Greater Mankato Growth Blog

Watch Now: 1st Congressional District Forum

cd1 forumVoters in Minnesota’s 1st Congressional District will be asked to select a new U.S. Representative this November 6. To help voters cast an informed ballot, Greater Mankato Growth in partnership with the Mankato Free Press, South Central College, KSMQ and KTV held a forum with the candidates running for the seat: Dan Feehan (DFL) and Jim Hagedorn (R).

You can view a recording of the forum below.

Watch Now: District 19A Forum

19a forumVoters in Minnesota District 19A will be asked to select a new state representative this November 6. To help voters cast an informed ballot, Greater Mankato Growth in partnership with KTV, Mankato’s public access television station, held a forum with the candidates running for the seat: Jeff Brand (DFL) and Kim Spears (R).

You can view a recording of the forum below.

Watch Now: Blue Earth County Commissioner Forum

bec forumBlue Earth County voters will be asked to select County Commissioners in Districts 1 & 2 this November 6. To help voters cast an informed ballot, Greater Mankato Growth in partnership with KTV, Mankato’s public access television station, held a forum with the candidates running for County Commissioner in District 1: Colleen Landkamer and Katie Boone and District 2: Vance Stuehrenberg.

You can view a recording of the forum below.

Watch Now: Mankato Mayoral Forum

Mayoral-Forum-Flyer-2.jpgMankato voters will be asked to select a new mayor this November 6. To help voters cast an informed ballot, Greater Mankato Growth in partnership with KTV, Mankato’s public access television station, held a forum with the candidates running for Mayor: Najwa Massad and Bukata Hayes. You can view a recording of the forum below.

To learn more about KTV visit access.ktv.org

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

You can register and get more information on this event hereRead More

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.

The scheduled forums include: Read More

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
Sakatah Trail Conference Room Read More

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

Vote in the August 14 Primary Election

Vote-2018-660x382Minnesotans’ opportunity to shape the 2019 political landscape begins in earnest with the primary election on August 14. At this election, voters will be asked to winnow down the field of candidates in a number of races for federal, state, and local office and determine which candidates will proceed to the November 6 General Election.

Elections are one of the most important and effective ways citizens can make their voices heard. For that reason, Greater Mankato Growth has compiled and created a Primary Election Toolkit that contains all the information you’ll need to fully exercise your right to vote. Please share this information with your employees, colleagues, friends and family and remember to vote on August 14. 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!

forum flyer

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