City leaders swap ideas

City leaders swap ideas
By: Mike Shain

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - It may be different rivers, but similar cities as well as similar problems and opportunities.

Paducah city leaders were in Cape Monday looking over the river campus and other places as the two cities continues swapping ideas.

Cape made a visit to Paducah earlier.

In Cape, new buildings centered around an old seminary whiche were achieved through imagination and city/university cooperation on financing.

Paducah's down much the same on its riverfront.

"They really put their money where their mouth is when it came to support of the downtown," said Cape Girardeau Mayor Jay Knudtson.

"So now we need to have groceries down there. We need to have drug stores down there. We need to have retail shops to go along with our restaurants. Your have to give incentives. It's not going to happen otherwise," said Paducah Mayor Bill Paxton.

The mayors see other opportunities to cooperate.

Foremost, obtaining land for construction of a coal gasification plant at Cairo.

Mayor Paxton said Cape, Paducah, and Cairo will share in the economic growth.

He and Mayor Knudtson said the two cities should work to bring together congressional delegations from Illinois, Kentucky and Missouri to get the plans approved.