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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. 0000017b-d583-d84a-afff-fdd77fc70000Local support for Let's Talk Business comes from First Midwest Bank -- offering banking solutions for all stages of life. Online at onemidwest.com. Member FDIC.

Let's Talk Business: Welcome Back, Southeast Students!

Cape Chamber

The Chamber wants to be sure YOU understand how glad we are to see you!

Since 1873, students and faculty alike have made their way to the campus of Southeast Missouri State University to begin a new semester and a life changing experience. This year will be no different. On behalf of the regional business and professional community, we want to welcome you and express our appreciation for all you bring to strengthen our area. Our partnerships with the University are numerous and our relationships run deep.

Southeast provides tremendous entertainment options. Division I athletics occur in only 335 cities in the Unites States and we are fortunate to be one of them. The River Campus allows us to experience world class arts – visual and performing.

The economic boost provided to the area is significant and critical. The University’s annual budget exceeds $125M dollars. Student rental, food and entertainment spending, retail dollars, and much more are greatly appreciated, and even relied upon, by our business community.

And, of course, the intellectual boosts are invaluable. Students provide much needed human capital and support to our workforce. Those that stay in the area become positive contributors to our employment base, economy, and even the very fabric of our community.

Yes, we are fortunate in so many ways to have Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau. Next time you think the traffic is a little heavy when the students are back in town – smile and say thank you!

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