Greater Mankato Growth Blog

Announcing GMG’s 2018 Policy Priorities

FromTheDomeThe Minnesota Legislature gavels into session today. As always, Greater Mankato Growth (GMG) will keep our members up to speed on key issues and provide the information you’ll need to be an advocate for your business. Be sure to stay tuned to this blog in the coming months as we post updates on key issues businesses should keep an eye on. Read More

Greater Mankato Construction Showcase

road constructionGovernment agencies in the Greater Mankato area are ramping up for one of the largest road construction seasons in recent history in 2018. To help the public prepare, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) will host Mankato’s first ever multiagency construction showcase on Wednesday, February 21 from 4 – 6 pm at MnDOT District 7 Headquarters, 2151 Bassett Drive, Mankato.  The public is encouraged to stop by and plan for construction in 2018 on major corridors including Highways 14, 22 and 169. Read More

Participate in the Minnesota Caucus on February 6

caucusThe November 6 general election is still eight months away, but candidates have already been on the trail for months: meeting activists, scoring endorsements and raising money.

They’re preparing for a pivotal 2018 cycle in Minnesota, an election that will include both U.S. Senate seats, an open governor’s race, three other constitutional offices, eight congressional seats, and the entire 134-seat Minnesota House of Representatives. With so much at stake, it will be a hard-fought, high-dollar election, and the first major step is just around the corner: Precinct caucuses on February 6.

The precinct caucuses on February 6 are your chance to have a say in setting your party’s platform, select delegates who may eventually go on to the party’s endorsing conventions, and cast your preferential ballot for which candidate for governor you feel your party should support.

Read on for a Q&A about how the precinct caucuses work and how you can participate. Read More

Tax Bill – Impact on Businesses

tax cuts and jobs actThe new tax bill significantly changes the tax code for businesses. The following guest blog courtesy of Eide Bailly provides a helpful overview of what the new tax bill means for businesses and considerations they should be making.

This information will also be covered in greater detail at our upcoming free event – Tax Reform Planning Strategies – Unlocking the Mysteries of the New Tax Bill. You can get more information and register for this event here.

Should you wish to discuss tax reform and its impact on you or your business, please be sure to contact one of our fantastic member businesses with tax expertise. Read More

Tax Bill – Highlights for Individuals

tax cuts and jobs actThe new tax bill significantly changes the tax code for individuals. The following guest blog courtesy of Abdo, Eick & Meyers provides a helpful overview of what the new tax bill means for individual filers.

This information will also be covered in greater detail at our upcoming free event – Tax Reform Planning Strategies – Unlocking the Mysteries of the New Tax Bill. You can get more information and register for this event here.

Should you wish to discuss tax reform and its impact on you or your business, please be sure to contact one of our fantastic member businesses with tax expertise. Read More

Bang For Your Membership Buck

PA LogoGreater Mankato Growth works hard to ensure that your membership investment creates value for your business. One of the way’s we do that is through our public affairs advocacy on key policy issues. In addition to pursuing our own advocacy agenda, GMG partners with the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce to support state-level policies that benefit the business community – and 2017 was a very successful year at the legislature.

From a reduction in the statewide property tax to a reduction in unemployment insurance taxes, every business will see savings from these legislative initiatives. In all, advocacy efforts advanced by the MN Chamber and supported by GMG generated nearly $4 billion in estimated business savings. Check out the infographic below for more details.  Read More

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

Highway 22 Corridor Study Open House

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An open house to gather input on the future of Highway 22 from Mapleton to St. Peter is being hosted by the Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Mankato Area Transportation Planning Organization on Thursday, January 18 from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. at the MnDOT Headquarters, 2151 Bassett Drive, Mankato. Read More

Tax Bill Q&A for Agriculture

tax cuts and jobs actThe newly passed tax bill has numerous implications that businesses from all sectors need to understand and prepare for. Agriculture is no exception. The following guest blog courtesy of CliftonLarsonAllen provides a helpful Q&A on what the new tax bill means for farmers.

Should you wish to discuss tax reform and its impact on you or your business, please be sure to contact one of our fantastic member businesses with tax expertise. Read More

Tax Bill Summary Slides

eide baillyGreater Mankato Growth held a Public Affairs Issues Forum last month titled Federal Tax Reform – What it Means for You and Your Business featuring a presentation delivered by top tax experts from Eide Bailly’s National Tax Office. We’re pleased to present the slides from that forum. They contain a comprehensive summary of the key tax implications for both individuals and businesses and are well-worth taking a look at. You can view the slides at this link: Tax Reform Presentation Slides