Current Projects
Projects & Initiatives

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 of them below.

Downtown Cape Girardeau Strategic Plan

Downtown Cape 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. The new Downtown Cape Girardeau Strategic Plan can be viewed below.


Mississippi River Tales Mural Lighting

Through the work of Old Town Cape, in partnership with the City of Cape Girardeau and VisitCape, the organization completed the cleaning and installation of lights to the Cape Girardeau River Tales Mural along the Mississippi River flood wall. This project allows downtown visitors to feel safe while walking along the flood wall at night.

Ben Matthews, Southeast Missourian

To view a virtual gallery of the Mississippi River Tales Murals, click here.

Books with images and descriptions of each mural are also available for sale at the Old Town Cape office for $10 each.

Cape Girardeau Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit
Old 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. View the video below to see the 2020 exhibit and click here to read statements from the artists. Learn more at

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!