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
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
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/
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
We are excited to announce 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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.