- Missing Jackson woman found dead in Bollinger County pond (06/23/16)3
- Many Jackson students may face random drug-testing (06/26/16)30
- Village of Zalma must disincorporate, law says (06/23/16)5
- Jackson man accused of felony assault after attack at Cape bar (06/26/16)7
- I want an angry president (06/21/16)17
- Coroner asks for grand jury in Poplar Bluff fatal hit-and-run case (06/28/16)
- Man allegedly kicks woman, punches man after denied a sexual favor (06/23/16)
- Witness says he saw suspect kill his best friend (06/24/16)
- Officials: Ash borer less of a problem here than in St. Louis (06/27/16)
- Business notebook: Melting Co. adds to Cape's food-truck fleet (06/27/16)
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.