Greater Mankato Growth Blog

Announcing GMG’s 2018 Policy Priorities

FromTheDomeThe Minnesota Legislature gavels into session today. As always, Greater Mankato Growth (GMG) will keep our members up to speed on key issues and provide the information you’ll need to be an advocate for your business. Be sure to stay tuned to this blog in the coming months as we post updates on key issues businesses should keep an eye on. Read More

Webinar for Training Program

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On February 13, at 10 am, the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry is conducting a webinar for a program already used by two Greater Mankato area employers.  The PIPELINE Program is a training program that is industry-based and employer-driven. Read More

Greater Mankato Construction Showcase

road constructionGovernment agencies in the Greater Mankato area are ramping up for one of the largest road construction seasons in recent history in 2018. To help the public prepare, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) will host Mankato’s first ever multiagency construction showcase on Wednesday, February 21 from 4 – 6 pm at MnDOT District 7 Headquarters, 2151 Bassett Drive, Mankato.  The public is encouraged to stop by and plan for construction in 2018 on major corridors including Highways 14, 22 and 169. Read More

Mankato Area Job Fair

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Over 50 employers are slated to have a presence at an upcoming Mankato area job fair on February 6th.

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Participate in the Minnesota Caucus on February 6

caucusThe November 6 general election is still eight months away, but candidates have already been on the trail for months: meeting activists, scoring endorsements and raising money.

They’re preparing for a pivotal 2018 cycle in Minnesota, an election that will include both U.S. Senate seats, an open governor’s race, three other constitutional offices, eight congressional seats, and the entire 134-seat Minnesota House of Representatives. With so much at stake, it will be a hard-fought, high-dollar election, and the first major step is just around the corner: Precinct caucuses on February 6.

The precinct caucuses on February 6 are your chance to have a say in setting your party’s platform, select delegates who may eventually go on to the party’s endorsing conventions, and cast your preferential ballot for which candidate for governor you feel your party should support.

Read on for a Q&A about how the precinct caucuses work and how you can participate. Read More

Incentives for an Untapped Labor Pool

The Greater Mankato area is sitting at an unemployment rate of 2.5% as of December 2017.  Employers are looking for creative ways to grow their companies through new workforce recruitment tactics.  With unemployment, this low, innovative ideas need to be explored. Read More

Recently, a business development effort in the Greater Mankato area was written up by Downtown Development Center.

Downtown Development Center is a 50+-year-old organization focused on serving as a clearinghouse on practical strategies and tactics for revitalizing the hearts of cities.

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The Workforce Series (7): Tax Credit for Employers

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 Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC)

Written by: Connie Hines, Workforce Development Specialist, MN DEED

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Tax Bill – Impact on Businesses

tax cuts and jobs actThe new tax bill significantly changes the tax code for businesses. The following guest blog courtesy of Eide Bailly provides a helpful overview of what the new tax bill means for businesses and considerations they should be making.

This information will also be covered in greater detail at our upcoming free event – Tax Reform Planning Strategies – Unlocking the Mysteries of the New Tax Bill. You can get more information and register for this event here.

Should you wish to discuss tax reform and its impact on you or your business, please be sure to contact one of our fantastic member businesses with tax expertise. Read More

Tax Bill – Highlights for Individuals

tax cuts and jobs actThe new tax bill significantly changes the tax code for individuals. The following guest blog courtesy of Abdo, Eick & Meyers provides a helpful overview of what the new tax bill means for individual filers.

This information will also be covered in greater detail at our upcoming free event – Tax Reform Planning Strategies – Unlocking the Mysteries of the New Tax Bill. You can get more information and register for this event here.

Should you wish to discuss tax reform and its impact on you or your business, please be sure to contact one of our fantastic member businesses with tax expertise. Read More