Greater Mankato Growth Blog

Eying the Political Storm – 2018 Election Preview Breakfast Forum

election 2018Register now for Greater Mankato Growth’s September Public Affairs Breakfast Forum: Eying the Political Storm – 2018 Election Preview. The 2018 election season is just around the corner—do you know which candidates, issues, and trends are most likely to have an impact on your business? We’ll be joined by Todd Rapp and Maureen Shaver, two of Minnesota’s most respected political experts as they break down the 2018 elections from a state and national perspective.

Thursday, September 27
7:30 – 9:00 am
Sakatah Trail Room, 1961 Premier Dr., Mankato

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Election Season Means Candidate Forums

candidate forums.pngThis election season, Greater Mankato Growth, along with several partner organizations will host a series of candidate forums aimed at providing an opportunity for meaningful exchange between candidates and voters in areas impacting the community, business and the overall vitality of the region. Greater Mankato Growth is announcing the forums for federal and state office that our organization will host in advance of the November General Election. The public is invited to attend any and all of these free events. There is no registration needed for the candidate forums. We continue to work on arranging candidate forums for local offices and an announcement on those forums will be forthcoming.

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2019 Transportation Priorities Forum

2018_Forum SeriesRSVP now for a free breakfast forum with elected officials and candidates on transportation issues in the Greater Mankato Region.

Wednesday, September 5
7:30 – 9:00 am
1961 Premier Dr., Mankato
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Journeys of Leadership Featuring Dan & Angie Bastian

journeys bastiansGreater Mankato Growth is pleased to announce that Dan and Angie Bastian will be the featured guest speakers at the fourth annual Journeys of Leadership on September 20. This annual dinner event spotlights leading business executives on the national and international stage in candid conversations about their road to success and insights on leadership.

Register now for what promises to be a fantastic evening. Read More

Gubernatorial Forum in Mankato

meet the candidatesWith the August 14 Primary Election right around the corner, the candidates running for Governor will appear next week, Thursday, July 26 in Mankato to participate in a candidate forum on Greater Minnesota issues. This event is free and open to the public. Check out the forum flyer below for more information. We look forward to seeing you!

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Upcoming Candidate Forums for City of Mankato & Blue Earth County

20160428_104242_candidates button_300Primary Election Day in Minnesota is August 14, 2018. At this election, voters will determine which candidates will move on to the November General Election for federal, state and local races. This year, an extraordinary number of candidates are running in the Primary Election for open seats for the City of Mankato Mayor and City Council as well as Blue Earth County Board of Commissioners. To ensure that the public has an opportunity to engage with these candidates and evaluate their qualifications prior to casting their vote, Greater Mankato Growth will host candidate forums for those running in the August 14 Primary Election for City of Mankato Mayor & City Council and Blue Earth County Board of Commissioners. The public is invited to attend all of these free events. No registration needed.

The schedule of Greater Mankato Growth’s pre-primary forums include: Read More

Individuals with Refugee and Asylee Status in the Workforce: What Employers Need to Know

2018_Forum SeriesRegister now for a luncheon workshop on August 8 – Individuals with Refugee and Asylee Status in the Workforce: What Employers Need to Know. 

Individuals with refugee and asylee status are able to work without restrictions from the start of their time in the U.S. However, it can be complicated for employers and individuals to understand the process and the documents that the government provides and uses for the I-9. Given the workforce shortages we’re experiencing across the region, it’s essential that employers are equipped to employ the entire talent pool available to them. To help employers navigate these issues, Greater Mankato Growth is hosting this workshop with experts from the State of Minnesota’s Office of Resettlement Programs and the Minnesota Council of Churches. At this event, employers and hiring managers will gain a much better understanding of the rules and procedures surrounding employing refugees and asylees. There will also be time for Q&A so that you can get your most pressing questions answered.

Wednesday, August 8
11:30 am – 1:00 pm
ISG (115 E. Hickory St., Suite 300), 3rd Floor Conference Room

You can register and get more information HERE. Read More

Free Trade and the Impact on Minnesota

2018_Forum SeriesRegister now for a free luncheon forum on June 20 – Free Trade and the Impact on Minnesota. With international trade supporting more than a quarter million jobs in Minnesota, the current turmoil in the international trade system poses significant risks for the state. We’re pleased to be joined by experts from the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. and the Minnesota-based Center of the American Experiment who will debut new research about the impact of trade on Minnesota’s economy and discuss the importance of trade policies that prioritize free trade and opening new-markets.

Wednesday, June 20
12:00 – 1:30pm
Sakatah Trail Room, Greater Mankato Business Development Center (1961 Premier Dr, Mankato)

Though the event is free, we ask that you please RSVP here,as lunch will be provided. Read More

MN Chamber Business Day at the Capitol

chamber 2Greater Mankato Growth invites you to join a delegation of Greater Mankato Business Leaders on April 18 as we travel to St. Paul to participate in the Minnesota Chamber Business Day at the Capitol. This event brings business leaders from across the state together to collectively advocate for key business issues. With the Legislature considering a major tax reform bill this year, it’s critical that our legislators hear from business leaders.

Greater Mankato attendees participating in this event will help raise the visibility of our region among state leaders as well as speak directly with legislators about the top issues for your business and our community. The event kicks off at the InterContinental Hotel in St. Paul with a legislative briefing and keynote luncheon then we travel to the Capitol for sessions with key legislative leaders and meetings with our local legislative delegation.

REGISTER HERE

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2018 Economic Forecast Luncheon Featuring Hans Olsen of Stifel

Hans OlsenJoin Greater Mankato Growth and your fellow colleagues for our April Public Affairs Forum Luncheon 2018 Economic Outlook Featuring Hans Olsen of Stifel.

Tuesday, April 10
11:30 am – 12 pm
Verizon Center, Ellerbe Room

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Tax Bill Event (Free!)

Forum-Series-Logo_SMIn December, President Trump signed into law the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. This is the most significant federal tax legislation passed in more than three decades and will have sweeping impacts on every type of taxpayer.

PrintTo ensure that both individuals and businesses fully understand the implications of the new tax bill, Greater Mankato Growth in partnership with CliftonLarsonAllen are hosting a free event Tax Reform Planning Strategies – Unlocking the Mysteries of the New Tax Bill.

Wednesday, January 31
2:30 – 4:30pm (with reception following)
Verizon Center, Grand Hall Room 245

REGISTER HERE (Free Event) Read More

On Wednesday, noon November 15th, Greater Mankato Growth will launch a new website for prospective residents and tourists that will visually present the community in a virtual tour format.

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