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Our Mission

Old Town Cape is a community driven, nonprofit organization that utilizes the Main Street Approach™ to preserve, promote, revitalize, and enrich the historic, cultural, and economic landscapes of downtown Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

Our Vision

Old Town Cape imagines a thriving, diverse downtown that is cultured, historic, and the pulse of the community.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

We celebrate and recognize through meaningful engagement, the intrinsic value of all people. Old Town Cape commits to being a positive force for change and fostering equal access to opportunity within our community. Downtown Cape Girardeau is stronger and more vibrant because we embrace our rich diversity.

We celebrate and recognize through meaningful engagement, the intrinsic value of all people. Old Town Cape commits to being a positive force for change and fostering equal access to opportunity within our community. Downtown Cape Girardeau is stronger and more vibrant because we embrace our rich diversity.

About

Main Street

Main Street America is a movement that grew out of the recognition that a community is only as strong as its core. In an era when many people had given up hope about the commercial and cultural viability of downtown, and when suburbs, shopping malls, and big box retailers were dominating the American landscape, this seemed like an unlikely proposition. But, over the last four decades, the Main Street movement has proven that downtowns are the heart of our communities.

About

The CID

The Downtown Cape Girardeau Community Improvement District was established through a petition process endorsed by city council in May of 2014 with revenue from the approved ½ cent sales tax beginning January 2015. It has a 7 member board to oversee its direction.

About

Downtown Strategic Plan

The Downtown Cape Girardeau Strategic Plan is utilized by key stakeholders to provide a framework for the continued revitalization of our downtown community. The plan was adopted in 2019 by the downtown development team which includes the City of Cape Girardeau, Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Cape Girardeau Community Improvement District, and Old Town Cape.

About

Downtown Walking Tour

The Downtown Walking Tour is a continuing partnership with the Southeast Missouri State University's Historic Preservation Program. This self-guided virtual tour provides the opportunity to explore the history of key buildings within the downtown district.

Old Town Cape

Our Staff

Liz Haynes

Executive Director

Andrea Hamm

Assistant Director

Vacant

Content Coordinator & Cape Riverfront Market co-Manager

Sydney Waters

Events Coordinator & Cape Riverfront Market Co-Manager

Old Town Cape

Board of Directors

Chris Hutson

Hutson's Big Sandy Superstore

President

Lee Schlitt

Broadway pharmacy

Vice President
Bill Cole

Bill Cole

edge realty

Treasurer
Randi Dirnberger

Randi Dirnberger

Life Care Center

Secretary

Doc Cain

Port Cape Girardeau Restaurant and Lounge

Member, Past President
Dr. Steven Hoffman

Dr. Steven Hoffman

Southeast Missouri State University

Member, Advisor to Executive Committee
Katrina Amos

Katrina Amos

Cape girardeau regional airport

Member
Emilie Buelow

Emilie Buelow

annie-em's at home

Member

Danny Essner

Southern bank, retired

Member
Don Greenwood

Don Greenwood

Local artist

Member
Bonnie Kipper

Bonnie Kipper

rn, retired

Member

Blake Lingle

the bank of missouri

Member

Brenda Newbern

visit cape

ex-officio

Tameka Randle

ward 2 city council member

ex-officio

Ryan Shrimplin

city of cape girardeau

Member

Kent Zickfield

zickfield's jewelry & gifts

Member

Our Partners

Old Town Cape partners with the City of Cape Girardeau, Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce, and Visit Cape to build a thriving and sustainable downtown.