Raytown is a city in Jackson County, Missouri and is also considered a suburb of Kansas City. The City of Raytown is 10.4 square miles located southeast of downtown Kansas City with a proximity that serves as a crossroads to the surrounding communities. Raytown has easy access to I-435, I-470 and I-70 which means that this city is only minutes away from downtown Kansas City, the Country Club Plaza, and several major sports venues.Raytown began as a Santa Fe Trail stop just eight miles south of Independence, and is likely the second oldest town in Jackson County. Originally home to the Osage Indians, several tradesmen eventually established businesses along the trail including a blacksmith named William Ray who built his shop on the Santa Fe Trail. Ray’s blacksmith shop was located at a junction of several trails making this town a meeting place and a vital connection to the west. The settlement around the blacksmith shop was known first as "Ray's Town" and later as "Raytown." Raytown was incorporated as a city on July 17, 1950.Raytown is home to many local, national and international businesses including KCP&L, GE Energy, USA 800, Inc., and Ken-A-Vision Manufacturing Co., Inc. The residents are able to take advantage of a central location to the KC Metro area, a low tax base, and an economy strong in redevelopment and growth.
On Saturday, August 10th from 1:00-4:00 p.m., there will be a Back-to-School Backpack Drive hosted by V.I.B.E. at the Parkway Professional Building in Raytown.We could all do a little more to make this world a better place and help those in need. If you are one of those in need, this is an opportunity for you and your family to receive some assistance in getting the school supplies your children may need for the school year.This year, V.I.B.E. KC is partnering with "All About You" Health Services to provide 50 students with school supplies for the 2019-2020 school year. In order to have a backpack reserved, student must be signed up. If you are able to donate, they would appreciate donations and are accepting the following: school supplies, backpacks, books, uniforms, monetary donations.