The City of Cape Girardeau, serving a growing population of 39,000. The city is located between St. Louis and Memphis on the Mississippi River and Interstate 55. It is home to Southeast Missouri State University and serves the region as the hub for employment, education, retail, recreation and healthcare, with a daytime population exceeding 100,000. The City of Cape Girardeau operates under a council-manager form of government with the Mayor elected at-large and six City Council members elected from their respective wards. The City has a $60+ million operating budget with 400+ full-time employees, a $25 million capital projects budget, and a Standard & Poor’s National Municipal Bond rating of “A+.” Major City departments include Administration, Development Services, Parks and Recreation, Public Works, Police, Fire/EMS, and the Cape Girardeau Regional Airport.