Greater Mankato Growth Blog

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.

The study aims to find the places Read More

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

Luncheon with Narayana Kocherlakota, President, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

Luncheon with Kocherlakota

Narayana Kocherlakota, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

There are still seats available for the October 8th luncheon event with Narayana Kocherlakota, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, hosted by Greater Mankato Growth. With all of the buzz surrounding the Federal Reserve and whether it will raise interest rates, you won’t want to miss this truly unique event to interact with one of the nation’s most influential economic policy makers. Read More

It just makes sense!

Have you ever pondered what our region of the state, country and world has been built upon? Why did people settle here? What did they make there living from? What are our businesses in our communities great at today? Read More

Are we ready for the Industrial Revolution 4.0?

In a recently released report from IBM, we are facing a transitional period for development that relies less on brick and mortar and labor and more on interconnectivity, agility and development of different skills.

Spawned by businesses, politicians and academics, the new industrial revolution will move from using IT and electronics to  automate manufacturing into developing cyber-physical systems. loosely defined as using electronics to manage mechanical systems. It develops a Smart Factory where machines talk to one another. It can predict failures and perform preventative maintenance functions. It also can standardize manufacturing from machine to machine in faster timelines. In other words, we move from plug and play to plug and produce. Read More

Another cool list we appear on…

Community leaders knew when we formed Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. in 2007 we were certainly taking a more unique approach to regional, community based business development.  But I’m not sure we realized the name we selected would be viewed as far reaching, future positioning and trend setting as it appears to be.  We are delighted Christina Green chose to call us out and place us on the list in her current blog post “Chamber of Commerce”: What’s in a Title…thanks for the kudo’s!  Read her full post:  http://frankjkenny.com/chamber-of-commerce-whats-in-a-title/

Let me introduce…Greater Mankato! You’ve never been!?

FAM Tour Group

FAM Tour Group meeting at Profinium Place in downtown Mankato

Yesterday I had the pleasure of introducing a national site selector around the Greater Mankato community. The day was part of the Minnesota Marketing Partnership’s Fam Tour event. Ten site selectors from across the country came to Minnesota to learn more about our development opportunities and the business climate. Read More

Megan Flanagan new Director of City Center Partnership

We are excited to annouMegan Fnce Megan Flanagan has been selected as our Director of the City Center Partnership. She joins the Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. team with more than 15 years of experience in the nonprofit and government sector and a portfolio of skills required to lead, facilitate and manage the business of community based, volunteer organizations. Read More

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