- Woman's post about 'Back the Blue' sign in Jackson coffee shop prompts firing from nearby bar (8/15/17)11
- Scott City man dies in motorcycle crash near Millersville (8/13/17)
- Stoogefest headliner cancels, cites NAACP travel advisory in Missouri (8/15/17)2
- How to save a life: Lifeguards resuscitated young girl at Cape Splash (8/17/17)2
- Teen convicted of shooting area woman in 2015 (8/13/17)
- Man accused of making terror threats against dental office (8/13/17)
- Councilman: Scott City mayor, city administrator resigned (8/15/17)4
- Woman dies in house fire in Cape Girardeau County (8/16/17)
- Scott City school chief gets raise, while some teachers don't (8/17/17)6
- 'Love, not hate': Area residents gather to sing, talk about racial issues after violence in Charlottesville (8/14/17)89
Last week the Cape Girardeau County Commissioners approved a resolution of intent to issue industrial development bonds for an expansion at the local Procter & Gamble plant, a project expected to total $300 million.
Though pending other government approvals, the project, financed via Chapter 100 bonds, would produce up to 200 construction jobs and 35 full-time positions. The company looks to spend $250 million on new equipment as well as $50 million on a new building.
Procter & Gamble is an important company for our local economy, and the additional jobs created through this expansion are especially welcome during these uncertain economic times.
Going through the Chapter 100 option is not new to the local P&G plant. Nearly $1 billion in Chapter 100 bonds have been issued for the local plant since 1998. For the business this financial arrangement provides a level of certainty, and locally the county benefits from the economic activity and jobs generated. P&G's presence has been great for our area.
On a different issue, former Cape Girardeau Procter & Gamble plant manager Rick McLeod will be in town today. He will be speaking at 7:30 a.m. at the United Way of Southeast Missouri's CEO Breakfast at Drury Lodge. McLeod was a transformative leader for the local plant and was active in our community during his tenure here. We're happy to welcome him back to Cape Girardeau this morning.