Greater Mankato Growth Blog

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

A little spotlight for some large hearts

Earlier today at a news conference the 2016 Pathfinder Award Recipients were announced. I have had the honor to assist in a small portion of the process and each year walk away amazed and energized from the kind, brave and deliberate souls that reside across Greater Mankato. There are many, too many to ever name, honor and rise up. But today, two individuals and one business got a little spotlight for their large hearts and good deeds. Read on to learn more about each of them. Read More

Filling the jobs gap

We’re all are facing a talent shortage now or will be in the very near future. And we’re all looking for answers.  An article published by Enterprise Minnesota focused on what innovative strategies manufacturers can undertake to address this need but frankly the solutions offered could fit into any business. It’s a worthwhile read.

Novel strategies to address the skills gap

 

2016 Forecast – Greater Mankato Development

2015 would be a tough year to top in terms of capital investment.  There were some landmark private sector projects that brought in new businesses to our community:  The Wal-Mart Distribution Center (yes we have a Wal-Mart and a Sam’s Club already but this is a bit different), the Tailwind Group projects (Profinium & Ridley), Mills Fleet Farm and new warehouses.  There were expansions of existing primary sector companies such as Fed Ex, D&K Powder Coating, Spee-Dee Delivery, and Creative Company.  I’m missing several more of equal importance but I don’t want to turn this blog into a rambling list. To summarize, 2015 was the convergence of many planning processes that started years ago and all came to fruition in the same calendar year.

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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

2016 Greater Mankato Business After Hours & Before Hours Schedule Just Released!

Business Before Hours Logo 2015-01After Hours 2015 NEW logo-01We are excited to announce the 2016 schedule for our most popular and sought-after networking events, Greater Mankato Business After Hours and Business Before Hours. This year’s lineup is sure to impress and offers so much variety, we are looking forward to seeing all of you! 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

Just as the community is growing, so is our family… we’re hiring!

GMG is hiring!We are excited to announce Greater Mankato Growth and our affiliate, Visit Mankato, are hiring. Want to work every day to showcase, shape, promote and support the vibrant Greater Mankato marketplace? Our family currently has four full-time opportunities available. Read More