Let's Talk Business

Every Monday at 6:42 a.m. and 8:42 a.m., John Mehner provides information on what's happening in the area of regional development in Southeast Missouri. John is the President and CEO of the Cape Chamber.

Local support for Let's Talk Business comes from SEMO CPA Company, located in Downtown Cape Girardeau.

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Well, the new statistics are out and we are at or below record numbers for our area.

We recently received October unemployment numbers as they always run about 30 days behind. According to the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center (MERIC), Cape County has a 1.9% unemployment rate. We have a workforce of 40,925 and 40,135 of them are working. Scott County has dropped to 2.4% and Perry County is at 1.7%.

Cape Chamber

It is a difficult thing to define but a very important component of a vibrant community.

Quality of life is a much used phrase in the marketing materials of just about every area. But exactly what is quality of life and how do you measure it? And are there basic components that matter to everyone?

Cape Chamber

Redevelopment is a very important piece of an area’s economic development success.

In many ways, the Cape area is experiencing a renaissance. Certainly everyone is familiar with the redevelopment of the former Marquette Hotel, H&H building, and the old car dealership adjacent to the north. Those buildings now are home to a Courtyard by Marriott Hotel, Baristas, the Chamber of Commerce, the CVB, Old Town Cape, Codefi, and many other businesses. But have you noticed what’s happening at the Town Plaza? Some new ownership has brought exciting changes to this mid-town location.

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Who was it that said so many people ….so little time.

This week we celebrate Thanksgiving and I want to take this opportunity to offer my thanks. First, thank you to our membership. Because each of you are so committed to your role in your businesses and professions you make this place special. Thank you for your investment in our community, your growth in jobs, and your desire to always go the extra mile.

Next, thank you goes to all our new area investors and project creators. You have made 2018 a great year for new businesses and expansion. We welcome you!

Cape Chamber

The Mission of the Cape Girardeau Area MAGNET is to foster a strong economic environment resulting in the retention, expansion, creation, and attraction of jobs and new investment in the area.