This is a big week for Southeast Missouri State University and the entire Cape Girardeau region.
Monday, October 21 through Saturday, October 26, is Homecoming week for the University. This is an exciting annual event that provides lots of opportunities for alumni and the general public. These include an Alumni Coffee and Donuts event, many fraternity and sorority gatherings, the Copper Dome Dinner, the Homecoming parade, and, of course, Saturday’s football game against UT Martin.
Chambers of commerce are the go-to organizations for business support and promotion.
Many ask – are local chambers just a part of the state and national group? The simple answer is …. NO.Local chambers like we have in Cape, Jackson, Perryville, Sikeston and Poplar Bluff are stand-alone, not-for-profit membership corporations with strong local histories. We exist for, and because of, you – our membership. Unlike some other non-profit groups, we are not a subset of a national group.
Many people ask about the economic health of our local manufacturing sector.
In Cape County, more than 11% of the private sector workforce is employed in the field of manufacturing. This puts us even with the state of Missouri average.
According to the latest statistics, about 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 2018 accounting for more than $200 million dollars in payroll. That’s a lot of buying power and a significant piece of our local economy.
Is it possible that what happens in this final week of the Major League Baseball season could affect business in the Cape/Jackson metro?
For decades we have been able to measure the positive affect on the local economies of cities whose teams make the playoffs in their respective sports. Certainly hosting playoff games provides for a direct infusion of additional capital to a local economy. But what about an extended regional market like our area? Do we benefit if the Cardinals make the playoffs?