Greater Mankato Growth Blog

On Tuesday, Feb. 19, the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry is hosting a session on registered apprenticeships and the benefits of growing and sustaining an innovative workforce.

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Workplace Mandate Bills Under Consideration at Legislature

FromTheDomeThe Minnesota Legislature is considering a series of bills that would mandate that employers provide certain benefits to their employees. These proposals include state-mandated paid time off policies, paid family and medical leave, minimum wage, and predictive scheduling. The Legislature will begin hearings on these bills this week. Businesses are encouraged to weigh in with our legislators with their thoughts on these issues. Additional details on the proposals under consideration and how to contact your legislators follows. Read More

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development released the December 2018 employment figures today. The Mankato – North Mankato Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) saw a gain of 2,379 jobs or 4% year-over-year in the month of December, which led all metropolitan areas in the state. Mankato-North Mankato has lead the state in job growth every month of 2018. 

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Middle school physics tied to a prepared future workforce

With C-suite execs worried about their future workforce, one argument is we need to start preparing our children early and “rewire” the students’ brains for complex, analytical thinking. Critical thinking is the baseline for any career choice, especially in such a rapidly changing economic environment.

This and more in the article “The War For Talent.”


A fresh perspective and constructive criticism are strong tools for growth. Incorporating young minds with thriving companies is a recipe for success. The GreenSeam staff and action teams were fortunate enough to witness this success through GreenSeam’s partnership with Lime Valley Advertising and the Computers in Society (IT202W) course at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

The course focuses on the complex social and ethical issues associated with computers and other technology within today’s society. The class consists of 50 students. For their final, students were divided into ten groups and challenged with finding ways to improve GreenSeam’s business directory. On Tuesday, Dec. 4, they assisted in judging the student’s final presentations. With the help of GreenSeam, Lime Valley Advertising and the student’s research and findings, the students created presentations that were engaging, knowledgeable and informative. The common theme for ideas was to create a directory that showcases the businesses in a more interactive way, utilizing the map and images.

GreenSeam is currently reviewing each idea in more detail. Stay tuned and watch for improvements.

GreenSeam is a business unit of Greater Mankato Growth, Inc.

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development released the November 2018 employment figures today. The Mankato – North Mankato Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) saw a gain of 1,537 jobs or 2.6% year over year in the month of November, which led all metropolitan areas in the state. This is the 11th straight month of Mankato-North Mankato leading the state in job growth. 

Manufacturing saw the highest growth rate ever in the month of November, 1.7% from October 2018.  This indicates the manufacturing sector is continuing to ramp up.

For graphs on employment trends click here:


These zones spell opportunity for Mankato

ozoneWith what Forbes Magazine called “the most unbelievable tax break ever,” Mankato has a great shot at accelerating improvements in its Renaissance plan for downtown.

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What Minnesota Can Learn From Germany on Energy Policy

2018_Forum SeriesRSVP now for a free luncheon forum with experts and elected officials as we discuss What Minnesota Can Learn From Germany on Energy Policy.

Friday, December 14
11:30 am – 1:00 pm
South Central College
Heritage Hall Read More

Mankato’s Global Entrepreneurship Week

GE_WEEKThe Minnesota State University, Mankato College of Business Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship invites all students, faculty, staff and the entire community to an international celebration of entrepreneurship.

Greater Mankato Growth is proud to be a supporting partner for this week-long schedule of events.  These are great opportunities for emerging entrepreneurs to connect with existing business professionals.  By attending you will play a part in supporting local innovation and supporting new start-up enterprises. Read More

Notification: No Local Connection to Award for Purchase

Area businesses have been receiving email correspondence notifying them they have won an award from a website identifying itself as “northmankato.”

The email invites the business to claim their award, however, you must purchase the award for $150.

This email, award, and website are not affiliated with the City of North Mankato or Greater Mankato Growth, Inc.

Your Election Toolkit

vote buttonGreater Mankato Growth is your one-stop-shop for all the information you’ll need to exercise your right to vote in the 2018 election. On our Election Toolkit website, you’ll find online candidate profiles, candidate forum videos and details on how and where to vote on November 6. Our online candidate portal features information provided directly by the candidates themselves including biographical information and their response to a questionnaire. Elections are one of the most important and effective ways citizens can make their voices heard. By providing our members, as well as the broader community, access to the information presented in our Election Toolkit we hope to enable them to make informed voting decisions.  Read More

Watch Now: District 19B Forum

19b forumVoters in Minnesota District 19B will be asked to select a state representative this November 6. To help voters cast an informed ballot, Greater Mankato Growth in partnership with KTV, Mankato’s public access television station, held a forum with the candidates running for the seat: Representative Jack Considine (DFL) and Joe Steck (R).

You can view a recording of the forum below.