Greater Mankato Growth Blog

Gaining Presence on State Boards

One of Greater Mankato Growth’s goals for our public affairs work is to increase our region’s visibility and impact by getting community members appointed to serve on key state boards and commissions. These citizen-led bodies shape state policy on a number of issues of importance to our marketplace and the entire state. We’ve seen some success in meeting this goal over the past year. Read More

Share your thoughts about Mankato Area Public Schools

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Photo Credit: Mankato Area Public Schools

The Mankato Area Public Schools are asking for the public to share their perspective on how our schools are doing and contribute to an ongoing dialogue on how the community can work together to improve the education experience for all of our students. Read More

Highway 14: The most densely populated highway corridor in Minnesota without a continuous four-lane connection

Take a moment to check out my column in the Mankato Free Press today that introduces new data in support of one of our top regional policy priorities: expanding Highway 14 to four-lanes from Rochester to New Ulm. Greater Mankato Growth compiled population data from highway corridors across the state and what we found is that the 112 miles of Highway 14 from Rochester to New Ulm serves a population 350,000 – more than any other similar corridor in the state that already has 4 lanes. Bottom line, Highway 14 is the most densely populated highway corridor in Minnesota without a continuous four-lane connection. Highway 14 Graphic JPEG.jpg Read More

Beyond the Bucket List – My State of the Union Experience

SOTU TicketWhere to start? Being invited as a Special Guest to the State of the Union by one’s sitting Congressman … my goodness.

I’m not certain I have a “bucket list.” If I have something on “my list” then I try to get after it as soon as possible. But even if I did have a list of those “once in a lifetime” or “beyond everyday reach” types of items … Read More

Join us for a Luncheon with the Minnesota Secretary of State

steve-simon-official-portrait1Join Greater Mankato Growth and your fellow colleagues for the first luncheon of the 2016 Issues Forum Series on February 18 with Minnesota’s Secretary of State, Steve Simon.

These forums bring together compelling speakers and business leaders to discuss timely and relevant political and policy issues. This is a unique opportunity to learn more about one of the most important state constitutional offices that you may have never heard of. Read More

Meet the New MN Chamber President

DLoonDoug Loon assumed the role of president of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce on September 8. Since that time, he has been traveling the state on a Listen + Learn tour to learn about the issues impacting business.

Doug will be in the Mankato area on Februrary 11 from 7:30-9:00 am at the Taylor Corporation (1985 Lookout Drive, North Mankato). Doug will be giving a preview of the upcoming legislative session, talking about the Minnesota Chambers’s policy priorities and taking your feedback. Please make the effort to take this opportunity to meet Doug, and share your perspective on the key issues facing your business. Read More

Top 10 Reasons to Attend Greater Mankato at the Capitol

GM at the Capitol 2013 logoGreater Mankato at the Capitol, our region’s largest citizen advocacy event at the State Capitol is taking place on March 30. This is one of the year’s most impactful events, and you don’t want to miss it!

 

You can register here to attend. Sponsorship opportunities are also still available, you can learn more here (go to “Greater Mankato at the Capitol”).

Since Top 10 lists are the latest rage here on the Greater Mankato Growth blog, I present to you the Top 10 Reasons to Attend Greater Mankato at the Capitol: Read More

Congress Experiences Christmas Miracle: Passes Major Legislation to End the Year

U.S. Capitol Building, Washington D.C.

U.S. Capitol Building, Washington D.C.

Congress is ending 2015 by passing a flurry of legislation that will have substantial impacts on businesses and individuals alike. Included is the first long-term transportation bill in a decade, a major education reform bill, a tax bill that extends numerous tax breaks, and a spending bill that will fund the government over the next year. Here are key highlights: Read More

We’ve got issues. I hope you do too.

The Legislature will gavel into session on March 8, 2016. With a budget surplus of $1.2 billion and several key policy issues like taxes and transportation unresolved following the 2015 session, next year’s legislative session promises to be very important to our community and businesses. Read More

Meet the New MN Chamber President

 

DLoonDoug Loon assumed the role of president of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce on September 8. Since that time, he has been traveling the state on a Listen + Learn tour to learn about the state issues impacting business. Read More

Employers Can Get State Money for Interns

Internships are a great way for companies to cultivate new talent, provide opportunities for recruitment, and reduce the cost of doing business. The State of Minnesota offers programs that provide funds to businesses so they can hire interns. The two primary programs are the Scitechsperience Internship Program and the Greater Minnesota Internship Tax Credit. Read More

Election Day is Tuesday, November 3rd

Our elected officials have the power to make decisions that impact the vitality of our regional marketplace. It is because of this reason that elections are one of the most important and effective ways citizens can make their voices heard.

On Tuesday, November 3 residents in the Mankato Area Public School District will be asked to select from seven candidates to fill four positions on the School Board. Additionally, Saint Peter residents will be asked to elect a mayor and three City Council members along with their school board.

One of Greater Mankato Growth’s key objectives in public affairs is to provide education, resources and opportunities for engagement on public policy issues to our members, which enables you to be your own best advocate when you get to the polls.

This post is a “one stop shop” that contains all the information you’ll need to fully exercise your right to vote. You can also check out our online election portal at greatermankatoelections.com. Please share this information with your employees, colleagues, friends and family and remember to vote on November 3.

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