Greater Mankato Growth Blog

Last December, two former education leaders in Minnesota wrote an op-ed in the Star-Tribune calling for the state to “re-energize” efforts in innovation because the Bold North is failing to deliver “the talented workforce and innovation that are key to economic vitality and quality of life.” So I was curious. Where did we in Greater Mankato fit in?

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The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (424 North Riverfront Drive) is hosting a free event on Feb. 13 from 6-7:30 pm for entrepreneurs who want to see their business consistently run better and grow faster.

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On Tuesday, Feb. 19, the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry is hosting a session on registered apprenticeships and the benefits of growing and sustaining an innovative workforce.

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The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development released the December 2018 employment figures today. The Mankato – North Mankato Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) saw a gain of 2,379 jobs or 4% year-over-year in the month of December, which led all metropolitan areas in the state. Mankato-North Mankato has lead the state in job growth every month of 2018. 

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Middle school physics tied to a prepared future workforce

With C-suite execs worried about their future workforce, one argument is we need to start preparing our children early and “rewire” the students’ brains for complex, analytical thinking. Critical thinking is the baseline for any career choice, especially in such a rapidly changing economic environment.

This and more in the article “The War For Talent.”

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A fresh perspective and constructive criticism are strong tools for growth. Incorporating young minds with thriving companies is a recipe for success. The GreenSeam staff and action teams were fortunate enough to witness this success through GreenSeam’s partnership with Lime Valley Advertising and the Computers in Society (IT202W) course at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

The course focuses on the complex social and ethical issues associated with computers and other technology within today’s society. The class consists of 50 students. For their final, students were divided into ten groups and challenged with finding ways to improve GreenSeam’s business directory. On Tuesday, Dec. 4, they assisted in judging the student’s final presentations. With the help of GreenSeam, Lime Valley Advertising and the student’s research and findings, the students created presentations that were engaging, knowledgeable and informative. The common theme for ideas was to create a directory that showcases the businesses in a more interactive way, utilizing the map and images.

GreenSeam is currently reviewing each idea in more detail. Stay tuned and watch greenseam.org/business-directory for improvements.

GreenSeam is a business unit of Greater Mankato Growth, Inc.

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development released the November 2018 employment figures today. The Mankato – North Mankato Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) saw a gain of 1,537 jobs or 2.6% year over year in the month of November, which led all metropolitan areas in the state. This is the 11th straight month of Mankato-North Mankato leading the state in job growth. 

Manufacturing saw the highest growth rate ever in the month of November, 1.7% from October 2018.  This indicates the manufacturing sector is continuing to ramp up.

For graphs on employment trends click here: https://greatermankato.com/current-employment-statistics-jobs-data

 

These zones spell opportunity for Mankato

ozoneWith what Forbes Magazine called “the most unbelievable tax break ever,” Mankato has a great shot at accelerating improvements in its Renaissance plan for downtown.

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Mankato’s Global Entrepreneurship Week

GE_WEEKThe Minnesota State University, Mankato College of Business Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship invites all students, faculty, staff and the entire community to an international celebration of entrepreneurship.

Greater Mankato Growth is proud to be a supporting partner for this week-long schedule of events.  These are great opportunities for emerging entrepreneurs to connect with existing business professionals.  By attending you will play a part in supporting local innovation and supporting new start-up enterprises. Read More

Notification: No Local Connection to Award for Purchase

Area businesses have been receiving email correspondence notifying them they have won an award from a website identifying itself as “northmankato.”

The email invites the business to claim their award, however, you must purchase the award for $150.

This email, award, and website are not affiliated with the City of North Mankato or Greater Mankato Growth, Inc.

Blue Zones Project Event

Greater Mankato serves as a comprehensive, regional medical hub with two leading medical organizations providing a wide variety of advanced services. Over the years both of these organizations have dramatically expanded their services, minimizing the need to travel for specialized medical treatment. Ease of access to affordable health care is just one of the many reasons Greater Mankato is a perfect place to call home. For this reason and more, the Greater Mankato Growth Talent Initiative feels it is critical to share important and timely information to help mobilize the community around talent attraction and retention. Read more about an upcoming event in this guest blog post by Randy Farrow, CEO of the Mankato Clinic.

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On Wednesday, Nov. 7th (8:30 – 10:00 am) the Mankato Chapter of One Million Cups will be celebrating its one year anniversary. This is a free event focused on promoting innovation and entrepreneurship.

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