- Cape businessman known for starting NARS dies at 49 (2/23/17)9
- Apparent punch at girls basketball game propels lawmaker into action (2/21/17)4
- Business notebook: Owners ready to roll out the Barrel 131 (2/20/17)7
- Japanese restaurant up and running; owner surprised by fondness of sushi here (2/24/17)1
- SoutheastHEALTH, Washington University School of Medicine announce collaboration (2/24/17)23
- Missouri bill would limit transgender school bathroom access (2/22/17)48
- City issues precautionary boil order near Arena Park (2/23/17)
- Former KFVS12 reporter talks about recovery from eating disorder (2/23/17)11
- $22M bond issue would alter Jackson schools (2/22/17)13
- Two men crack market with local cage-free eggs (2/26/17)12
Potential for growth
At a forum this week in Cape Girardeau attended by David Sampson, assistant secretary of commerce for economic development, a group of area representatives interested in the economic well-being of Southeast Missouri and beyond talked about the future.
One of the major themes was the need for regional cooperation among cities and counties that don't have the clout on their own but collectively offer a range of benefits that appeal to industrial and technological enterprises.
Another theme was that the future of economic development will rely heavily on research and a knowledge system. This is an area where Southeast Missouri State University already has taken steps to lay a good foundation.
Other ideas brought up at the forum included:
The development of economic megasites much like the Procter & Gamble plant in northern Cape Girardeau County that attracts complementary plants.
Working on a regional basis before the existing economic base falters or collapses.
Using other communities that have been successful with economic development as benchmarks.
It sounds like this area could make good use of the ideas brought up at the forum. It also sounds like many of these ideas are already being pursued.