Greater Mankato Growth Blog

Uncovering the Job Gap

Facing my last semester as a senior (second year) in college I was facing thee question, what next? Time for reality, a full-time “grown-up” job was hopefully coming my way very, very soon. But how was I going… Read More

Moving from Cancer Survivor to Cancer Patient…TEMPORARILY

(Warning: Transformation Ahead) While not likely new to any of you, I’ve been a multiple cancer survivor for more than two and a half years. During that time, I have been blessed to have phenomenal, integrated and patient… Read More

Redesign and Launch of greatermankatoevents.com

So what should we do today?  Who has live music tonight?  Where can we take the kids to get them out of the house? The website greatermankatoevents.com is being relaunched thanks to a community partnership and technical expertise… Read More

Yes, it IS worth your time!

Last Wednesday 43 participants graduated from Greater Mankato Growth’s Leadership Institute. Each year a graduation dinner is held on the last day to honor the participants’ hard work and dedication to the nine-month program. One of my favorite parts of this event is when… Read More

Minneapolis Fed Writes Article Featuring Greater Mankato

A 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… Read More

Looking for Great Local Government Candidates

Like it or not, for good or bad, local government has a big impact on businesses in Greater Mankato and indeed, our overall community. Luckily, we have a strong tradition of well-run, financially-strong, clean local governments that have… Read More

Serve on Mankato’s Planning Commission

The 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… Read More

Opportunity in Professional Sports

This past March, I posted about the upcoming economic opportunity connecting Greater Mankato to the Super Bowl being hosted in Minneapolis in 2018. The connection of Greater Mankato to the professional sports market gained further momentum recently. The largest… Read More

New Retail Business

JIM:  Hey, John. Just got a note from a woman wanting to know how we could get Bed, Bath & Beyond to the area. This reminds me of the other requests that we get Trader Joe’s and Costco… Read More

Pulling back the curtain

We 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?

J&J’s Water Cooler Talk: Old Town

Jim Santori is the New Business Development Director at Greater Mankato Growth (GMG).  John Considine is the Director of Regional Business Intelligence at GMG.  They work together to grow the regional business marketplace. JOHN: So Jim, Old Town… Read More

The Super Bowl and Greater Mankato

In May of 2014, the NFL awarded Minnesota the 52nd Super Bowl.  The game itself will be played in U.S. Bank Stadium, however the event will stretch out across the entire state.  The vision of Super Bowl LII… Read More