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Sikeston, MO (February 21, 2019)–Gary Elders, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Southeast Missouri Food Bank, recently announced that Joseph Keys, Chief Advancement Officer of SEMO Food Bank, will succeed Karen Green as Chief Executive Officer upon her retirement.

The announcement was made at a luncheon attended by the Board of Directors and Staff. Gary Elders, Chairman of the Board, made the announcement welcoming Joey and said, “We are moving on to more great years to come and working together to make that happen.” Keys will become CEO effective March 1 with Green staying for a time as a consultant.

“I want to thank Karen for the solid foundation built under her leadership. I have learned much from the Staff and Board over the past year as CAO and look forward to continued learning and growing together,” Keys told the group.

Keys brings a degree in Mass Communications and Marketing Management from Southeast Missouri State University. Previous employment includes Regional Director of the local Better Business Bureau and over seven years in county government administration.

“I am confident that SEMO Food Bank is in excellent hands with the appointment of Joey as CEO,” said Green. “Under his leadership, the Food Bank will continue to bring hunger relief to Southeast Missourians for years to come.”

For more information, please visit the SEMO Food Bank website:

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About Southeast Missouri Food Bank
Founded in 1985, in Sikeston, MO (formerly the Bootheel Food Bank), Southeast Missouri Food Bank provides food to charitable and disaster relief programs in Southeast Missouri. Southeast Missouri Food Bank is affiliated with Feeding America (formerly America’s Second Harvest), the nation’s food bank network. Over 180 nonprofit hunger relief agencies in sixteen counties of Southeast Missouri benefit from the Southeast Missouri Food Bank. These counties include Bollinger, Butler, Cape Girardeau, Carter, Dunklin, Madison, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Perry, Reynolds, Ripley, Scott, Ste. Genevieve, Stoddard, and Wayne. Member agencies include food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters for the abused and homeless, senior citizen programs, low-income children’s programs, and non-profit rehabilitation facilities. The mission of Southeast Missouri Food Bank is to end hunger and leverage the power of food to build a healthy community. Those interested in helping can do so by making a tax-deductible contribution, donating food or scheduling a time to volunteer. Visit for more information.
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JEFFERSON CITY — Leadership Missouri, the premier leadership development program offered by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry, is designed to enhance the leadership skills of current and emerging leaders through an in-depth exploration of the state’s economic, political, and social issues. Among this year’s participants is Michele Litzelfelner, the Member Relationship Manager at the Cape Chamber.

Leadership Missouri consists of seven monthly, two-day sessions held in different regions of the state. While travelling to several Missouri communities and networking with the state’s top government, business and non-profit leaders, participants will gain a better understanding of the diverse industries and people that make up Missouri’s economy.

The 2019 Leadership Missouri program kicks off on April 9 in Jefferson City. The first segment includes a reception at the Governor’s Mansion that will bring together Leadership Missouri alumni to welcome the 2019 class.

“Since its inception in 1990, Leadership Missouri has helped hundreds of Missourians to become better leaders,” said Daniel P. Mehan, Missouri Chamber President and CEO. “Leadership Missouri graduates are serving all across our state as top business executives and managers, as well as in community and political leadership roles. The type of education and training provided in Leadership Missouri is exactly what we need going forward if we hope to succeed in realizing our vision for Missouri 2030.”

You can learn more and apply for the 2020 class at

The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry is the largest business association in Missouri. Together, with the Missouri Chamber Federation, the Missouri Chamber represents more than 75,000 employers. To learn more, go to, or follow us @MissouriChamber on Twitter.

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(Cape Girardeau – February 15, 2019) MRV Banks Cape Girardeau Market President Robbie Guard is pleased to announce that Brent Presser has been hired as Vice President Commercial Loan Officer. Presser comes to MRV Banks with more than 14 years of banking experience.

“I have known Brent for a long time and am privileged to add someone of his expertise to our Cape team,” said Guard. “He’s also a very hard worker and understands our values at MRV Banks.”

Presser previously worked as a commercial loan officer at Banterra Bank and successfully managed a large portfolio of commercial borrowing relationships. Prior to that, Presser spent eight years working at US Bank as a Credit Analyst and Commercial Relationship Manager. He also has previous experience working as a bank teller and a sales consultant.

Presser is an active member of the Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce and has served as the Secretary and Director for Lions Club International. He is also a 2015 Leadership Cape Graduate. Presser graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a major in Finance.

Founded in 2007, MRV Banks is one of the fastest growing banks in Missouri. With more than $450 million dollars in assets, it is the 75th largest bank in the state of Missouri out of 240 state-chartered banks. MRV Banks has locations in Ste. Genevieve, Cape Girardeau, Sikeston and a new location in Festus. MRV Banks has a reputation of delivering premium banking products and services to local consumers and small business customers throughout Missouri. For more information about MRV Banks, go to or call 573-883-8222.

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June 4th marks the start of something terrific at Capaha Field in Cape Girardeau -- Cape Catfish Baseball! Cape Catfish is a member of the Prospect League wood collegiate baseball organization whose roster will include college students from all over the country. 30 games from June 4 through August 4th will entertain baseball lovers from young to old. Additions to the field include a 150-seat Home Run Deck sponsored by Southeast Health, chair back seating in the reserved seating areas, a kids zone and a plaza filled with wonderful food and drinks from local food trucks. Don't miss the chance to "Catch the Catfish" in action with a ticket package at:

Interested in becoming a Partner with Cape Catfish? Enjoy special sponsorship packages built to enhance your business at the field. Contact Kyla Evans at 573-803-3103 for more information on sponsorships. And finally, the Cape Catfish is currently looking for Host Families for its' players. If you are interested in helping the team by hosting a player this summer, please contact the Cape Catfish office at 573-803-3103 or email

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For more information, contact: 
John Mehner, CCE, IOM 
President & CEO, Cape Chamber
220 N. Fountain St.
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
(573) 335-3312 |

Cape Chamber Board of Directors Takes Position on Proposition Y

Cape Girardeau, MO, March 5, 2019 – At the March 5, 2019 Board of Directors meeting, board members of the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce voted unanimously in support of Proposition Y – a No-Tax-Increase Bond Issue being brought before voters on April 2, 2019.

Proposition Y is the third phase of the Cape Girardeau Public Schools’ comprehensive plan and is an investment in Educational Facilities and Resources that can have a real and significant Community Impact, including:
• $4M renovations to Alma Schrader and Jefferson Schools
• $4M new aquatics facility – size and plan to be determined
• $1.5M for a new, centralized Pre-K
• $850,000 roof, HVAC, and parking lot repairs

A Yes vote on Proposition Y positions our young people for the careers of tomorrow. The Cape Chamber Board of Directors encourages all to “VOTE YES” on Proposition Y on April 2, 2019.


About the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce

The Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce strives to be the lead advocate for business, serve as the primary catalyst for a vibrant economy that stimulates and retains jobs, and be the champion to create strong communities for the Cape Girardeau region, resulting in an enhanced quality of life.

For more information about the Cape Chamber, visit

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