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Looking for Employees in Outside Traditional Labor Pools As the competition for workers remains fierce, employers are looking outside traditional labor pools. In the Cape/Jackson metro area, there are more open positions than available workers. We are urging employers to look at various non-traditional sources for help. A couple of these methods are gaining support…

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It’s Fair Week! This is certainly one of the largest regional events in the area drawing tens of thousands over an eight-day period. Yes, it’s fair week in Cape Girardeau. After last year’s event was cancelled, this marks the 166 Annual SEMO District Fair. The United States was an agricultural nation in its infancy and…

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Cape County Has Been Growing According to 2020 Census Data It is mandated by the U.S. Constitution, happens every ten years, and the results are used for many purposes. Of course, I’m talking about the U.S. Census. The Census Bureau just released the raw numbers for the 2020 count. This data is used to determine…

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Another Record and a BIG Win This past week brought another record and a big first for our area. And the two are tied together. The latest monthly hotel/motel tax numbers for the city of Cape set a record – again – for monthly receipts. In fact, it shattered the previous record by 10%. Strong…

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Are There Intrapreneurs In Your Business? What are Intrapreneurs and are they good for your organization? In the last several years, the term “Intrapreneurs” has become more widely known. Intrapreneurs are employees within an organization who are not likely to start their own enterprise, but who apply the essential principles of entrepreneurship to their positions…

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The Impact of Educational Institutions on Cape Girardeau Area 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…

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Update on Generational Construction Projects in Cape/Jackson Metro Granted, it is hot outside. But there are some pretty cool things going on in the area. Summer is a time when many people are enjoying vacation and doing things to take a break from school and other activities. But some major construction projects are still underway…

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“Show Me Careers” Taking Place This Week Today is the first day of a very important week-long experience for several local educators. Show Me Careers is a program developed by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Cape Chamber is partnering with them on delivery in this area. The program is a workforce…

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Missouri Legislature Passes Fuel Tax Increase The Missouri legislature did something this year they haven’t done since 1996. That is correct. It has been a quarter of a century since the state of Missouri passed and implemented a fuel tax increase. Senate Bill 262 changed history as it passed both the House and the Senate…

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Cape Area Magnet Announces Reorganization This local economic development organization has reorganized and is focused on maximizing future opportunities. The Cape Girardeau Area MAGNET recently announced it has not only expanded its investors and board of directors, but there is much more on the horizon. As a reminder, MAGNET is a regional organization charged with…

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