Greater Mankato Growth Blog

The Latest on the Affordable Care Act

affordable-care-act-obamacare-ACA-1080x663.pngThe following is a guest blog written by Eide Bailly’s Mankato Office to update our members on new tax compliance information related to the Affordable Care Act. Should you wish to discuss this topic and its impact on you or your business, please be sure to contact one of our fantastic member businesses with tax expertise.

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GMG Endorses School Operating Referendum

PA LogoDear Member:

As you have likely heard, the Mankato Area Public Schools are asking voters this November 7 to approve a referendum that will renew, and increase, an expiring operating levy. This proposal would call for increasing the District’s operating levy by $365 per student, from $784 to $1,149.

As the Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Organization serving the region, Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. (GMG) is focused on promoting the economic growth and vitality of our regional marketplace through effective community and business development initiatives. After careful consideration, GMG has decided to actively endorse the Mankato Area Public School’s proposed operating referendum. I wanted to notify you of this action before it went public and provide you with a summary of the process and rationale the organization considered in making the decision that the school’s proposed operating referendum is essential to the continued economic vitality of Greater Mankato. Read More

Forum-Series-Logo_SMJoin Greater Mankato Growth and your fellow colleagues for our November Public Affairs Forum Breakfast Federal Tax Reform: What It Means For You and Your Business.

Thursday, December 14
7:30 – 9:00 am
Greater Mankato Growth, Sakatah Trail Room

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School Board Candidate Profiles Now Online

voting2Did you know there is an election this year? On November 7, 2017 voters in our area will be asked to select candidates to serve on the School Board for the Mankato Area Public Schools. This body is responsible for the education of our most valuable asset – our children – and for responsibly managing nearly $100 million in your taxpayers dollars. It’s critical that you exercise your right to vote in this important election.

But how are you supposed to know which candidate to vote for? Greater Mankato Growth is here to help! Profiles of candidates running for School Board for the Mankato Area Public Schools are now available online on Greater Mankato Growth’s election website greatermankato.com/candidates. Read More

State of the Cities

Forum-Series-Logo_SMJoin Greater Mankato Growth and your fellow colleagues for breakfast as the leaders of Mankato and North Mankato present on the “State of the Cities.”

Friday, September 29
7:30 – 9:00 am
Greater Mankato Growth, Sakatah Trail Room

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Breakfast With Congressman Tim Walz

Walz headshotJoin Greater Mankato Growth and your fellow colleagues for the August Public Affairs Forum Breakfast with Representative Tim Walz.

Monday, August 21
7:30 – 9:00 am
Verizon Hall, Room 245 (new event center)

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Health Care Forum

Forum-Series-Logo_SMJoin Greater Mankato Growth and your fellow colleagues for our July Public Affairs Forum Luncheon Health Care: What’s Going On And What It All Means.

Tuesday, July 18
11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Mankato Clinic Administration Office
1400 Madison Avenue, Suite 324B

Register here

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Weigh In On Mankato Transit

busesThe City of Mankato is in the process of gathering input for their transit development plan which will set the direction for the system for the next four to five years. The city would like to have business input during this process and is hosting two opportunities for business leaders to provide feedback. Read More

Highway 14 Makes Progress at Legislature

FromTheDomeAfter several years of gridlock, the Legislature and Governor came to an agreement this year on a transportation bill that injects much needed funding into our state’s transportation network. The bottom line for Highway 14: there is funding to keep working on the four-lane expansion from Rochester to New Ulm, but not enough to finish all of the remaining two-lane segments.    Read More

ADA Law Passed: New Mandatory Notice Requirement May Result in Fewer Lawsuits, Greater Accessibility

FromTheDomeMore than seventy businesses in our area over the past three years have been targeted with abusive lawsuits alleging accessibility violations. To help prevent these lawsuits, Greater Mankato Growth has been pursuing a two-prong strategy. First, we’ve worked to ensure our businesses have the information and resources they need to be compliant with the law (be sure to check out our blog post on how you can self-audit your business). Second, we’ve partnered with the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce to pursue legislation to reduce or eliminate the abusive lawsuits.

This year, new legislation was passed that provides new protections for businesses and builds upon legislation passed last year. Specifically, the legislation signed into law this year changes the Minnesota Human Rights Act by requiring that a person seeking to sue a business for removal of an accessibility barrier first give notice of the barrier.  Read More