New Business Focus, First National Bank Minnesota Featuring Mike Bresnahan and Eric Peters

First National Bank Minnesota is a full-service financial institution headquartered in St. Peter, Minnesota, with banking offices in Mankato, St. Peter, Gaylord, and Belle Plaine. Our primary geographic market covers a large area in south central Minnesota, including Nicollet, Blue Earth, LeSueur, Scott, Carver, and Sibley counties.

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Eight Ways to Get Noticed on Social Media Today

8 Ways to Get Noticed on Social MediaThere’s a lot of noise on the social media channels and getting noticed can seem a task akin to pushing a large boulder up an icy slope in gale-force winds blowing down off of the mountain. But it’s not as hard as you think. Here are several tips to help you get your business noticed today. Continue reading “Eight Ways to Get Noticed on Social Media Today”

Minneapolis Fed Writes Article Featuring Greater Mankato

fedgazette-logoA few months ago, a representative from the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank visited Greater Mankato and met with several business and community leaders on the state of the community. The result is a great community profile that was just published in their fedgazette. The article, titled District Spotlight: Mankato finds its big-city legs highlights how we’ve emerged as a top regional center in the upper Midwest and is worth a read and share to your colleges. Thanks to those who met with the Federal Reserve Representative and to all of you for making our community great! Keep the momentum going!

District Spotlight: Mankato finds its big-city legs

Serve on Mankato’s Planning Commission

CityMkto_LeadingTheWayThe City of Mankato is seeking citizens to serve on the Planning Commission. This is an excellent opportunity for a member of our business community to get involved in the community. You can learn more about this position and how to apply by reviewing the press release from the city below. Feel free to contact Patrick Baker at GMG with any questions. Continue reading “Serve on Mankato’s Planning Commission”

Pulling back the curtain

CRAFTWe at Greater Mankato Growth (GMG) can sometimes look pretty mysterious. What does GMG do? It doesn’t hold property, make anything or have a profit stream. Just what is it anyway? Continue reading “Pulling back the curtain”

A NEW list – how does Greater Mankato measure up?

Every day we all have the opportunity to read a variety of articles, media, perspectives, etc.  Much of it we likely take in quickly and move on, some of it perhaps even impacting our thinking.  BUT, sometimes we read something that stops us…beckons us to return to it, re-read it, causes us to reflect…and may even serve as some type of productive inspiration for us going forward.

One of the talented professionals with whom I am blessed to work, Megan Flanagan (our Director of the City Center Partnership), shared this short article from The Atlantic Magazine, Eleven Signs a City Will Succeed by James Fallows.

This is a list we definitely want to do well on, and unlike many other lists, the metrics of this one are clear and tell us exactly what we can do as a community to do better.  I’m inspired by this list of eleven signs; probably because as someone who has spent a great deal of time working in community, the list makes sense to me.  And if I’m being honest, I also probably like it because as Trudie Gustafson (our EVP) said, “We have many of the signs!!!”

Take a few minutes to read the article…and let me know what you think.

Share your thoughts about Mankato Area Public Schools

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Photo Credit: Mankato Area Public Schools

The Mankato Area Public Schools are asking for the public to share their perspective on how our schools are doing and contribute to an ongoing dialogue on how the community can work together to improve the education experience for all of our students. Continue reading “Share your thoughts about Mankato Area Public Schools”

Test your knowledge of the Downtown

Downtown, or the City Center, is 1.7 square mile area in the heart of Greater Mankato. It includes the Belgrade commercial corridor in Lower North Mankato and spans multiple blocks along either side of Riverfront Drive from Madison Avenue to CHS in Mankato. It includes multiple neighborhoods like “Old Town”, “Washington Park” and “Sibley Park” to name just a few. Continue reading “Test your knowledge of the Downtown”

Wait! There’s an Election This Year!

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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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