Becoming “More” of a Cancer Patient… AGAIN…

JZ_2017_SmallIt’s been more than 4 ½ years since I was diagnosed with kidney and prostate cancer, and two years since I last penned an open letter to our business community about my health. My cancer journey has been generously documented and shared through our local media (KEYC, The Free Press and Radio Mankato), as well as our own CaringBridge site (https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/jonathanzierdt), my earlier letter/blog post and the Jonathan Zierdt Cancer Fund . So, if you are interested in the bulk of that history I’d invite you to visit any of those sources.

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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. Continue reading “Moving from Cancer Survivor to Cancer Patient…TEMPORARILY”

A NEW list – how does Greater Mankato measure up?

Every day we all have the opportunity to read a variety of articles, media, perspectives, etc.  Much of it we likely take in quickly and move on, some of it perhaps even impacting our thinking.  BUT, sometimes we read something that stops us…beckons us to return to it, re-read it, causes us to reflect…and may even serve as some type of productive inspiration for us going forward.

One of the talented professionals with whom I am blessed to work, Megan Flanagan (our Director of the City Center Partnership), shared this short article from The Atlantic Magazine, Eleven Signs a City Will Succeed by James Fallows.

This is a list we definitely want to do well on, and unlike many other lists, the metrics of this one are clear and tell us exactly what we can do as a community to do better.  I’m inspired by this list of eleven signs; probably because as someone who has spent a great deal of time working in community, the list makes sense to me.  And if I’m being honest, I also probably like it because as Trudie Gustafson (our EVP) said, “We have many of the signs!!!”

Take a few minutes to read the article…and let me know what you think.

Beyond the Bucket List – My State of the Union Experience

SOTU TicketWhere to start? Being invited as a Special Guest to the State of the Union by one’s sitting Congressman … my goodness.

I’m not certain I have a “bucket list.” If I have something on “my list” then I try to get after it as soon as possible. But even if I did have a list of those “once in a lifetime” or “beyond everyday reach” types of items … Continue reading “Beyond the Bucket List – My State of the Union Experience”

Another cool list we appear on…

Community leaders knew when we formed Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. in 2007 we were certainly taking a more unique approach to regional, community based business development.  But I’m not sure we realized the name we selected would be viewed as far reaching, future positioning and trend setting as it appears to be.  We are delighted Christina Green chose to call us out and place us on the list in her current blog post “Chamber of Commerce”: What’s in a Title…thanks for the kudo’s!  Read her full post:  http://frankjkenny.com/chamber-of-commerce-whats-in-a-title/

Megan Flanagan new Director of City Center Partnership

We are excited to annouMegan Fnce Megan Flanagan has been selected as our Director of the City Center Partnership. She joins the Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. team with more than 15 years of experience in the nonprofit and government sector and a portfolio of skills required to lead, facilitate and manage the business of community based, volunteer organizations. Continue reading “Megan Flanagan new Director of City Center Partnership”