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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: Road Construction Benefits Business

The temperatures are warming up and the detour signs and orange cones are out in force, meaning construction season is underway. While this can certainly feel like a hassle when it disrupts your normal commuting patterns, continued investment in our infrastructure is good for business.

Street improvements play a pivotal role in bolstering local business activity, often overshadowed by more prominent urban initiatives. Consider a scenario where dilapidated sidewalks and pothole-ridden streets deter potential customers. Contrast that with well-maintained thoroughfares featuring clear signage and pedestrian-friendly infrastructure—suddenly, the ambiance becomes conducive to commerce.

Beyond mere aesthetics, street improvements signify a commitment to community development, fostering an environment where businesses can thrive. They communicate a message of civic pride and infrastructure upkeep, essential for attracting new entrepreneurs and investors seeking to align with vibrant, well-maintained neighborhoods. By prioritizing street enhancement initiatives, communities not only address immediate infrastructure needs but also lay a solid foundation for sustained economic growth and prosperity.

Cape Girardeau has benefitted over the years from the creation of the Transportation Trust Fund that has continued to invest in improved roadways. As you navigate the changing traffic plans over the next several months, just remember that it takes time, investment, and a talented team of municipal employees and business partners to get the job done and make our communities better for the future.

Rob is the President and CEO of the Cape Chamber.