Friday Facts: February 2
Friday Facts

Clay County Economic Development Council’s

Friday Facts

By David Slater, Executive Director

Mack Porter Passes: 1995 Look North Award winner Mack Porter peacefully passed away last Saturday at the age of 96. Mack and his wife Mary Helen founded Kearney Lumber Company in 1952, beginning what is now a third-generation difference making career in the Northland. The visitation was yesterday but the service is today at 10AM at the First United Methodist Church  1000 E State Route 92 in Kearney. You can read the obituary here.

Here We Go: As always the events fall off after New Years through January. Your EDC hopes you were able to take in some high school activities and will continue to do so. That said, you have a chance to visit three different Clay County cities for Saturday wine events for the next couple of weeks beginning tomorrow. February 24th is still open so if a non-profit wants to have a fundraiser that will be fun on the 24th let us know and we’ll help promote it.

Snake Saturday Celebration Begins: While Snake Saturday is not until March 10th things get rolling with the Grand Marshal Hooley at Harrah’s VooDoo Lounge March 7th. For more information on the 40th Annual Snake Saturday Parade click here.

NKC Hospital Elite: North Kansas City Hospital and Meritas Health has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Advanced Certification in Perinatal Care. The health system earned this prestigious honor through continuous compliance with Joint Commission performance standards to provide safe and quality care for pregnant patients. Read more here.

Green Tie Affair: Smithville High School’s Green Tie Affair is for their students to show off their entrepreneurial skills. They are looking for volunteers to provide feedback on March 14th 8-11AM. For more information or to participate click here.

Harvey’s Last Cut: If you live in the Liberty area there is a pretty good chance you got your hair cut at Harvey’s Barber Shop. Harvey Seely, the Liberty Constable passed last week. Read his obituary here.

Coffee Connect: Did you ever wonder how Charles Garney started what is today a billion-dollar, 100% employee-owned company headquartered in North Kansas City? How he visioned Briarcliff while others just saw a rock quarry? Garney executives will tell the story 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 Garney Construction 1700 Swift, North Kansas City, MO where a warehouse was turned into Class A office space.

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

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

This Week: Northland Career Center’s student-catered informational breakfast Feb 6th8AM at NCC. Learn about the new Northland Workforce Development Center

Kearney Enrichment Council’s Wine and Chocolate Tour Feb 10th 4-7PM in downtown Kearney

Smithville Chamber’s 3rd Annual Fat Tuesday Crawfish Boil Feb 13th 5-9 at the American Legion Post 58

Find a Friday night fish fry beginning February 16th

Excelsior Springs Slightly Off Broadway Theatre presents Country Style III Feb 16th7th, 23rd

25th & Mar 1st-3rd

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

Elton Dan and the Rocket Band Feb 24th 7:30 at Harrah’s VooDoo Lounge

Smithville Chamber of Commerce presents the Smithville Community Awards. Feb 29th at 6PM at White Iron Event Center

Mid-Continent Public Library presents TikTok for Business Feb 29th 5:30-6:30PM. Click here to register.

Historic Downtown Liberty presents First Thursday Mar 7th until 8PM.

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.

Liberty North Workforce Development: Liberty Public Schools’ North Nation by Design will host mock interviews for their high school students at Liberty North High School on Wednesday, March 13 from 9:00 am – 11:00 am. They need your help and expertise! With over 120 students expected to participate, they are hoping to gather as many interviewers as possible. They will provide you with all the information you need to interview when you arrive, so there is no preparation needed on your part. During this same time, they will also host job interviews for any local companies looking to hire high school students. If you would like to participate in the mock interviews, job interviews or both please click here to sign-up.

Literary Love: Our friends at the Mid-Continent Public Library are sponsoring a winter reading challenge January 15th through March 15th. The goal is to read five books in this period. While the project suggests celebrating romance in bloom as the theme, any books will do. For more information click 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

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 7.085% for ten years, 6.909% for 20 years and 6.801% for 25 years. Please contact us with any questions. 

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 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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