Friday Facts: December 15
Friday Facts

Keystone Awards: Thank you to everyone who attended your EDC’s Keystone Awards/Annual Meeting yesterday at Harrah’s. Ford Motor Company was our Platinum Sponsor joining Silver Sponsors Liberty HospitalCurry Real Estate Services, The Full Employment Council and McCownGordon.  The Keystone Awards were given based on public investment with a significant impact on the economy of Clay County. Recipients were Hunt Midwest Business Center Logistics IV and VHarmony Hill Animal HospitalStarbucksTractor SupplyOpus DevelopmentUS Motor Works and Pride Fitness. Special Recognition Awards were given for public or public/private projects that have a significant impact on our economy and/or quality of life. Those honored were the Hall of Waters, the Gladstone Police Headquarters, the 19th Street Kearney InterchangeKearney’s Pickleball and Skate ParkKearney School District improvements, the Armour Road Complete Street ProjectChapel Hill Elementary SchoolSmithville Streetscape Phase II and their Main Street Trail. A special Royal Award was given to the Oxbow Apartments for their assistance in bringing Major League Baseball to Clay County.

Santa at 60: Saturday marks the 60th year that the Pleasant Valley kids will have Santa come by their homes on a firetruck. Using donations and money raised by their association, Pleasant Valley firefighters will be passing out bags of candy and a stuffed animal donated by PetSmart as they chauffeur Santa around PV and Glenaire where they provide fire service.

NKC Hospital Ranked: North Kansas City Hospital and Meritas Health is again among U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals for Maternity Care, earning a rating of “High Performing in Maternity Care (Uncomplicated Pregnancy)” for 2024. This is the second consecutive year NKCH and MH has received U.S. News’ highest award for maternity care. The official release is available by clicking here.

Only One Pup Left: We can’t let Chloe spend the holidays alone. All the other pups have found a home. The MCC Maple Woods Vet Tech Program’s pet adoption pups are rescued from local shelters throughout the Kansas City area. In this program, they update all dogs and cats with vaccinations, a spay or neuter, full dental cleaning, preventative care and socialize them to be the perfect pet for your home. 

Coffee Connect: This Wednesday we will be meeting as a small leadership committee to assimilate all the ideas presented in the past two weeks. Thank you so much and we look forward to gathering again very soon.

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: Harrah’s presents Stratgazers VooDoo Christmas Dec 15th 7-11:30 PM at the VooDoo Lounge

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

Tomorrow:  Excelsior Springs Community Center’s Holiday in Whoville Dec 16th9:30-11:30AM

New Year’s Eve at Harrah’s featuring DJ Ashton Martin and Dolewhite at the VooDoo Lounge Dec 31st 7:30PM-1AM

Downtown Excelsior Springs’ 18th Annual Chocolate Tour Feb 4th 11AM-5PM (this sells out fast)

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.

Trader Joe’s: Vote for a Trader Joe’s by clicking this link and please share..

Zambezi Zinger # 1: Vote for Worlds of Fun’s Zambezi Zinger every 12 hours 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 msahlfeld@claycountymo.gov. 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 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 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 davids@clayedc.com

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

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