Greater Mankato Growth Blog

More Mankato Website: An Immersive Visual Experience

More Mankato LogoOver the past several months Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. has been developing a virtual tour website that aims to showcase, for potential residents and tourists, the unique amenities and quality of life we enjoy here.

The More Mankato website (working project title: “Kato X”), launched today through support and partnership with Mayo Clinic Health Systems, Nidec (Kato Engineering), Mankato Clinic, ISG, and Minnesota State University, Mankato.

More Mankato offers 360 videos, aerial imagery, and interactive content that gives a sample of 16 different activities such as Shopping, Entertainment, and Art.  There are over 30 interactive virtual tour scenes to explore, 16 ambassador videos shot with a 360 camera, and beautiful aerial shots of some of the great events our community has to offer like RibFest and Fun Days.

If your business is interested in having a presence on More Mankato, contact Greater Mankato Growth at 507-385-6640 or info@greatermankato.com

You can check out the More Mankato website here:  moremankato.com.  Share it with your family visiting over Thanksgiving and show them how cool it is here.

 

The Workforce Series (4): Salary Reimbursement

workforce blog seriesAs part of the Greater Mankato Growth Talent Initiative, GMG is publishing a guest blog series highlighting the programs, tools and resources that are available in our marketplace. This series can serve as a catalog or library for businesses to address workforce issues. 

 

Activating Our Workforce:  Salary Reimbursement

Written by: Connie Hines, Workforce Center, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development Read More

The Workforce Series (3): Students at Businesses

workforce blog seriesAs part of the Greater Mankato Growth Talent Initiative , GMG is publishing a guest blog series highlighting the programs, tools and resources that are available in our marketplace. This series can serve as a catalog or library for businesses to address workforce issues. 

 

Work-Based Learning: Students at Businesses

Written by: Kim Mueller, Career and College Readiness Coordinator, ISD 77 – Mankato Area Public Schools

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The Workforce Series (2): Hiring Refugees & Asylees

workforce blog seriesAs part of the Greater Mankato Growth Talent Initiative, GMG is publishing a guest blog series highlighting the programs, tools and resources that are available in our marketplace. This series can serve as a catalog or library for businesses to address workforce issues. 

Refugees & Asylees Have The Right To Work

Written by: Margo Druschel: Associate Director, Minnesota Council of Churches

Refugees and Asylees Have the Right to Work…but it can be complicated for employers and individuals to understand the documents that the government provides and uses for the I-9.

The Refugee Employment Services staff of the Minnesota Council of Churches Refugee Services Office would like to offer some answers to FAQs and to offer ourselves as resources.  We recently attended a workshop offered by the US Department of Justice Immigrant and Employee Rights Section of the Office for Civil Rights, where many questions were answered. Read More

The Workforce Series (1): Connecting Businesses to School

workforce blog seriesAs part of the Greater Mankato Growth Talent Initiative , GMG is publishing a guest blog series highlighting the programs, tools and resources that are available in our marketplace. This series can serve as a catalog or library for businesses to address workforce issues. 

 

Engagement Opportunities Support Teachers and Students

Written by: Alison Troldahl, Family and Community Engagement Coordinator, ISD 77 Read More

There are a lot of fun things about the Greater Mankato area.  Everyone has their favorite activities to do with friends and family.   Maybe you’re a resident of our community or maybe there is something that regularly brings you to town.   Read More

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The South Central Tour of Manufacturing Partnership invites all manufacturing businesses from across South Central Minnesota to participate in the 2017 Tour of Manufacturing. This year we will be expanding the experience and hosting TWO days; Thursday, October 5 from 9 am — 3 pm (focusing on the student population of South Central Minnesota) and Saturday, October 7 from 9 am — 1 pm. The events will be open to everyone. The tour is similar to a “Parade of Homes” that is FREE to students, job seekers and the general public. Community members will be able to stop by throughout the day for a self-guided tour or a guided tour of any of the participating manufacturers.

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Occupations in Demand (OID) lists current career opportunities in a region as determined by regularly updated local labor market data. The OID list for a region is the group of occupations that rank highest on a Current Demand Indicator, which measures short-term demand for jobs locally.

OID can be used by job seekers and employment counselors for job search and career planning.

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…in front of Upper Midwesterners, Southern Minnesotans, potential new residents and tourists by having a presence in Kato X.  Kato X is a virtual tour web platform and robust marketing campaign – where seeing is believing!

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The country is facing a labor shortage as the Baby Boomer population retires and the Mankato-North Mankato Metropolitan Statistical Area (Blue Earth and Nicollet Counties) is no different. To provide insight on strategies to address this shortage, Greater Mankato Growth conducted a national comparison of Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA) and analyzed workforce engagement. The unique labor force characteristics of our MSA can show areas for improvement and opportunity for enhanced engagement with our diverse populations.

The Mankato-North Mankato Metropolitan Statistical Area (Blue Earth and Nicollet Counties) have very unique attributes in our workforce.  According to the U.S. Census Bureau, we rank 364 out of 381 MSAs in the country in terms of percent of workers 16-64 year who worked full-time, year round.

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Uncovering the Job Gap

Facing my last semester as a senior (second year) in college I was facing thee question, what next? Time for reality, a full-time “grown-up” job was hopefully coming my way very, very soon. But how was I going to find it? For an anthropology major I maybe should have dissected the career opportunities and employment potential a little further, but none-the-less I was determined to land a job as, get this – an archeologist.

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Last Wednesday 43 participants graduated from Greater Mankato Growth’s Leadership Institute. Each year a graduation dinner is held on the last day to honor the participants’ hard work and dedication to the nine-month program. One of my favorite parts of this event is when class members volunteer to speak about their experiences and observations. One class member, Elisabeth Moat, Manager of the Mankato AmericInn presented a very eloquent and heart-felt testimonial about her experience and agreed to share it on this blog. If you’ve ever considered applying for the program, or if you are a graduate of Leadership Institute, it IS worth your time to read on and according to Elisabeth, it IS worth your time to participate in the program! Read More