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Every Monday at 6:42 a.m. and 8:42 a.m., John Mehner provides information on what's happening in the area of regional development in Southeast Missouri. John is the President and CEO of the Cape Chamber.

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Cape Girardeau County has joined many others in Missouri, the U.S., and the world in issuing a face covering order.

On Friday, July 10, the Cape Girardeau County Health Department issued the guidelines in an attempt to reduce the number of cases, ease hospitalizations, and keep businesses open. Opinions on face coverings certainly vary but our local health professionals have determined this is a good step to take right now. The order took effect this morning at 12:01 a.m. and has no termination date at this time.

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As Missouri continues the Governor’s Show Me Strong Recovery Plan, challenges emerge for the business community and the general public.

This is a difficult time for local businesses. People are so divided on the virus, the spread, the threats, the perceptions, and what our personal responsibilities should be today and moving forward. This has become a very political issue and opinions are getting more deeply entrenched every day.

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Tax Increment Financing, or TIF, is back in the news.

TIF is a redevelopment tool designed to incent development in an area, or for a specific building, that is either stagnant or declining in value. The developer must submit an affidavit verifying the development could not take place without assistance.

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We are wrapping up week one of Phase Two of the Show Me Strong Recovery Plan announced by Governor Parson.

Phase Two means Missouri is fully open and moving forward. The Governor based his decision on his four essential recovery pillars: expand testing capacity, expand reserves of PPE, continue to monitor and, if necessary, expand hospital and health care system capacity, and improve ability to predict potential outbreaks using Missouri's public health data.

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Area voters approved two separate tax initiatives in the rescheduled local elections held on June 2.