The Best Bite July 21st 4:30-8:30PM The Royal Room at Briarcliff Village

Gladstone’s Linden Square presents Brass Rewind July 21st 7PM

Gladstones Linden Square presents Puss in Boots: The Last Wish July 22nd 7:45PM

Northland Chamber’s Golf Tournament July 26th 8AM at Paradise Pointe Golf Complex in Smithville

Historic Downtown Liberty’s presents Girls Night Out July 27th 4-8PM

BITS Bull Riding in Kearney July 28th & 29th at the Jesse James Farm 5PM

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

Gladstone Theatre in the Park features Cinderella Aug 4th-6th 8PM at the Gladstone Amphitheater

Liberty Parks & Rec Foundation’s 11th annual Tee It Up Fore Parks golf tournament at WinsterStone Golf Course August 11th at 8AM

Kearney’s Second Saturdays August 12th

Kearney Amphitheater presents The Phil Collins Experience Aug 19th at 7:30PM

Excelsior Springs Chamber’s Third Saturday Wine Tours  August 19th 10:30-5

Click on the high school of your choice to see their calendar of events. Excelsior SpringsKearneySmithvilleLiberty, Liberty NorthNorth Kansas CityWinnetonkaOak ParkStaleySt. Pius Northland 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 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

Karina Guzman, Loan Officer,

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

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