Greater Mankato Growth Blog

Looking for Great Candidates for Local Government

I-want-you-small-for-webLike it or not, for good or bad, local government has a big impact on businesses in Greater Mankato and indeed, our overall community. Luckily, we have a strong tradition of well-run, financially-strong, clean local governments that have been a great asset, but this didn’t come by accident. It took dedicated women and men willing to step up and bring their expertise and sound judgment to bear in service to the public. Always remember that it only takes one election to make a mess of the progress we’ve collectively worked so hard to earn in our community. To be clear, this isn’t a statement about those currently in office, rather an argument that our democracy works best when we are engaged and involved in our government. That’s why it is critical that citizens are able to choose from a strong slate of candidates for local office at this November’s election. Read More

2018 Economic Forecast Luncheon Featuring Hans Olsen of Stifel

Hans OlsenJoin Greater Mankato Growth and your fellow colleagues for our April Public Affairs Forum Luncheon 2018 Economic Outlook Featuring Hans Olsen of Stifel.

Tuesday, April 10
11:30 am – 12 pm
Verizon Center, Ellerbe Room


Greater Mankato Capitol Caravan

Capitol_Caravan[1]This year, Greater Mankato Growth (GMG) is introducing Greater Mankato Capitol Caravan, a new way to advocate on behalf of your business and community. Read More

Impact of Business Closure on Wages

Job market

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development maintains wage information for a variety of geographies in the state. The most frequently updated and current data set is the Current Employment Statistics (CES).

Because of the size of the Mankato-North Mankato Metropolitan area (comprised of Blue Earth and Nicollet Counties), some information is redacted for confidentiality purposes. The only wage data available within the CES data set is for the Private Business industry sector.

What is seen in the data confirms what one would suspect in a tight labor market: laid-off workers are seeking the higher paying jobs…and they are finding them.

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To Feed or Not To Feed The Elephant

elephant in a roomToday’s workforce is facing rapid changes and increased competition across industries. Due to the higher pressure to perform and facing constant change, managers and employees are experiencing more conflict in the workplace than ever before.
I like to consider myself an understanding person that values the opinions and feelings of others, however, conflict has the unique ability to insert itself into every aspect of my life. Read More

Announcing GMG’s 2018 Policy Priorities

FromTheDomeThe Minnesota Legislature gavels into session today. As always, Greater Mankato Growth (GMG) will keep our members up to speed on key issues and provide the information you’ll need to be an advocate for your business. Be sure to stay tuned to this blog in the coming months as we post updates on key issues businesses should keep an eye on. Read More

Webinar for Training Program


On February 13, at 10 am, the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry is conducting a webinar for a program already used by two Greater Mankato area employers.  The PIPELINE Program is a training program that is industry-based and employer-driven. Read More

Greater Mankato Construction Showcase

road constructionGovernment agencies in the Greater Mankato area are ramping up for one of the largest road construction seasons in recent history in 2018. To help the public prepare, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) will host Mankato’s first ever multiagency construction showcase on Wednesday, February 21 from 4 – 6 pm at MnDOT District 7 Headquarters, 2151 Bassett Drive, Mankato.  The public is encouraged to stop by and plan for construction in 2018 on major corridors including Highways 14, 22 and 169. Read More

Mankato Area Job Fair

job fair

Over 50 employers are slated to have a presence at an upcoming Mankato area job fair on February 6th.

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Participate in the Minnesota Caucus on February 6

caucusThe November 6 general election is still eight months away, but candidates have already been on the trail for months: meeting activists, scoring endorsements and raising money.

They’re preparing for a pivotal 2018 cycle in Minnesota, an election that will include both U.S. Senate seats, an open governor’s race, three other constitutional offices, eight congressional seats, and the entire 134-seat Minnesota House of Representatives. With so much at stake, it will be a hard-fought, high-dollar election, and the first major step is just around the corner: Precinct caucuses on February 6.

The precinct caucuses on February 6 are your chance to have a say in setting your party’s platform, select delegates who may eventually go on to the party’s endorsing conventions, and cast your preferential ballot for which candidate for governor you feel your party should support.

Read on for a Q&A about how the precinct caucuses work and how you can participate. Read More