Friday Facts: August 4
Friday Facts

Visit Clay New Website: Clay County’s Tourism and Marketing Coordinator Megan Sahlfeld has updated the Visit Clay website. Find things to do, places to stay and what’s new. If your event is not listed contact Megan at

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FOX 4 on the HCA Proposal: Friday Facts friend Loren Halifax did a nice piece on the proposed HCA stand-alone emergency room in the Northland which your EDC opposes. Click here to see the FOX 4 story.

Warriors’ Workforce Development Volunteers: Smithville High School is looking for volunteers to bring career experience to their students. September 22nd is their Career Day, click here for more information or to register. Would you allow a student to work beside you on a project or provide an intern opportunity? Please contact Carol Noecker at for more information.

Ag Challenges Survey: Are you connected to agriculture in Missouri or know someone who is? MOSource Link and the Green Hills Regional Planning Commission want to hear about business needs and the challenges facing those in ag so they can better help them succeed. Take the 10-minute questionnaire here:  The purpose of this survey is to develop a better understanding of business needs and challenges in the Missouri agriculture industry. Responses collected will be analyzed to see where additional business support program offerings are needed and guide regional development strategies. Additionally, we aim to make sure that businesses are aware of and can easily connect with available resources, enabling them to increase capacity and grow their businesses. 

Weekend Day Trips in Clay: This week lets visit the Excelsior Springs’ Museum and Archives located at 101 E. Broadway. The Museum & Archives houses the largest collection of Excelsior Springs artifacts and art anywhere. In recent years, several traveling exhibits have been displayed here. The building itself is a major attraction, designed by noted architect Louis Curtis as the Clay County State Bank, with a unique arched ceiling and reproductions of “The Gleaners” and “The Angelus” — considered invaluable today. Offering displays in two historic buildings, the museum gift shop has specialty items including the famous “Tripp Flag” print. Kids will enjoy playing on the replica of the Lake Maurer Special train engine. A genealogical center is also housed in the museum space. While there, take time to enjoy the tastefully redone downtown.

Missouri Conservationist: The latest online edition of The Missouri Conservationist is available by clicking here. There is a lot of pretty in our State and the photos are as great as the tips. Northland leader Mark McHenry is one of the four Commissioners.

NKC Hospital Ranked Again: U.S. News & World Report has named North Kansas City Hospital one of its 2023-24 Best Hospitals. The publication ranked NKCH third among hospitals in the Kansas City area for a fifth consecutive year. Read more here.

Coffee Connect: This Wednesday we are going to hear the story of how Amy and Sean Galloway’s interest in fermentation led to The Brewkery where they brew Lucky Elixir Kombucha.  The second Wednesday of each month we head to iWerx at 1520 Clay, North Kansas City, MO 64118. 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 50 Nights of Fire through August 12th.

Tonight: National Night Out. More details are just a couple of paragraphs away

This Weekend: Gladstone Theatre in the Park – Cinderella Aug 4th-6th 8PM Gladstone Amphitheater

Tomorrow: Screenland Armour Theatre’s outdoor movie this Saturday is The Outsiders

This Week: Liberty Parks & Rec Foundation’s 11th annual Tee It Up Fore Parks golf tournament 

This Week: Gladstone’s Theatre In the Park Golf Classic Aug 11th 8AM at Paradise Point

NKC’s Friday Night Concert August 11th 5:30 with Ain’t Misbehavin’s – Surfin’ USA at Macken Park

Gladstone’s Linden Square presents Petty Thieves August 11th 7PM

Kearney’s Second Saturdays August 12th

Gladstone’s Atkins-Johnson’s Big Shoal Farm Sunflower Field Festival Aug 12th 10-3

Kearney’s Whiskey Tasting Tour 2023 Aug 12th 5-7PM 111 E Washington St.

Liberty Community Chorus Gala Aug 16th 6-9-8PM

North Kansas City’s Movie in the Park Aug 18th 8:30PM featuring The Super Mario Brothers

Gladstone’s Linden Square presents Boogie Nights August 18th 7PM

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

Gladstone’s Atkins-Johnson’s Restoration Run Aug 19th 8AM

Gladstone’s Linden Square presents The Elders August 19th 7PM

Look North Nominations: Once a year your EDC recognizes a person who has made an invaluable contribution to economic development in Clay County with our Look North Leadership Award. Past winners are listed on our website. Criteria used in the selection process may include one or all of the following: business achievement; civic leadership; cultural contribution and/or philanthropic commitment in Clay County. Applications are available through Julie Lewis in our office at

School Vaccinations: School vaccinations will be available at the KCMO Health Clinic at Northland Neighborhoods Inc.’s walk-in-clinic 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.

High School Mentorships: Are you interested in mentoring a small group of high school juniors for one hour a month? The North Kansas City School District is currently recruiting local business and community mentor volunteers who would like to share their time and wisdom with their students. You can watch a video here. You may register here or contact Shannon C. Shelton for more information at

National Night Out: August 4th is National Night Out when citizens can meet our local law enforcement personnel. Clay County Sheriff’s Department and the Liberty Police Department will join up at the parking lot east of City Hall from 6:30-9PM. Gladstonewill have their meet and greet from 6-9PM at Happy Rock Park East 

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’ GuideOur 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.

Clay County EDC

David Slater, Executive Director

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

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