Greater Mankato Growth Blog

Pulling back the curtain

We at Greater Mankato Growth (GMG) can sometimes look pretty mysterious. What does GMG do? It doesn’t hold property, make anything or have a profit stream. Just what is it anyway?

Program Builds Strong Leaders, Lasting Relationships

By Shannon Gullickson, Talent Programs Director For 33 years Greater Mankato Leadership Institute has provided the area’s only comprehensive leadership training program that provides a three-pronged curriculum model focused on personal growth, professional development and community involvement.

Powerful visual shows erosion, shift of middle class

I don’t think I’ve seen a more powerful graphic of just how much change has happened with the middle class in America than this report from the Pew Research Center and Financial Times. It also dramatically shows the income divide in… Read More

Greater Mankato News Digest

Welcome to your Greater Mankato News Digest |  March 2 – March 15 Every other week we will share news highlights and headlines of Greater Mankato Growth as well as a recap of our Member News feature that just launched… Read More


CELEBRATING  NATIONAL  AG  WEEK “National Ag Week” is being celebrated March 13-19 all across the United States, as well as in Minnesota, with Tuesday, March 15, being designated as “National Ag Day”. As we celebrate “National Ag Week”,… Read More

J&J’s Water Cooler Talk: Old Town

Jim Santori is the New Business Development Director at Greater Mankato Growth (GMG).  John Considine is the Director of Regional Business Intelligence at GMG.  They work together to grow the regional business marketplace. JOHN: So Jim, Old Town… Read More

Legislature Opens: What You Need to Know

The Minnesota Legislature gavels into session today. They face a short 11 weeks to tackle significant policy priorities before they must adjourn on May 23rd. The big news is that the Legislature has a surplus of $900 million,… Read More

Minnesota economy has a stake in rail – study

When you talk about transportation needs, this report argues that freight rail is critical to the economic well being of Minnesota and should not be overlooked when discussing transportation funding. As reported by Capitol Report, freight rail is… Read More

The Super Bowl and Greater Mankato

In May of 2014, the NFL awarded Minnesota the 52nd Super Bowl.  The game itself will be played in U.S. Bank Stadium, however the event will stretch out across the entire state.  The vision of Super Bowl LII… Read More

Policy Priorities for 2016

The Minnesota Legislature will gavel into session on March 8. 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…. Read More