Let's Talk Business

Every Monday at 6:31 a.m. and 8:31 a.m., Shad Burner provides information on what's happening in the area of regional development in Southeast Missouri. Shad is the Vice President of Business Development with the Cape Chamber.

Local support for Let's Talk Business comes from Banterra Bank, a locally-owned bank located at 1650 North Kingshighway in Cape Girardeau. Details at Banterra.com. Member F-D-I-C

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The Impact of the SEMO District Fair on the Region

Sep 10, 2017

It's fair week in Cape Girardeau! This marks the 162 Annual SEMO District Fair.

SEMO District Fair Board Representative Darrell Aufdenburg shares some thoughts about how the fair impacts our region at the Cape Chamber's First Friday Coffee held on Friday, September 8, 2017, at Isle Casino Cape Girardeau. 

Cape Chamber

Finding talent is certainly one of the most frustrating things facing employers. And I’ve found that as we talk about this challenge, invariably the topic of education, schools and children emerge. So today, let’s dive into this a bit.

First and foremost, I’m in constant communication with local educators at all levels. In fact, I’m married to one of them. These people do incredible work with our youth. And let’s not tackle the educational system as a whole today. Instead, let’s look at two specific ways our community and business leaders can get engaged.

Cape Chamber

On Wednesday, August 23, 2017, AT&T made a significant announcement about jobs in Cape Girardeau.

Let’s hear some highlights of the announcement from John Sondag, President of AT&T Missouri. 

"It was about a year ago, July, that we were here to announce a major fiber deployment that's really created a Cape-Jackson fiber corridor. And that's resulted in a lot of growth bringing one gigabit service to a lot of the businesses int that corridor and really helped some of those businesses to grow as well.

Cape Chamber

Have you ever stood on the banks of the Mississippi and watched the barges? They’re really incredible to see. Well, until the early 90s, those barges represented tremendous economic activity for our region that we could only watch as they floated by.

In 1990, the SEMO Port opened it’s 1800’ harbor and forever changed what those barges on the Mississippi would mean to us. Today, the port has several tenants covering approximately 70 acres and they move 1.2 million tons of material by barge each year…an incredible amount.

Cape Chamber

Less than 20% of Southeast Missouri State University graduates will make their life and career in the Cape Girardeau area. That’s a number I’d like to change.