Greater Mankato Growth Blog

Help Shape Our 2017 Policy Priorities

FromTheDomeThe Legislature will gavel into session on January 3, 2017. With a budget surplus of $1.4 billion and several key policy issues like taxes and transportation unresolved following the 2016 session, next year’s legislative session promises to be very important to our community and businesses. I’m looking for your input to help shape our organization’s policy priorities for 2017. Read More

The Mankato Workforce Center is hosting a Job Fair next Wednesday, December 7th from 10 am to 2 pm.  The event is free and open to anyone seeking employment.  The Workforce Center is located at 12 Civic Center Plaza, Mankato, MN in the Mankato Place Mall.

Companies that will be attending:

Agropur (formerly Davisco) in Le Sueur

Openings in Production, Lab, Janitorial, and Office/Professional.

For more information see: www.daviscofoods.com

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Overtime Rule Blocked

DOL SealA federal judge in Texas has blocked the Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) new federal overtime rule, which would have raised the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA’s) salary threshold for exemption from overtime pay from $23,660 to $47,476.

Judge Amos Mazzant of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas granted a preliminary injunction on Nov. 22 in a lawsuit challenging the DOL’s authority to raise the salary threshold. For now, businesses and employees are in a holding pattern.

What does this mean for employers? Here are some questions businesses may be grappling with in the aftermath. Read More

Countywide public transportation is coming to rural Blue Earth, Nicollet and Le Sueur counties.  Please help shape the new transit system to best fit our community’s needs by taking a short online survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/tricountytransit.

This built out system will go a long way towards improving commuting by connecting affordable housing to employment destinations.

There are actually two separate initiatives that are collaborating on transportation planning. A second planning process is focused on connecting Saint Peter, Le Sueur and Mankato via the Highway 169 corridor.

The survey above is in regards to the Tri-County Transit system, which will include rural portions of Blue Earth, Nicollet and Le Sueur counties, utilizing a combination of routes and dial-a-ride features and working as much as possible in combination with other city systems. Each group knows the other is working and will continue to work in tandem to complement each other’s services.

Have questions or need a paper copy of the survey?  Contact Mike at 507.720.5470 or mikel@vinevolunteers.com.

According to Moody’s Analytics, the Mankato-North Mankato MSA (Blue Earth and Nicollet Counties) has the Lowest Cost of Doing Business in Minnesota and the 8th lowest in the Upper Midwest (MN, IA, WI, SD, ND).

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The Mankato-North Mankato Metropolitan Statistical Area (Blue Earth and Nicollet Counties) is one of the hardest working and most productive metros in the country.

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Candidate Profiles Now Available Online

vote-2016Profiles of candidates participating in the November 8, 2016 elections in our region are now available on Greater Mankato Growth’s election website greatermankatoelections.com. The information was provided directly from the candidates vying for office. Read More

On Sept. 20, the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) released the 2015 Gross Domestic Product (GDP) figures for Metropolitan Areas across the country.

Over the last year, the Mankato-North Mankato Metropolitan Statistical Area (Blue Earth and Nicollet Counties) ranks 3rd in the upper Midwest (Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, North Dakota, and South Dakota) and 1st in Minnesota in Real GDP growth. Out of 382 MSAs in the country, we ranked 87th for highest growth.

Table:  Upper Midwest MSAs GDP Growth Read More

Greater Mankato Growth Announces Candidate Forums

vote-2016This election season, Greater Mankato Growth, along with several partner organizations, will host a series of candidate forums aimed at providing an opportunity for meaningful exchange between candidates and voters in areas impacting the community, business and the overall vitality of the region. The public is invited to attend any and all of these free events. There is no registration needed for the candidate forums.

The scheduled forums include: Read More