John Mehner

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John Mehner is the President and CEO of the Cape Chamber.

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Cape Chamber

One of the most important factors of a successful chamber of commerce is a strong on-line presence.

A powerful and effective website is a must for our industry. Not only is it important to our membership, it serves as one of the front doors to our region. Our website,, offers tremendous value to our membership and great information for everyone.

Cape Chamber

Did you know more than 11% of the private sector workforce in Cape Girardeau County is employed in the field of manufacturing?

Almost 4,000 people work in more than 180 manufacturing facilities in our county. The average weekly wage for these jobs was a little more than $1,000 in 2017 accounting for more than 203 million dollars ($203,000,000) in payroll. That’s a lot of buying power and a significant piece of our local economy.

Cape Chamber

Are chambers of commerce part of a national or state governing structure?

This is a question I hear regularly. The simple answer is …. NO.

The Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce is a stand-alone, not-for-profit membership corporation with a more than 100 year history. We exist for, and because of our membership. Unlike many other non-profit groups, we are not a subset of a national group.

Cape Chamber

As the competition for workers remains fierce, employers are looking outside traditional labor pools.

In the Cape – Jackson metro area, there are more open positions than available workers. We are urging employers to look at various non-traditional sources for help. A couple of these methods are gaining steam and having positive results in other areas of the state and country.

Cape Chamber

What started as in idea in 1975 has become a valuable tool in the area’s economic development infrastructure.

The Southeast Missouri Regional Port Authority is located in Scott City on the Cape Girardeau County / Scott County line. A cornerstone of the Port’s development came in 1985 when more than 70% of voters in the two counties approved a one quarter cent sales tax that sunset in 1990.