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Every Monday at 6:42 a.m. and 8:42 a.m., Rob Gilligan provides information on what's happening in the area of regional development in Southeast Missouri. Rob is the President and CEO of the Cape Chamber. Local support for "Let's Talk Business" is provided by Carved + Crafted Catering. (573) 651-2569

Let's Talk Business: Preparing the Region for Technological Changes

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Technology visionary Leonard Brody calls what we are experiencing today a complete reset of the operating system of our planet.

In a recent presentation, Brody said change today is occurring unlike anything we have experienced in the last 100 years. He believes the next decade will bring many of our structures and systems to a place we will barely recognize. At the Chamber, we agree.

Just think about these economic drivers for our region and how they will change in the next ten years. Healthcare and its delivery systems, autonomous vehicles, electric vehicles v. gas powered, retail, K-higher education delivery systems, smart highway construction, banks and financial delivery systems, cyber security, utility infrastructure, and the list goes on.

In preparation, the Chamber has formed a Think Tank group designed to research, assess, and recommend ways to prepare ourselves locally for the changes we will face. It is our belief we need to be intentionally thinking about developing and taking appropriate steps to put our local economy in a position to take advantage of the changes – not just react to them.

The first meeting of the group is scheduled for Wednesday, February 19th at 4:00 p.m. at the Chamber. If you are interested and feel you have something to offer, please contact me at the Chamber office.

This is a very important issue for our business community and, therefore, a very important issue for all of us.

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