Friday Facts: February 16
Friday Facts

Clay County Economic Development Council’s

Friday Facts

By David Slater, Executive Director

It’s All of UsFrom Olathe to Kearney we celebrated our Chiefs’ Championship and landing the 2026 World Cup. We are Kansas City. The tragedy at the parade was all of us too. The murder of Lisa Lopez-Galvan was horrific and made worldwide news. She was the fourth murder victim in Kansas City this week, the others not getting past local news that has numbed us to the point where we just wait for the next story. What we witnessed Wednesday in our 2.2-million-person Metro is all too common in certain zip codes. We have to get better. The world does not see us as individual zip codes, cities or counties, but Kansas City. If early information is correct, two of the shooters were teens and a 60-inch semiautomatic weapon was recovered. The child carrying that gun did nothing illegal until he pulled the trigger. Think about that for a minute. A huge thank you to all of our first responders. Your ability to run towards danger while others run from it is a trait not many of us have. 22 other victims, half under 16, are alive because of you and the doctors and nurses just doing what you do.

3-Peat? In the 58-year history of the Super Bowl there has never been a 3-Peat. Only one team has that shot next year. Until this year, no quarterback had ever started more than three Super Bowls before age 30…Patrick Mahomes is 28. Five Chiefs have played in all six of their consecutive AFC Championship games…Mahomes and Travis Kelce on offense, Chris Jones on defense and specialists Harrison Butker and James Winchester.

Director Wanted: Midwest Small Business Finance, the lending arm of your EDC, is looking for a Director that has experience in Corporate Governance. Corporate Governance refers to strategic operations of a corporation which differs from day-to-day management and operational activities. For example, strategic planning, stakeholder/shareholder communications, talent management, enterprise risk management and board oversight activities for a corporation. You would become a part of a Board that meets quarterly over lunch for about 90 minutes. The SBA requires a Board with diverse backgrounds so you would not have to have experience in lending as those slots are filled with Directors in that area of expertise. Please call us for more information.

Membership Rates: Your EDC Board of Directors voted unanimously to increase our membership rates to bring us more inline with other area EDCs. They also authorized benefits for each level in accordance with our new strategic plan. If you are a current member, you will be invoiced at the current rate. The increase will be for 2025 and new members joining your EDC this year. Here is the new information. If you are a current member you have not received your 2024 membership invoice as we are implementing a new Customer Relationship Management software. Unless requested we will invoice you in the next 60 days. Please call me with any questions or concerns.

Kearney Career Fair: Kearney High School is hosting a Hiring Fair on Wednesday, March 13th, from 12:40-1:55 PM (setup can begin at 12:15). All students in grades 10-12 will rotate through the fair and they are seeking companies who are looking for part-time summer help as well as companies seeking seniors for full-time positions. If interested in attending, please complete the form here. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to Stacy at if you have any questions.

Coffee Connect: The 1916 in Holland 1916 comes from the year they were founded. Come hear how this over a century old company has nurtured the seeds of change to produce identification branding in both nameplates and now membrane switches, touchscreens and more at this Wednesday’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 Holland 1916 at 1300 Burlington, North Kansas City, MO.

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

Tonight: Find a Friday night fish fry through March 22nd  

This Weekend: Smithville High School presents Something Rotten Feb 16th 17th7PM at the Performing Arts Center

This Weekend: Excelsior Springs Slightly Off Broadway Theatre presents Country Style III Feb 16th, 17th, 23rd-25th and Mar 1st-3rd

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

Liberty Hospital’s 50th anniversary celebration Feb 22nd 4-6PM Medical Plaza East Bridge

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

Liberty Community Chorus presents The Music of Karl Jenkins Feb 24th7:30PM 

Co-Op at Shoal Creek open house Feb 27th 5-7PM at Shoal Creek Community Church

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.

Community Foundation of Northwest Missouri presents Cornhole Edition Feb 29th 6-9PM at the Hy-Vee Arena

Liberty Education Foundation’s Education Uncorked Mar 2nd 7PM at Yates-Gill College Union at William Jewell

Snake Saturday’s Grand Marshal Hooley at Harrah’s VooDoo Lounge March 7th at 6PM

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

Gladstone Rotary’s Stacks for Students Pancake Breakfast Mar 16th 7:30-10:30AM 8029 N Oak

North Kansas City’s the 40th Annual Snake Saturday Parade Mar 16th 11AM

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.

Business Bootcamp: Mid-Continent Public Library and your EDC will partner for a Business Bootcamp March 7th from 8AM to noon at the Woodneath Library Center. Business basics, artificial intelligence and social media will all be discussed. Reserve your spot by clicking here.

Fentanyl Prevention: The Kansas City Regional Police Academy located at 6885 NE Pleasant Valley Road will host a “Fentanyl and Norcan Prevention Through Education” seminar February 22nd at 6PM. The public is encouraged to attend.

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

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 join a committee, or to invest with us.

Thanks, from your friends at the Clay County EDC

David Slater, Executive Director

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

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