Greater Mankato Growth Blog

Impact of Business Closure on Wages

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The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development maintains wage information for a variety of geographies in the state.  The most frequently updated and current data set is the Current Employment Statistics (CES).

Because of the size of the Mankato-North Mankato Metropolitan area (comprised of Blue Earth and Nicollet Counties), some information is redacted for confidentiality purposes. The only wage data available within the CES data set is for the Private Business industry sector.

What is seen in the data confirms what one would suspect in a tight labor market:  laid-off workers are seeking the higher paying jobs…and they are finding them.

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To Feed or Not To Feed The Elephant

elephant in a roomToday’s workforce is facing rapid changes and increased competition across industries. Due to the higher pressure to perform and facing constant change, managers and employees are experiencing more conflict in the workplace than ever before.
I like to consider myself an understanding person that values the opinions and feelings of others, however, conflict has the unique ability to insert itself into every aspect of my life. From maintaining relationships with family members to confronting coworkers, conflict arises whether I want it to or not. Conflict is like the elephant in the room that no one invited to the party. Unfortunately, the elephant is much too big to ignore and much too distracting to maintain productivity. There comes a point when we either feed the elephant and make it bigger or we confront the elephant and ask it to leave. Dealing with conflict in our personal and work lives can be as simple as effectively finding compromise and asking the elephant to leave.

This March, Greater Mankato Leadership Institute is pleased to host a workshop featuring Dr. Randy Richards who will be speaking on “Conflict Awareness & Positive Solutions”. Dr. Richards spent 20 years in management before becoming a professor emeritus and is currently Chairman of the Managerial Studies Department at St. Ambrose University. He teaches leadership, motivation and conflict management seminars and workshops for professionals in companies and non-profit organizations in the United States, Germany, China, Croatia and Lithuania. His seminars are known for their high-level learner involvement, practicality, energy, intensity and just plain fun!

WHEN: Wednesday, March 28, 2018
8:00 – 8:30 am – Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 am – 12:00 pm – Presentation
WHERE: Courtyard by Marriott, Mankato, MN
901 Raintree Rd, Mankato, MN 56001

RSVP required; register here.

Webinar for Training Program

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On February 13, at 10 am, the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry is conducting a webinar for a program already used by two Greater Mankato area employers.  The PIPELINE Program is a training program that is industry-based and employer-driven. Read More

Mankato Area Job Fair

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Over 50 employers are slated to have a presence at an upcoming Mankato area job fair on February 6th.

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Incentives for an Untapped Labor Pool

The Greater Mankato area is sitting at an unemployment rate of 2.5% as of December 2017.  Employers are looking for creative ways to grow their companies through new workforce recruitment tactics.  With unemployment, this low, innovative ideas need to be explored. Read More

Recently, a business development effort in the Greater Mankato area was written up by Downtown Development Center.

Downtown Development Center is a 50+-year-old organization focused on serving as a clearinghouse on practical strategies and tactics for revitalizing the hearts of cities.

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The Workforce Series (7): Tax Credit for Employers

workforce blog seriesAs part of the Greater Mankato Growth Talent Initiative, GMG is publishing a guest blog series highlighting the programs, tools and resources that are available in our marketplace. This series can serve as a catalog or library for businesses to address workforce issues. 

 

Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC)

Written by: Connie Hines, Workforce Development Specialist, MN DEED

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Boarding 3Now Available: County-Wide Public Transportation for Blue Earth, Nicollet & Le Sueur County

By Paige Schuette, Marketing Specialist, VINE

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Coupons? …on MoreMankato.com?

coupon blogHave you visited moremankato.com? The website was designed to help folks get acquainted with the community, however there are some great deals for patrons of some local businesses. Read More

The Workforce Series (6): Career and Technical Education

workforce blog seriesAs part of the Greater Mankato Growth Talent Initiative, GMG is publishing a guest blog series highlighting the programs, tools and resources that are available in our marketplace. This series can serve as a catalog or library for businesses to address workforce issues. 

 

Career and Technical Education: What is it and why is it so important?

Written by: Gwenn Wolters, Regional College and Career Readiness Coordinator, South Central Service Cooperative

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