Current Projects
Equipped with 4 full time employees, interns, work studies and an army of awesome volunteers Old Town Cape, Inc. is constantly working to make downtown a better place. From planning annual events, to participating in national and local initiatives, leading special projects and partnering with organizations across the area we are always busy working on projects that improve Downtown Cape Girardeau. Check out a few we're working on now, below.

31st Annual Charles L. Hutson Auction


Saturday, September 8, 2018   6:30 PM - 10:30 PM @ Isle Casino Cape Girardeau.


Doors open at 6:30 and reservations include heavy hors d'oeurves. There will also be a cash bar available.

Individual Seats are $50 and Tables of Eight can be purchased for $375. Make your reservation by contacting Old Town Cape, Inc at (573) 334-8085 or

This event is made possible by the support of our sponsors; 
Event Partner Isle Casino and event Sponsors Kiefner Bros., Inc. & Art Van Furniture


Awning Grant

Old Town Cape is launching an Awning Grant! This is a dollar for dollar matching funds for material and labor, up to $1,500. A limited amount of funds are available through Old Town Cape, to help replace awnings for the betterment of downtown. The funds are paid as a matching grant for project materials and installation costs that are based on the limited availability of funds. Applications for this grant are due in for consideration by 5pm, Friday, September 28th, 2018. Details on the Old Town Cape, Inc. Awning Grant can be found in the link below. 

Awning Grant


The Downtown Trolley

Have you seen The Downtown Trolley? It's a free public trolley that started running in July 2017.  A long time vision of Mayor Harry Rediger, the trolley came to fruition through a partnership between several public organizations including Old Town Cape Inc., VisitCape, Isle Casino Cape Girardeau, the Downtown CID and the Cape Girardeau County Transit Authority. The first six months of the Downtown Trolley's operation will be a trial period to gauge ridership and hours. If you would like to hop on the trolley it will be in service every Friday from 3pm to 9pm and every Saturday from 1pm to 9pm. Download the press release below for further details.


Downtown Trolley map (2).pdf

Read Press Release

Downtown Cape Girardeau Strategic Plan

Downtown Cape Girardeau has grown tremendously in recent years.  Infrastructure improvements, building rehabilitation's, public art, and new policies are just a few ways in which the downtown has progressed since the previous strategic plan was adopted by the city in 2009.  The changing market places of technology, housing, and commercial real estate have offered new opportunities and challenges for downtown Cape Girardeau. The new Downtown Cape Girardeau Strategic Plan can be viewed here. 

Downtown Cape Girardeau Strategic Plan

Cape Girardeau Outdoor Sculpture ExhibitOld Town Cape, Inc. is a huge advocate for public art! As members of the public art committee, we help to facilitate public art through place making and promotions of events like the Cape Girardeau Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit. For a full list of this year’s outdoor sculptures as well as years past visit

Shop Local

Supporting local small businesses is crucial to growing and maintaining our lovely city! We advocate for our community to support our downtown merchants all year and proudly participate in the following initiatives.

Shop Small is a nationwide movement to celebrate small businesses every day and to help communities thrive! Learn more about this initiative started by American Express here

The 3/50 Project is another shop local initiative that was created to continue the efforts to save the brick and mortars that our nation was built on. Click here for more information!