Welcome to Platte County

            Platte Pet Power: January 2015 resident enjoys Jade

            Platte Pet Power: January 2015 resident enjoys Jade

Saving Energy, Saving Money with Free Energy Products for Your Home

As a resident of Clay, Platte, or Jackson County, you are invited to a forthcoming workshop to focus on energy management strategies that can lead to monthly utility cost savings.  Each workshop participant will receive a free kit of energy saving products that can be used in their home to reduce energy loss. Each kit is estimated to be worth approximately $50.00.  During the workshop the products will be explained in detail as to how to best use them.  For example, the kits will include two energy efficient light bulbs that can easily replace more energy wasting lamps.  One of the questions consumers often ask is the anticipated energy savings of incandescent lamps versus compact fluorescents, and LED bulbs? This workshop will answer those questions and more. 

Our energy bills can be a large monthly expense.  Often a significant portion of that energy is wasted due to excessive infiltration, inadequate insulation, and poor product choices.  The good news is there are many strategies that can be implemented inside and outside a home to improve energy efficiency.  Learn more about your options to save home energy and reduce monthly utility costs.  For details on forthcoming workshops contact Marsha Alexander, Urban West Region Housing and Environmental Design Specialist at alexanderm@missouri.edu or 816-482-5850. 

Cooking Matters

March 11th through April 15th, Wednesday nights from 6-8 pm at the Riverside Community Center. 

A FREE Cooking Class! Learn how to prepare healthy, delicious meals and stretch your food dollars from trained cooking and nutrition professional Amy Vance.

2015 Kansas City Native Plant Sales

Nature Centers and other locations will be holding Native Plant Sales starting in March. View the information flyer (pdf) for dates, times, and locations. The Platte County Extension Office has Milkweed seeds for sale. Plant these seeds to attract Monarch Butterflies. The seeds are $1.00 per packet. Call the office, 270-2141 for more information.

Business Classes for 2015

Two classes to assist entrepreneurs in getting off to the right start are being offered by University Extension in cooperation with the Full Employment Council.  Classes are being offered in four locations. First Steps to Starting a Business is a 4-hour class that provides an overview of the critical first steps associated with starting a business. Basics of Writing a Business Plan is a 2-hour session designed for those who want to know how to create a business plan that will be a useful management tool for their business. For more details or to see if you qualify as a Missouri Dislocated Worker, contact Richard Zarate;  zarater@missouri.edu or 816-407-3496.  Information Flyer (PDF)

Northland Grandfamilies

Are you a grandparent raising grandchildren?  Based on the most recent census data, over 4,000 grandparents in the Northland are living with grandchildren under the age of 18.

If you or someone you know is a grandparent, aunt or uncle raising children get information and more details on the “Northland Grandfamilies” program.  View the information flyer (PDF) for general monthly support group meeting dates.