Greater Mankato Growth Blog

Take the Highway 14 Partnership Survey

14 logoFor four years, the Legislature has been talking about a comprehensive transportation funding bill. Yet again, they have adjourned without a solution.

The U.S. Highway 14 Partnership has put together a brief survey to help Legislators understand what people are thinking about transportation funding. Please fill it out (it should take less than 5 minutes) and feel free to share the link with your contacts who might be interested as well. Results will be released after Labor Day.

Highway 14 Partnership Survey

Transportation Alliance Breakfast

The Minnesota Transportation Alliance, one of the state’s foremost associations advocating on behalf of transportation issues is hosting a no-charge breakfast in Mankato at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel on September 8 from 7:30 – 9:00 am. Read More

Growing a Greater Mankato Campaign Launched

Growing a Greater Mankato logoLast week Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. along with the community volunteers serving on the Sales Tax Extension Committee launched a public education campaign known as Growing a Greater Mankato to inform voters about the proposed extension of the existing local 0.5% sales tax by the Cities of Mankato and North Mankato. Read More

The City of Mankato has finalized an update to the community’s housing study.  A study was completed in 2013, however the activity in residential development and other market factors have made an update necessary.

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Primary Election on Tuesday

votingsignsMinnesota’s primary election is next Tuesday, August 9. Voters will be asked to winnow down the field of candidates in a number of races, including for the House of Representatives and state legislature.

If voting on Tuesday is a problem, you can vote absentee by going to your city or county office up until the day before the election.

You can get all the information you’ll need to cast an informed ballot, including what will be on your ballot, by going to

Four Tips to Creating Viral Content for Your Business

Tips to Creating Viral ContentMaybe you’ve heard the old saying, in order to win the lottery you first have to play. That’s about the extent to any advice someone can give you on how to win. Yes, there are superstitions out there and number theories, but in the end, the only way to guarantee you could win the lottery is by playing.

The same can be said for viral content. There is not guarantee your content will go viral but if you do these things, it could go viral. While I can’t make any guarantees about lightning striking in the viral content lottery, I can tell you if you create content your audience finds valuable or entertaining, you’re more likely for it to happen.

Here are a few suggestions on how to create content people love:

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Upcoming Public Affairs Forums

PrintJoin Greater Mankato Growth for our upcoming July and August Public Affairs Forums:

These events bring together compelling speakers and business leaders to discuss timely and relevant political and policy issues. Read More

Uncovering the Job Gap

Facing my last semester as a senior (second year) in college I was facing thee question, what next? Time for reality, a full-time “grown-up” job was hopefully coming my way very, very soon. But how was I going to find it? For an anthropology major I maybe should have dissected the career opportunities and employment potential a little further, but none-the-less I was determined to land a job as, get this – an archeologist.

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Unemployment Insurance Tax Refund Headed Your Way

FromTheDomeAs a result of the state’s unemployment insurance system collecting more than it needs to remain solvent, a bill was signed into law this year that will provide payroll tax relief of $258 million in the unemployment insurance system. Most employers will receive a credit on their 2016 unemployment insurance premium totaling approximately 40 percent. Notices are being mailed from the Department of Employment and Economic Development and will be arriving soon. Read More

Moving from Cancer Survivor to Cancer Patient…TEMPORARILY

(Warning: Transformation Ahead)

JZ standing 2016While not likely new to any of you, I’ve been a multiple cancer survivor for more than two and a half years. During that time, I have been blessed to have phenomenal, integrated and patient centric health care from the Mankato Clinic, Mayo Clinic Health System and Mayo Clinic. From original diagnosis to the multitude of surgeries, both targeted at the cancer to complications, the physicians and medical staff across these three facilities and operations have demonstrated why the Livability in our community is so enticing. Read More


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