Greater Mankato Growth Blog

Travel Brings Insight and Ideas to Greater Mankato

Upcoming ICLV Columbia TripThis weekend a delegation of 80 business and community leaders from Greater Mankato will be traveling to Columbia, Missouri as part of the fourth InterCity Leadership Visit. While there the group, made up of individuals from the private, community based, nonprofit and public sectors, will study innovative ideas and best practices that may be adapted to the Greater Mankato region.

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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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October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

ADA SeminarGreater Mankato Growth is proud to partner with the Department of Social Work at Minnesota State University, Mankato for a special viewing of the live Twin Cities Public Television airing of The ADA at 25: Minnesota Moving Forward on Wednesday, October 28 as part of National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Read More

Blue Earth County Sales Tax

As you may have seen in news reports here and here, Blue Earth County Commissioners are considering passing a new .5% sales tax to fund transportation projects in the county. Now is the time for businesses and the community to weigh in with their thoughts on this proposed tax. Below you’ll find neutral information about the tax and why it is being considered along with various options for how you can weigh in with Commissioners on this issue. Read More

Employers: Get State Money for Job Training

Are you a new or existing businesses in Greater Minnesota? Will you be adding at least three new jobs? Do you need to provide training to those new employees? If so, then you’ll want to consider applying for a state grant from the new Job Training Incentive Program administered by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). The program provides grants of up to $100,000 that eligible businesses can use to train workers in new jobs.

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Inside C.A.B. Construction

C.A.B. Construction is another success story in our community.  I got to meet with the owner and General Manager Karla Hansen, along with Team Steve:  Steve Duncan (Business Development) and Steve Brunson (Production Manager).  Read More

Wait! There’s an Election This Year!

Mankato Candidates

Candidates for Mankato Area Public Schools Board.

With all the talk of Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and the presidential race, you’d think the next election was in November 2016. But wait! there are important local elections in November 2015 that voters need to consider first.
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The MOST Debt Savvy Residents in the Country

Most Debt Savy Resident

 

Mankato was recently identified by SmartAsset.com as the most debt savvy location in the country.  A debt savvy location means people there have high credit scores, low average personal loan debt, low credit utilization and low mortgage foreclosure rates.

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Fall always brings excitement in the Ag world

Ag

For a moment take a step back in time with me to understand why harvest is such an exciting time of year. Not back in time when you remember being on your ancestors farm or the nostalgic red barn period. I am talking about back to the beginning of this year’s crop cycle. Read More

Growing the right way

Last week the Bureau of Economic Analysis released the 2014 Gross Domestic Product (GDP) figures for Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs).  GDP is the value of all the goods and services produced in a certain area.  The Mankato-North Mankato MSA, comprised of Blue Earth and Nicollet Counties, 2014 GDP was $4,570,000. Read More