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Government, everyone’s favorite topic. OK, maybe not, but it is an important topic and one we try to stay updated on. Part of the chamber’s service to the business community is to build relationships with local, state and federal elected and full-time government officials. Most of the time our businesses don’t need anything from the government, but when they do, it can be really impactful on their business. Whether it’s new regulation hindering them or new proposed le... Read More
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Cape’s regional hub status has long been an important part of our identity, one we must work to maintain in the years ahead.  Growing up in Bernie, Mo., we made trips to Cape a few times a year. We shopped for clothes, books, cars, ate at the restaurants and enjoyed much of the retail offerings in town. It was an hour-long drive for us and this was certainly something many people from the area did on a regular basis. When we look at our visitors today, retail is a major driver, but ... Read More
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In economic development, our number one goal is for our community to have more jobs. So, how exactly does that happen? Politicians always talk about job creation as if the government is responsible. I can tell you this, there is only one group truly responsible for job creation and that is businesses. In my roles as an economic developer, I certainly don’t create jobs, but rather simply work to clear the way for those jobs to be created. A great example of job creation in Cape over the l... Read More
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Some leaders say “what if we train our people and they leave?” Others say, “what if we don’t train our people and they stay?”  Happy 2018 to all of you! As we enter a new year, like many, I find myself thinking about professional development. The saying about training isn’t new, but it is certainly still relevant. And there’s really no better time to think about professional development than the beginning of the year. At the Chamber, we believe st... Read More
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We are fortunate to have some incredible businesses in our community. Too many to highlight actually, but two recently received awards worth mentioning.  The Drury Management team, part of the MidAmerica Hotel Corporation, was recognized as the Franchisee of the year at the Global Burger King Convention in Las Vegas. There are more than 13,000 Burger King Restaurants in 89 countries and the Drury team is actually the first Burger King Franchisee in North America to receive this award. T... Read More
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The Community Improvement District, or CID, is a separate political subdivision with an appointed board and the power to impose sales and/or property taxes. CIDs can be formed by an ordinance within a governing body when more than 50% of the property owners sign a petition for it be created. Money collected by a CID may go toward public facilities or a variety of public services. We have a downtown CID in Cape. It was created in 2014 after more than 50% of the property owners in the defined re... Read More
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This is the second in a series of posts about economic development incentive programs. This week, I would like to briefly discuss Transportation Development Districts or TDDs. The State of Missouri allows certain groups to create a political subdivision that generates funds for transportation improvements through the collection of taxes. TDDs can be formed by registered voters, transportation authorities or property owners and must be approved by the circuit court of the county in which they are... Read More
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Incentive Programs: TIF
Incentive programs are major tools used by communities to spur economic development, but they are often misunderstood. Over the next few weeks, I’ll briefly describe a few of the tools we use. We’ll start today with Tax Increment Financing, or TIF. At its core, TIF is simply a municipality diverting future property tax revenue increases in a defined area toward improvements for a period of time. Let’s look at what that means using the Marquette project in downtown Cape. The... Read More
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Failure Is An Option
Recently, I had a big failure. It was really pretty minor in the grand scheme of things, but for me it was big. I put hours and hours into achieving this one goal and didn’t even get close!   It all started in early 2016 when I decided to be a runner. I’ve never been interested in running marathons. I just wanted to run 5Ks (3.1 miles) and run them faster. I’ve always been pretty active and had run a few races in the past, but no serious training. My best time prior to 20... Read More
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Cape Regional Airport
Over the last several years, Cape Air has provided consistent commercial flights, which was a major improvement for our region. They served us well at that stage in the development of Cape Girardeau, but now it’s time to take a step forward. The U.S. Department of Transportation recently approved plans for SkyWest Airlines to provide air service from Cape to Chicago starting this December. This announcement is big news. We are moving from a small propeller plane, to a 50-passenger jet wi... Read More
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