By David Slater, Executive Director
Pleasant Valley Pride: Andrew Helmick opened Pride Fitness in Pleasant Valley just a few months ago. This week he had a signing ceremony for 14 of his student athletes. Seven will be attending Division I Universities to play baseball. The seven others will play college ball in other divisions. All of these young men played for the Kansas City Royals’ scout team the past two years. Anyone on your Christmas list with some baseball chops?
New Partner Tour: Tony Phillips, Director of Business for Liberty Hospital and a Board Member of your EDC, invited Clay County Presiding Commissioner Jerry Nolte and your EDC for a tour of the University of Kansas Health System that recently partnered with Liberty Hospital. Their President and CEO, Bob Page and Kansas City Division President Tammy Peterman addressed the dozen guests from around the Metro before we were given a tour of their neonatal facility, burn unit and emergency room. As your EDC we feel it is our opportunity to make sure that our current hospitals continue to grow while working with UKHS to consider Clay County as they expand their campus. What they are doing in cancer research is amazing.
Swing Hard: Kansas City Area Development Council President and CEO Tim Cowden invited your EDC to attend their annual meeting luncheon yesterday. Seated at our table was Katherine Holland, Executive Director, KC2026. It is her job to make sure the World Cup is a once in a lifetime experience for Kansas City. Whomever made that pick aced it. The keynote speaker was Jesse Cole the owner of the Savannah Bananas. His first baseball memory was of his dad telling him, as he approached the plate in t-ball, to “swing hard in case you hit it.” That one sentence defines what is happening in our County. No one gives us a chance with the Royals…we’ll see. The first banker I approached with the 587 Project told me the area would be good for a housing development…we’ll see. The Northland Workforce Development Center is a dream…we’ll see. There are so many things happening right now and leaders in our County are swinging hard in case we hit it.
Keystone Awards: We will begin selling tickets to our December 14th Keystone Awards luncheon next week. The awards are given based on public investment with a significant impact on the economy of Clay County. Special Recognition Awards will be given for public or public/private projects that have a significant impact on our economy and/or quality of life. More details will follow but please save the date for lunch. Our Look North luncheon drew over 300 people who make a difference in our County and you’ll want to be able to network with these leaders.
Coffee Connect: There will be no Coffee Connect this week due to Thanksgiving.
Fun Things To Do in Clay: Your EDC’s Friday Facts is your go-to read to see what is happening in our County.
Today: Gladstone’s new Police Department ribbon cutting Nov 17th 10AM at City Hall
Today: Mid-Continent Public Library’s rebuilt North Oak Branch dedication Nov 17th 9AM 8700 N Oak Trfy
This Weekend: Kearney High School presents The Little Mermaid Nov 17th and 18th
Tomorrow: Excelsior Springs’ Christmas Kick Off Celebration Nov 18th 10AM-10PM downtown Excelsior
Tomorrow: North Kansas City’s Mistletowne Market Nov 18th 6PM and 19th 10AM-4PM
Tomorrow: Excelsior Springs Chamber’s Third Saturday Wine Tours Nov 18th 10:30-5
Tomorrow thru Dec 25th: Excelsior Springs Lane of Lights 5:30-9PM on Lover’s Lane
This Week: Liberty High School Exit 1-6 Improv Performance Nov 21st
This Week: Liberty North High School BBFP Improv Performance Nov 21st
North Kansa City’s Mayor’s Tree Lighting Dec 1st 4-5:30PM
Smithville’s CandyLand Christmas Dec 2nd 1-5:30PM with Mayor’s Christmas tree lighting at 6
Kearney’s Magical Night Dec 9th 6-9PM downtown Kearney presented by Kearney Enrichment Council
Excelsior Springs’ Cocktails & Candy Canes Dec 9th noon-5PM in Downtown Excelsior
Visit Clay New Website: Clay County’s Tourism and Marketing Coordinator Megan Sahlfeld has updated the. Find things to do, places to stay and what’s new. If your event is not listed contact Megan at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also follow on Facebook.
Click on the high school of your choice to see their calendar of events. Excelsior Springs, Kearney, Smithville, Liberty, Liberty North, North Kansas City, Winnetonka, Oak Park, Staley, Oakhill Day School, St. Pius , Northland Christian, Lawson and Platte County R-3 (yes, part of their district is in Clay County).
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 7.614% for ten years, 7.061% for 20 years and 6.989% for 25 years. Please contact us with any questions. You can read about upcoming SBA trainings and get more informationabout 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.
David Slater, Executive Director email@example.com
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