Greater Mankato Growth Blog

Cities Asking for Citizen Feedback

We’re fortunate to live in a vibrant and attractive region; but our success didn’t happen by accident. What we have today was built by engaged and passionate citizens who set a vision for what the Greater Mankato region could be and purposefully set about making that vision a reality. We now have an opportunity to contribute to updating that vision going forward as the cities of Mankato and North Mankato look to make our region an even better place to live, work and play. Read More

Growth in YP membership is more than just a number

YP 200 member celebration

Young Professional Membership Committee Co-Chairs Dianna Lyngholm and Jaci Sprague celebrate reaching 200 members!

This past week we celebrated our 200th Greater Mankato Young Professionals (YPs) member.  In fact, today we reached our 204th YP member and the numbers just keep climbing.  Why is this important to members of Greater Mankato Growth and to our community as a whole?  It’s important because the growth in the YPs is not just a number — it’s indicative of the energy and excitement that is growing among those who have recently entered our workforce and have chosen to live and work here. Read More

High-Tech Cows

Steering Committee Visit

The Project ABE Steering Committee Visits New Sweden Dairy

Yesterday, the Project ABE Steering Committee headed to rural Nicollet County for it’s quarterly meeting.  Mitch Davis of Davis Family Dairies hosted the group at their flagship location:  New Sweden Dairy.  New Sweden isn’t just a flagship facility for the Davis Family, but for the entire Dairy Industry.  What makes this dairy different from others?  It produces more than just milk, it produces talent. Read More

Greater Mankato’s “coming out” party

We all know about the great growth and vitality the area has seen in recent years. Now we’re going to share it with the rest of the state in our first ever Twin Cities area summit on development. On Oct. 14, area leaders and commercial real estate professionals will be talking up the opportunity to do business in our area at the Mankato Real Estate Investment and Development seminar held by the Minnesota Real Estate Journal. The seminars are attended by real estate brokers and developers from around the state as part of their continuing education requirements. Attendance can range from 75 to 600. We’re hoping for something in between.

Here’s the link for more information: http://bit.ly/1JGFADP It’s a little outdated as some speakers have been switched around.

Boot Covers and Beard Nets – Suiting up with a company who boasts high quality food standards

Grain Millers Inc. Visit

Pictured Left to Right: John Considine, Jim Santori and Sam Ziegler of Greater Mankato Growth

During a heavy down pour Jim, John and I jump out of the truck to dash for the front door of a yellow warehouse looking building back a week and half ago. We only had fifty feet to dash to make it inside, as we wipe the water from our face we were greeted by two staff from Grain Millers Specialty Division here in St. Peter, MN. Once we signed in we spent some time in their conference room getting a briefing on the company which was quite impressive, they have food processing plants in a number of states and a couple in Canada. Read More

North Mankatoans deserve the credit

The editorial in the August 19, 2015 Free Press was spot on in extolling the virtues of collaboration rather than confrontation. Collective energy is far more powerful than self-centered dysfunctional operations. Characteristics of both community and personal families are similar and the results can attest to the power of overcoming adversity or rising to new heights when everyone pulls together. The edit could have added that it was the North Mankatoans themselves who wanted to join the greater community. Their leadership listened, engaged and actively participated to make this a greater region for all. This is not typical of U.S. communities in most regions and we should take pride in that differentiation. Regardless of what we face in the future, we are better off with all oars stroking at the same time and heading in the same direction.

Welcome to the Greater Mankato Growth Blog!

As the regional chamber of commerce and economic development organization we are committed to advancing business for a stronger community. The posts you’ll find on this site come from our staff authors and span our organizations different areas of focus.

As an organization, Greater Mankato Growth exists to intentionally develop the regional center by promoting, supporting and serving as a catalyst for economic development. We do this through our four strategic areas of focus: business growth and development; talent growth, retention and attraction; regional livability and advocacy of the marketplace.

Click here for more info on our staff authors!

Labor Force Projections

GMG has put together labor force projections out to 2045! Its based upon a 45 minute drive time from the urban center of Greater Mankato.  Click on the graph to see how we’re going to grow by nearly 25,000 people in the next 30 years.Population Growth in Greater Mankato Labor Shed

Women in Ag

Hey we found this great article about agribusiness and the key roles women play in it today. Check out the article from MN Dept. of Economic Development below:

http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/deed-developments/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-169966

Check out for yourself why Greater Mankato is the Way to Grow!

Have you had a chance to check out the community video “Greater Mankato: The Way to Grow”? This five minute video gives a great glimpse into just some of the reasons why Greater Mankato is the Way to Grow. Ranked #3 in the nation on Forbes 2014 list of Best Small Places for Business & Careers and 8th in the nation for Work – Life Balance according to nerdwallet.com it’s no wonder that Greater Mankato is a great place to live, work and play!