Cape Girardeau, Missouri

Cape Girardeau, population 40,000, is a beautiful town in southeastern Missouri, located on the banks of the Mississippi River. Like many rural communities, its economy had struggled to rebound from the Great Recession, and while the economy was transitioning to more tech-based employment, Cape Girardeau was slow to develop a digital economy.

The Rural Edge series

At CORI, we have a saying: once you’ve seen one rural community, you’ve seen one rural community. America’s small towns are diverse and dynamic, and through our work with our Rural Innovation Network, we have the privilege of working in depth with 18 communities building digital economy ecosystems. To highlight these incredible places, Siegel Family Endowment and the Walmart Foundation provided funding for us to create video case studies highlighting our communities’ efforts.

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