Clay County’s State of the Cities: A Year of Successes

Clay County leaders gave their updates during the 2024 State of the Cities Luncheon April 19 at Harrah’s North Kansas City. Those present included (from left) EDC Chair Kirk Davis, North Kansas City Mayor Bryant Delong, Excelsior Springs Mayor Mark Spohn, Gladstone Mayor Tina Spallo, Lawson Mayor Greg Taylor, Smithville Mayor Damien Boley, Kearney Mayor Randy Pogue, Clay County Presiding Commissioner Jerry Nolte, and Liberty Mayor Greg Canuteson. Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas was not available for this photo.

Monthly Jobs Report Shows Positive State Trends

A recent Missouri report on nonfarm employment showed an increase of 7,800 jobs in February, with the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate unchanged from January’s 3.3 percent.  State Economy Good Overall Private industry employment increased by 6,500 jobs, and government employment increased by 1,300 jobs. Over the year, there was an increase of 46,000 jobs from […]

Kearney Superintendent Earns Outstanding Performance Award

Kearney School District Superintendent Dr. Emily Miller was recently honored by the Missouri Association of School Administrators (MASA) for her outstanding performance as an Emerging Superintendent. Miller was nominated for the award by colleagues in MASA’s Greater Kansas City region. She accepted the honor during the Annual Awards Banquet at the MASA Spring Conference in […]

Ford Truck Keeps Rolling from Clay County

What a difference a decade makes! Just over 10 years ago, Ford moved production of its Escape SUV to Kentucky, and there was serious discussion of closing the Kansas City Plant in Claycomo. Nearly 5,000 workers would have been looking for jobs, and their millions in payroll would have been lost to Clay County and […]

Excelsior Springs: A First in the Nation

The City of Excelsior Springs has been named as the first Community of Excellence in the United States.  Excelsior Springs is the first community in the nation to receive silver recognition through the Communities of Excellence Assessment and Recognition Program. This is the highest level of recognition currently awarded through the program. The effort to […]

Census News Shows Clay County Growth

A recent update of Greater Kansas City’s 14-county census data shows Clay County doesn’t lead any category – but it’s easily one of the most populated areas with the highest percentage of growth. The region’s counties with the highest percentage of growth are less-populated areas like Cass County in Missouri or Miami in Kansas. That shouldn’t […]

Clay County: Data Center Hub of the Midwest

It’s now official: Google will build a billion-dollar data center in Clay County. Led by Missouri Gov. Michael Parson, area leaders recently joined for the dramatic announcement that Google is building a massive data center near Worlds of Fun. Combined with an earlier project by Meta (Facebook) for an $88 million center near I-435 and […]

Secret Weapon for Entrepreneurs: Northland Coffee Connect

For small business owners and anyone interested in local news, the best-kept secret may be the weekly Northland Coffee Connect. Sponsored by the Clay County Economic Development Council and the North Kansas City Business Council, the free event showcases local small businesses and those who support them, offering informative success stories and insights. The weekly […]

Clay County State of the Cities Set for April 19

The Clay County Economic Development Council will hold its annual State of the Cities Luncheon at Harrah’s North Kansas City April 19.  The luncheon will feature a city-by-city update of economic activity in Clay County and its communities. The event begins at 11:30 a.m. and will conclude at 1 p.m.  The EDC’s State of the Cities […]

Liberty Hospital Awarded Stroke Center Certification

Liberty Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Primary Stroke Center Certification. The hospital underwent a rigorous, onsite review in which TJC ensured its compliance with the highest national standards for safety and quality throughout a stroke patient’s duration of care. Liberty Hospital President and CEO Raghu Adiga, MD, said, “Primary […]

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