Do 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–and no later than 4:30 pm on Wednesday, March 29. Available community conversation groups to register for include: Read More
The 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
A 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
Four times a year Greater Mankato Growth distributes a survey to area businesses regarding multiple metrics in order to gather how the economy performed during previous quarter and what businesses project for the upcoming quarter. Additionally, a unique inquiry is posed in each quarter to gain topical insight to the local economy.
The fourth quarter, October – December, was strong for the Greater Mankato economy. The strong end of year was forecasted in the previous survey as well, as business projected that nearly all metrics would be up versus the same time last year. Read More
Greater Mankato at the Capitol is the largest citizen advocacy event from our region. NEW in 2017, we are partnering with the Minnesota and Rochester Chambers of Commerce to hold a joint event on Wednesday, March 8 that will be bigger, better and will have more impact than ever.
Here are the Top 10 Reasons why YOU should attend Greater Mankato at the Capitol: Read More
Last week Governor Dayton signed into law SF 1, bipartisan legislation providing a premium relief to those buying health insurance in the individual health insurance market in 2017. While providing relief to the individual market was certainly the focus of the legislation, the bill also included important Minnesota Chamber-backed provisions for small employers which are outlined below. Read More
Our economy is facing a critical workforce shortage.
Over the next five years, employers – already struggling to fill open positions – will see this challenge accelerate due to the confluence of an aging workforce, a diminishing worker pool and the need to fuel an anticipated 20 percent growth in new employment due to economic growth.
Greater Mankato Growth convened a talent task force which is charged with initiating a collective community response, stemming from a framework of strategic priorities. The Talent Task Force will share this framework at the summit as the guiding document. Read More