In the early 2000s, our community began Envision 2020 planning process, a comprehensive planning document spanning across municipal jurisdictions and connecting to the broader region. In 2006, the 400+ stakeholders of Envision 2020 rolled out a set of goals in 6 Key Performance Areas.
The following year the City of Mankato kept the momentum going rolling out another planning document identified as a need from Envision 2020: The City Center Renaissance Plan. This document focused on the downtown and identified potential projects and programs.
As you look through Envision 2020 and the City Center Renaissance Plan, most of the items on the lists have been checked off. The downtown of our community has transformed in alignment with the community vision painted nearly 20 years ago.
But how does that translate to dollars invested into the City Center? Read More
The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development released the April 2019 employment figures on Thursday. The Mankato – North Mankato Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) saw a gain of 501 jobs or 0.9% year-over-year in the month of April.
Private sector hourly earning have significantly increased over the last two years. Since April of 2017, wages have increased 12.3%; to $26.87 per hour. Average hours worked (27.8 a week) has decreased as more employers try to offer flexible schedules to fill vacant positions.
Manufacturing employment jumped up 3.3% in April. This is the second highest (2017) rate of growth since 2001.
As part of the Talent Initiative, Greater Mankato Growth 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.
Mark Davis, chairman of Davis Family Holdings, will address entrepreneurs and business professionals on May 21. The following guest blog courtesy of a SCORE volunteer outlines the presentation with some background on Davis.