Friday Facts: December 1
Friday Facts

Trader Joe’s: Yes, we are back with this. Hopefully a lot of you had last Friday off and may have missed this. We don’t know exactly why but having a Trader Joe’s gives a lot of credibility in economic development so your EDC is honored to lead this effort which will benefit the entire Northland. As we quoted Jesse Cole the owner of the Savannah Bananas a couple of weeks ago we want to “swing hard in case we hit it.” If there is one retail request we hear all the time it would be to get a Trader Joe’s. They are difficult to attract and look for specific demographics. Well, here is our opportunity. Click this link to show support and share it with your fellow Northlanders. Both the 587 Project and Metro North Crossing are excellent options. Pick your own spot but please vote and share.

Zambezi Zinger # 1: But only if you vote. Worlds of Fun’s Zambezi Zinger has been nominated for Best New Theme Park Attraction in USA Today’s prestigious 10Best poll. Voting ends Monday, December 25th and the winner will be announced Friday, January 5. You are allowed to vote once every twelve hours so set your clock and click here. Virtual ride you ask? Click here and hang on.

Fortune 50 Coming to Clay: The Kansas City Business Journal reported that “McKesson Medical-Surgical’s proposed move would shift its operations north of the river, from Jackson to Clay County. It would lease the 306,556-square-foot first building in Hunt Midwest Business Center’s final phase. The expansion would create 35 new jobs and keep 194 existing positions, with annual salaries averaging $43,000. The distribution facility would serve customers in Missouri, Kansas, Illinois and Iowa.” Click here for the full story.

MOBUCK$ in Clay: Missouri State Treasurer Vivek Malek visited Clay County Monday to promote the MOBUCK$ Program with local leaders. The Missouri State Treasurer’s Officelinked deposit program invests in Missouri small business, agriculture and governmental entities. Through the program, the Office partners with qualified-lending institutions to provide low-interest loans to help grow and expand economic opportunity across Missouri. By reducing the interest rate on certain loans borrowers can use to improve their businesses, the program helps Missouri financial institutions better serve Missouri-based companies and agricultural operations. The program also provides funds for local governments to serve the interests of their constituents.

St. Lukes Merger Signed: Saint Luke’s Health System and BJC have reached an important milestone in their journey to join together as an integrated, academic and patient-centric Missouri-based health system.  On Wednesday Saint Luke’s signed a definitive agreementwith BJC, a significant step toward their vision of creating the region’s premier destination for patient care. They expect to complete the transaction on January 1, 2024. At that time, Saint Luke’s will officially join BJC, and together, operate as a single, integrated health care organization that serves two regions with a distinct brand in each: Saint Luke’s in the West, serving the Kansas City region, including eastern Kansas; and BJC HealthCare in the East, serving the St. Louis region, including southern Illinois. As a combined system of approximately $10 billion in revenue with 28 hospitals and hundreds of clinics and service centers, BJC and Saint Luke’s will extend their shared commitment to deliver high-quality, affordable patient care to the communities they serve across Missouri, southern Illinois, and eastern Kansas. Equally important, their integrated health system will advance their commitment to creating a national destination for medical education and research.

Great Pictures: Once again the Missouri Conservationist has some incredible photography in its December issue. The magazine also gives a nod to the Queen of the Northland, Anita Gorman the first woman to serve on the Conservation Commission and long-time Kansas City Parks Board member, on page 30. It also reminds us that it is Eagle Days with no better spot to watch these magnificent creatures than Eagle’s View Trailhead at Smithville Lake.

Keystone Awards: Thank you very much to Curry Real Estate Services and McCownGordon for sponsoring our Keystone Awards luncheon. Tickets and more sponsorships are now available for our December 14th Keystone Awards luncheon by clicking here. 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: This Wednesday we will continue planning the future of Coffee Connect at the North Kansas City iWerx at 1520 Clay in North Kansas City. You are the program. We want to have a roundtable discussion about what are the best features of the Northland Coffee Connect and what causes you to want to show up each week. That will lead to a discussion of what we might want to consider doing differently in 2024, if anything. Bring your best ideas and perhaps a list of potential future presenters. Networking starts at 7:45 with the program at 8AM.

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

Thru Dec 25th: Excelsior Springs Lane of Lights 5:30-9PM on Lover’s Lane

Tonight: Pleasant Valley Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting Dec 1st 6PM at Hanson Park

Tonight: Smithville’s Parks and Rec’s Candy Cane Quest Dec 1st at 6PM at Heritage Park

Tonight: North Kansa City’s Mayor’s Tree Lighting Dec 1st 4-5:30PM

Tonight: The Marshall Tucker Band at the Ameristar Casino and Hotel’s Star Pavilion Dec 1st 8:30PM

Tomorrow: Northland Breakfast Club’s Poker Tournament fundraiser Dec 2nd 3PM at the Gladstone Elks’ Club

Tomorrow: Smithville’s CandyLand Christmas Dec 2nd 1-5:30PM with Mayor’s Christmas tree lighting at 6

Tomorrow: Liberty Chamber’s Jingle Bell Bash Dec 2nd 7-10PM featuring Big Show Dueling Pianos

This Week: Historic Downtown Liberty’s Girls Night Out Dec7th

Gladstone’s Atkins-Johnson Farm & Museum presents Photos and Cookies with SantaDec 9th noon-3

Kearney’s Magical Night Dec 9th 6-9PM downtown Kearney presented by the Kearney Enrichment Council

Excelsior Springs’ Cocktails & Candy Canes Dec 9th noon-5PM in Downtown Excelsior

Excelsior Springs Chamber’s Third Saturday Wine Tours  Dec 16th 10:30-5

Clay County Comprehensive Plan: Do you have a vision for our County? The Comprehensive Plan is a long-range document that guides the County’s future growth and development, its priorities and its services. It is a road map of sorts that helps us visualize where we want to go as a county and the path to reach that destination. You can give your input by clicking here.

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 You can also follow on Facebook

Click on the high school of your choice to see their calendar of events. Excelsior SpringsKearneySmithvilleLiberty, Liberty NorthNorth Kansas CityWinnetonkaOak ParkStaleyOakhill Day SchoolSt. Pius Northland Christian, Lawson and Platte County R-3(yes, part of their district is in Clay County).

Our Mid-Continent Public Libraries offer many classes including the Square One courses onhow 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 7.872% for ten years, 7.569% for 20 years and 7.457% 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.

David Slater, Executive Director

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

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