Downtown Cape Girardeau Community Improvement District
Community Improvement District

Great places don’t just happen – it takes people working together to make it happen!

One tool communities use to improve their downtowns are Community Improvement Districts (CID). A CID is an area where property and business owners work to ensure a better future for their district, neighborhood, and property.

About Our 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.

The board has contracted with Old Town Cape, Inc. to deliver the approved services.

The biggest percentage of the budget is spent on making downtown clean and attractive, coordinating things like additional litter and trash pick-up, beautification, and holiday decorations.

In addition, a portion of the budget is spent to improve the safety and perception of safety in downtown.

And finally, a percentage is spent on helping promote downtown and making it a vibrant and active environment.

Take a look at the breakdown below.

A Beautiful, Safe, and Vibrant Downtown

Take a look below at some of the ways the CID helps our downtown stay beautiful, safe, and vibrant! Hover over or click each photo to learn more.

Holiday Decorations

The Community Improvement District provides beautiful decorations down Broadway, Main, and Spanish Streets throughout the holiday season.

Hanging Flower Baskets

Hanging baskets were placed on Spanish Street in 2019 .

Flowers & Benches

Flower beds and benches can be found along Broadway and Main Streets.

Weekly Trash & Litter Pickups

Weekly litter and trash pick-ups are coordinated to help keep downtown clean.

Downtown Alley Project

Murals and strings of lights were added to a downtown alley to provide beauty and safety for pedestrians.

Police Patrols

Police patrols are provided to improve downtown safety during the weekends and at night.

Security Cameras

Security cameras have been installed in a few locations downtown to improve safety.


The CID utilizes a variety of print, radio, and digital media to promote downtown locally and beyond.

Branding & Promotion

The CID works to create strong brand identity with #DowntownCG and uses downtown merch as giveaways to promote our downtown.

Event Support

Matching funds for marketing & advertising of events held in Downtown Cape Girardeau are provided in order to build community and vibrancy. Click the here for all the details and application!