Greater Mankato Growth Blog

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

Grow Your Content Through Re-purposing

l1In order to rank your business highly, Google expects quality content; quality as judged by your audience through shares and interaction. But creating good content takes time, time many business owners simply don’t have. Here are a few ideas on how you can use existing content to increase your content offerings with a minimal amount of time. Read More

Upcoming Public Affairs Forums

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

Remember that abandoned building, old gas station, junk yard or other potentially contaminated property?  Do you look at these sites and wonder where funding could come from to make this a vital contribution to your community? Is there speculation that the sites may have contamination and considered a brownfield or are the buildings just obsolete? Read More

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

http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3000139/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 greatermankato.com/vote