Friday Facts: January 12

Tough Loss Probably? The Kansas City Royals have decided that their first choice for a new stadium location will be downtown Kansas City. While nobody likes to lose, we have to remember that North Kansas City came in second of the original list of 14 sites. We have no reason to hang our heads as both the City and County created an offer that matched what the Royals were asking for. We have the juice. If somehow there is a fumble, North Kansas City will be there to pick it up but your EDC is very pleased that the team will remain in Missouri. We’ll waive the white flag after the vote in April. The publicity we received from this adventure was very much worth the effort.

Split Funding: As any Northlander knows, the interchange of I-35, I-29 and 169 Highway is a real problem.  The first issue with fixing it right is the price of $407 million. The second is that we are not on the project list of the five-year, $13.9 billion STP that is available for Missouri highways and bridges due to COVID and the Biden Administration’s Build Back America Plan. Typically the State receives about $1.5 to $2 billion dollars a year. Your EDC noticed a concern with the funding and wrote the two MoDOT Commissioners from the area, both friends of your EDC, and asked how this project was missed as well as all the priority projects of the Mid-America Regional Council. After asking groups individually for months, our letter copied in our Northland State Senators as well as MARC and MoDOT officials. Someone has the answer. This is not the first time we stepped into this project. The initial engineering study showed that you had to slow down to 52 miles an hour during rush hour. Knowing that a plan like that would never be funded, your EDC asked for a Northlander who actually drove it to be put on that study team…the plan changed.

Deputies Take Down Drug House: This week Clay County Sheriff Will Akin and his team took down a drug house that had enough fentanyl to kill 52,200 people. You can read more here. Anyone think that County Prosecutor Zach Thomson will just slap them on the wrist?

Excelsior Legend: If you have been around Excelsior Springs for the last 65 years you would have had to hear of Coach Vic Bonuchi. Inducted in both the William Jewell and Missouri Sports Hall of Fames in 2023, Coach had already been honored in both the Missouri Coaches and the Excelsior Springs Hall of Fames. The field at Tiger Stadium bears his name. We’ll let our friends at the Excelsior Springs Standard tell you about naming a section of US 69 Highwayafter the legend.

Dr. Daniels Calls HerFirstSnowDay: The hammer has been put down. Your EDC challenges any of our Northland Superintendents to call a snow day the way North Kansas City School District Superintendent Dr. Rochel Daniels did this week. Headline bundling intentional.

Zinger #5: Thank you to everyone who voted for Worlds of Fun’s Zambezi Zinger in the USA Today’s best new theme park attraction competition. Whether you voted or not, click here and scroll just a bit to shake off the cold with a ride on the Zinger.

Coffee Connect: Ready to feel like a kid again? Come join us and listen to Jack Fry of Fry and Associates tell us how his family has been selling, installing and auditing playground equipment for two generations as he presents at this week’s Coffee Connect. Join us for free coffee and networking at 7:45 AM with the one-hour program beginning at 8AM. This week we will be at Fry and Associates, 101 E 15th Avenue in North Kansas City.

Get Outside: Any nature lover will tell you now is the best time to hike in the woods. Snakes and poison ivy are dormant. Views don’t compete with vegetation. It gets you off the couch. Here is the latest Missouri Conservationist Magazine to give you some ideas.

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

Historic Downtown Liberty presents First Thursday Feb 1st until 8PM.

Downtown Excelsior Springs’ 18th Annual Chocolate Tour Feb 3rd 11AM-5PM

Kearney Enrichment Council’s Wine & Chocolate Tour Feb 10th 4-7PM

Historic Downtown Liberty presents Let’s Wine About Winter Feb 17th 1-5PM

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.

Puzzles For Inmates: Busy inmates are safe inmates, which is why the Clay County Sheriff’s Office is collecting card games and jigsaw puzzles for the Detention Center throughout the month of January. “The community responded so overwhelmingly to the first-ever paperback book and puzzle drive we did for the jail in January 2022, that when new needs arose, we decided to ask them for help again,” Sheriff Will Akin said.  Items can be dropped off any time in the Sheriff’s Office lobby at 12 S. Water Street, Liberty, Mo., through Jan. 31. Any organization or business that also would like to serve as a drop-off location can contact them…

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.govYou 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 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.

Thanks, from your friends at the Clay County EDC

David Slater, Executive Director davids@clayedc.com

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

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