Caruthersville is the county seat of Pemiscot County in the southeast Missouri corner known as the “Bootheel.” The city sits along the Mississippi River about 200 miles south of St. Louis.  Caruthersville enjoys access to the Mississippi River and is the location of the only bridge over the river between Cairo, Illinois and Memphis, Tennessee.  Downtown is protected by a flood wall and is very dependents on the Mississippi River,as the Lady Luck Casino and the nearby Pemiscot County Port District are the region’s largest employers.

In 2006, Caruthersville was hit by a devastating F3 tornado that destroyed numerous buildings and residences, including the city’s high school. Following the storm, the community of 6,200 banded together and launched recovery efforts with assistance from the state of Missouri and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. With these efforts still underway, the community applied for and received DREAM designation in 2007. Current projects in the community include:

  • Expanding streetscape elements installed by the Lady Luck Casino, one of Caruthersville’s primary employers
  • Beginning construction on a new high school
  • Using funding provided by the Home Repair Opportunity (HeRO) program, a Missouri Housing Development Commission program, to repair qualifying residential properties and demolish damaged buildings
  • Utilizing Department of Economic Development financing assistance to create a façade restoration revolving loan program
  • Purchasing property to serve as a municipal welcome center
  • Considering the establishment of building design guidelines

For more information about the Missouri DREAM Initiative activities in Caruthersville, please contact John Ferguson at (573)333-4125.