John Mehner

Host, Let's Talk Business

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

Ways to Connect

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It’s that time of year and a perfect opportunity to recognize the importance of this local delivery system.

It’s back to school month and of course I’m talking about education. We are so fortunate to have a dynamic and effective education system in place for pre-K through higher education.

Southeast Missouri State University

We have experienced much success in the local technology sector and we continue to look for more ways to strengthen that ecosystem.

Cape Chamber

There are approximately 75 million of them in the civilian labor force and that number is growing at a steady clip.

These numbers are hovering around a 49 year low nationally and are even lower in the Cape/Jackson metro and all of our surrounding counties.

Visit Cape

It accounts for more than $16 billion dollars annually in economic impact for the state of Missouri and more than $250 million dollars locally. 

Tourism is in the top three industries in Missouri’s economic picture. More than 308,000 people are employed in this sector accounting for 1 in 12 Missouri jobs. Of 114 counties in the state, Cape County is in the top 15 for tourism related spending. Forecasts by Tourism Economics predict spending will continue to rise for the next several years.

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