Greater Mankato Growth Blog

Greater Mankato Growth staff in cooperation with City Center Partnership staff and volunteers recently completed a Marketplace Analysis for the downtown (City Center) of Mankato and North Mankato.

The document has a broad audience.  On the inside cover, there is a list of resources for businesses (an entrepreneur or a new start up).  The Greater Mankato area has a strong history of entrepreneurial success and that environment needs to be continually supported.

Additionally, there is many statistics showing the activity and traffic within the City Center for local realtors or developers to recruit new businesses to the area.  Finally, there are examples of past successful projects and marketplace behaviors for business owners who are not familiar with the market and are looking to relocate or expand.

The City Center Marketplace Analysis is available here.  The document is also being distributed in hard copy format to area businesses in the Business Walk.

Yesterday, volunteers from the City Center Partnership’s Business Development Committee helped launch a “best practice” for Business Retention and Expansion from the International Economic Development Council.  The Business Walk is pretty much what it sounds like.  Trained volunteers visit with business owners about their business, learn about their products and services, and compile any ideas or concerns.  Greater Mankato Growth staff will follow up and connect the business owner to the appropriate resource.

Most importantly, the visit is a “Thank You” to the business owner for their investment into the community.  Each business was provided a Marketplace Analysis of the City Center that includes a list of resources for business owners.

Over the coming year, Business Walks will be scheduled for different neighborhoods of the City Center.  Neighborhoods will receive a letter which shares when the volunteers will be in their neck of the woods.

If you’re interested in visit from Greater Mankato Growth staff to talk about resources or information, please email jconsidine@greatermankato.com

 

Chamber Coalition Sends Letters on Highway 14

FromTheDomeThe House and Senate have passed their comprehensive transportation bills and the next step is conference committee, which convened for the first time yesterday. While there are some very good parts of the two bills, the overall effect is the bills do not contain enough Corridors of Commerce funding to fund the completion of Highway 14 in the next 10 years. Read More

Uniform State Labor Standards Bill Up for Senate Vote

FromTheDomeTomorrow, the Minnesota Senate will vote on a bill being supported by the MN Chamber that would explicitly preempt local governments from enacting wage and benefit mandates on employers. This stems from efforts by the Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul to mandate paid safe/sick time for employers in their city (with discussions on minimum wage, paid parental leave etc. pending). The worry is that this could spread to other cities across the state, creating a patchwork of laws and mandates on businesses.

Senator Frentz is currently a “no” vote on this bill. If you’d like to weigh in with Sen. Frentz with your thoughts, now is the time to do it. You can find his contact information here. Click read more to view the action alert from the MN Chamber with more information and talking points. Read More

Why NOT to Build a Wall – The Economic Necessity of Immigration Reform

Forum-Series-Logo_SMJoin Greater Mankato Growth and your fellow colleagues for our May Public Affairs Forum Luncheon The Economic Necessity of Immigration Reform.

 

 

Wednesday, May 3
11:30 am – 1 pm
Minnesota State University, Centennial Student Union, Room 245

Register here

Hit read more for additional information. Read More

Taxes & Transportation Moving Through Legislature

FromTheDomeA big week winds up at the Legislature as all omnibus bills must pass out of committees today. Next week, the House and Senate will be busy passing all the budget and tax bills by their Easter/Passover break starting April 9th. Then it’s off to conference committees and negotiations with Governor Dayton when they get back on April 17th.

Here’s an update on where some of the top issues we’re tracking stand: Read More

Shape Mankato’s Future

CityMkto_LeadingTheWayDo you want to help shape the future of Mankato?  City officials are in the process of gathering information to develop Mankato’s next five-year strategic plan.  Consider being part of the community conversation focus group process that begins the week of April 17.  Participation is one three-hour commitment.  Register to participate by contacting 311 or 507.387.8600 today.  Available community conversation groups to register for include:  Read More

Apply for a Mankato Citizen Committee

 

CityMkto_LeadingTheWayThe City of Mankato currently has openings for several citizen committees, including the Planning Commission. I serve on the Appointments Committee that will be responsible for selecting individuals to serve on these bodies. It’s important that we have quality candidates to select from, so I’d encourage you to consider applying or recruiting another individual you think would be a good fit to apply. The Press Release from the City below provides more information. Read More

Sunday Liquor Sales

FromTheDomeA bill that would allow liquor stores to open on Sundays was passed by the MN House of Representatives earlier this week and a Senate Committee today. The next stop will be a vote by the full Senate. This is the closest Minnesota has ever come to reversing the Sunday sales ban first enacted in the 1930s. While Greater Mankato Growth has not taken a position on this bill, we wanted to be sure our members and the community had the opportunity to weigh in with their Senators with their opinion in advance of a vote that could be taken as early as next week. Read More

Taxing Times

taxing-timesIf you haven’t had a chance to pick up the February edition of Minnesota Valley Business yet, be sure to check out this month’s featured article “Taxing times.” It features David Richards of Jones Metal (a member of Greater Mankato Growth’s Public Affairs Steering Committee) and Patrick Baker, GMG’s Director of Government & Institutional Affairs talking about a topic that is top of mind for many during this tax season – the state’s business tax climate.

Read the full article online here.