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Editorial: Dreams come true

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

When then-governor Matt Blunt announced in 2006 a statewide program to help Missouri communities revitalize their downtown areas, there were some forward-thinking individuals who saw the potential for positive improvements. Some of those individuals were in Cape Girardeau, and the city was one of the first cities to be designated a DREAM (Downtown Revitalization and Economic Assistance for Missouri) Initiative community.

Since then, the DREAM Initiative has spurred several grants amounting to $2.6 million, and another $4 million has been requested for community projects. One of the major results of the DREAM designation has been a development plan for future downtown projects.

Taken together, the DREAM-related projects present an impressive list. Among the many projects getting a DREAM boost: Tunes at Twilight, the Cape Girardeau Storytelling Festival, new parking and restroom facilities on the riverfront, converting Shultz School into senior housing, extension of Fountain Street from Morgan Oak to William streets, tax credits for the Discovery Playhouse Children's Museum and replacement of heating and air conditioning systems at the Common Pleas Courthouse.

The DREAM Initiative is a good example of coordination and allocation of state resources combined with a clear vision of meaningful downtown revitalization.


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Missouri taxpayers from Jackson, Oran, Delta, Scott City,....... paid for this. You're welcome.

Larry Bill

-- Posted by nolimitsonthought on Tue, Jul 13, 2010, at 7:08 AM

FREE money! Bring it!

-- Posted by Rocket_Surgeon on Tue, Jul 13, 2010, at 7:12 AM

Missouri taxpayers from Jackson, Oran, Delta, Scott City,....... paid for this. You're welcome.

Larry Bill

-- Posted by nolimitsonthought on Tue, Jul 13, 2010, at 7:08 AM

And they all are welcome to take advantage of it - and many do. And students and visitors and residents of many area communities. A vibrant Cape downtown is a good a use of our federal tax dollars - open, honest and productive. Great job Cape. Keep up the good work.

-- Posted by blogbudsman on Tue, Jul 13, 2010, at 8:55 AM

...and it would be a good use of our federal tax dollars - but it is really really a good use of our state tax dollars. ;~)

-- Posted by blogbudsman on Tue, Jul 13, 2010, at 9:45 AM


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