Greater Mankato Growth Blog

The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry released a statement earlier this month outlining the upcoming minimum wage rate increase effective January 1, 2018.

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On Wednesday, September 20th the Bureau of Economic Analysis released the 2016 Gross Domestic Product figures for Metropolitan areas across the country.

Gross domestic product (GDP) by metropolitan area is the sub-state counterpart of the Nation’s gross domestic product (GDP), the Bureau’s featured and most comprehensive measure of U.S. economic activity. GDP by metropolitan area is derived as the sum of the GDP originating in all the industries in the metropolitan area. Read More

There are a lot of fun things about the Greater Mankato area.  Everyone has their favorite activities to do with friends and family.   Maybe you’re a resident of our community or maybe there is something that regularly brings you to town.   Read More

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The South Central Tour of Manufacturing Partnership invites all manufacturing businesses from across South Central Minnesota to participate in the 2017 Tour of Manufacturing. This year we will be expanding the experience and hosting TWO days; Thursday, October 5 from 9 am — 3 pm (focusing on the student population of South Central Minnesota) and Saturday, October 7 from 9 am — 1 pm. The events will be open to everyone. The tour is similar to a “Parade of Homes” that is FREE to students, job seekers and the general public. Community members will be able to stop by throughout the day for a self-guided tour or a guided tour of any of the participating manufacturers.

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Occupations in Demand (OID) lists current career opportunities in a region as determined by regularly updated local labor market data. The OID list for a region is the group of occupations that rank highest on a Current Demand Indicator, which measures short-term demand for jobs locally.

OID can be used by job seekers and employment counselors for job search and career planning.

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In July, the State Demographic Center released their population estimates for cities and townships in Minnesota.

Below is a summary of the growth of all the cities in Blue Earth and Nicollet Counties: Read More

…in front of Upper Midwesterners, Southern Minnesotans, potential new residents and tourists by having a presence in Kato X.  Kato X is a virtual tour web platform and robust marketing campaign – where seeing is believing!

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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 the 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. Read More

GMG Member Benefit: Certificate of Origin Certification

free_tradeDoing business overseas that requires a Certificate of Origin stamp? As a member business of Greater Mankato Growth, that service is included in your membership. A Certificate of Origin is an important international trade document that certifies goods in a particular export shipment are wholly obtained, produced, manufactured or processed in a particular country. GMG will certify your paperwork at no cost ($100 value per certificate). Non-GMG members pay a premium of $10 per stamp. Contact our Director of Member Relations & Office Operations, Karen Toft. Read More

Greater Mankato Growth Inc. recently announced a new web platform, Kato X, for talent recruitment and tourism. The image above shows the draft prototype of the platform.

The virtual reality software highlights area amenities and shows potential residents or visitors unique attractions our region has to offer…in a really cool way.

Here are the Top 10 reasons why you should check out Kato X:

10.  Show “Cousin Paul in Missoula” how versatile and vibrant the community is in Mankato, MN. He’s been talking up Missoula over Thanksgiving…now you can make the case for your (home) town.

9.  Not familiar with Greater Mankato? Check out the list of Tour Stops: from the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota to the CityArt Sculpture Walk, from our rivers, lakes and trails to the Verizon Center…all making Greater Mankato a wonderful place to live, work and play.

8.  Check out the list of recent awards and accolades bestowed up Greater Mankato…everything from fantastic wineries to amazing parks.

7.  Listen to testimonials from families who chose to move to Greater Mankato. What do they like about the area that made them decide to call our community home.

6.  Okay, I know I want to live here, but…where? Get a comprehensive list of housing resources for your big move.

5.  I’ve been hired by a company in Greater Mankato but I don’t know where to get daycare or set up utilities.  We’ve got you covered with information on common relocation questions.

4.  Where are my kids going to go to school? Get connected to public and private school options.

3. What are my healthcare options in Greater Mankato? Find all the top tier healthcare providers in the area.

2. Find the “hidden Easter eggs.” Each tour stop has multiple “activation icons” where you can click to learn more about Greater Mankato.

1. Seeing is believing! Check out the enhanced 360° videos and photos, or the assortment of aerial imagery that brings Greater Mankato to life — right on your computer or mobile device.

Kato X is going to be big… four to five million sets-of-eyes-big. If your business is interested in subscribing to Kato X to assist in the recruitment of talent or for driving customer traffic, visit greatermankato.com/talent.