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Cape Girardeau - The New Main Street
Isle Casino Cape Girardeau is excited to announce that Cape Girardeau has been named a national winner in the 2015 Great American Main Street Awards (GAMSA). Sponsored by the National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, this highly selective award is only given out after strict criteria have been met. Cape Girardeau was one of only three towns across the nation to be awarded this prestigious honor!
The accolade is no surprise to those that have visited the charming area known as Old Town Cape and witnessed Cape Girardeau’s efforts at revitalization. Known for its commitment to bringing out the best in the local community, Cape Girardeau has become a thriving hub for local artisans, showcasing regional talent as well as drawing big-name performers. A thriving marketplace draws shoppers who discover unique finds at boutiques and enjoy the quaint storefronts.
In the past year alone, Cape Girardeau has invested over $6.6 million in its downtown, helping to create or relocate 34 new businesses and creating 85 new jobs. The result is a popular riverfront, a public art corridor and other cultural attractions which are part of a bustling environment where there's always something going on.
Even Hollywood couldn’t resist the charms of this all-American town, choosing to shoot on location for the movie thriller, "Gone Girl." Visitors can take an online driving tour viewing the various movie shoot locations.
Rising to the top from thousands of applicants, Cape Girardeau followed the Main Street Four-Point Approach created by the National Main Street Center. The program is designed to help towns preserve their local history and buildings while simultaneously reviving and revitalizing the local economy, culture and community. It focuses on sustainability and complete support using the following concepts:
• Organization: Establishing consensus and cooperation from everyone who has a stake in the success of the "main street," and then building a framework delineating priorities and delegating jobs, tasks and responsibilities among paid staff as well as volunteers.
• Promotion: Using a variety of channels, the goal is to get residents and businesses to spread the word about the great features of their community, such as architecture, history and unique experiences.
• Design: Focusing on the visual appeal, design concepts help channel efforts into the most effective ways to improve and highlight historic buildings, streets, walkways, storefronts, landscapes and natural resources.
• Economic Restructuring: Focuses on unused or underused historical spaces, as well as encouraging sustainable businesses in addition to inviting new merchants.
In a spectacular location in southern Missouri, Cape Girardeau sits on the Mississippi River just north of where the mighty Ohio River joins it on its march south. An area rich in history and natural wonders, four other states are within a half day’s drive or less of Cape Girardeau: Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee and Arkansas.
And right in the middle of all this growth and revitalization is the Isle®! With non-stop excitement, we offer a world-class destination experience right in America’s heartland. For those who like their gaming hot with non-stop action, we offer a wide variety of slots and video gaming. And for those who prefer the fun of table games, we have several poker options, as well as craps, blackjack, roulette and baccarat.
In addition to the most exciting gaming around, we have great entertainment from well-known names as well as up-and-coming talent. Followed up with multiple dining options, the amenities appeal to the fine diners as well as those just wanting to grab a quick bite before heading back to the action.
Continuous promotions and events entice both the novice and serious player. Whether a girls’ weekend is in the cards, a special celebration like a 30th anniversary or a much-needed getaway, the Isle is the perfect place to make it happen.
We are thrilled to partner with such a vibrant and progressive community. The exciting synergy between the two will only grow as visitors flock to enjoy the flourishing town as well as the world-class excitement and entertainment the casino provides.