John Mehner

Host, Let's Talk Business

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

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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.

John Mehner

The old adage “rain, rain go away come again another day” could never be more true than it is right now.

Being at significant flood stage for more than 110 days, seep water in southern Illinois, and consistent rain and storms have really taken a toll on our area. Consider just a few of these examples of impact to our local economy.

First and foremost, residents affected by the flood waters and storms are dealing with costly damage and clean up. Many southern Illinois residents work in the Cape/Jackson metro and have faced drastically increased commute times and cost.