Southeast’s Engagement Center Hosts Local Development Program with Leadership Cape

The Economic and Business Engagement Center at Southeast Missouri State University recently hosted “Up and Out” as a part of Cape Girardeau’s premier leadership program Leadership Cape.

The Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Cape is designed to identify and motivate emerging leaders and to develop their potential for community leadership roles by exposing them to opportunities, realities and challenges of the local area. As part of the 2018 cohort, ‘Up and Out,” designed by the Center’s economic developers, participants assess, become educated about and measure community assets and opportunities.

“The Cape Girardeau area has an incredible number of resources to help support and grow our leaders and business community. But as it often happens, many of the great resources are not known to everyone who could benefit from them,” said Jakob Pallesen, director of the Small Business and Technology Development Center at Southeast’s Economic and Business Engagement Center. “‘Up and Out’ is one of the ways we try to create more awareness and discussion about what resources we already have, as well as what we think the community would benefit from investing more in.”

Various topics were discussed during the session such as infrastructure, retention, expansion and tourism and the role they play in developing Cape Girardeau.

“‘Up and Out’ was a fitting component to add to our final Leadership Cape session, Developing Cape,” said Kim Voelker, vice president of the Cape Chamber. “The session was designed to provide a broad overview of economic development in our area to the participants.”

Leadership Cape is open to individuals who have a genuine interest in leadership, who desire to increase their own levels of involvement, and who wish to broaden their knowledge. Twenty-nine individuals graduated from the program this summer.

The Economic and Business Engagement Center is offering to host “Up and Out” programs for communities and organizations across the southeast Missouri region. Interested participants are asked to contact Project Coordinator Kelli Behrle at (573) 651-2287 or kbehrle@gmail.com.

About Southeast’s Economic and Business Engagement Center:

The mission of the Economic and Business Engagement Center is to foster business, community and workforce development and facilitate the process of innovation to enhance the regional economy and support the transfer of institutional knowledge and resources derived from within the University to the external environment to create new, high-value jobs, positive economic and social benefits, and advance entrepreneurship. Learn more about the Economic and Business Engagement Center at engage.semo.edu.

Photo Caption: Jakob Pallesen, director of the Small Business and Technology Development Center at Southeast’s Economic and Business Engagement Center, leads the “Up and Out” program as a part of Cape Girardeau’s premier leadership program Leadership Cape