The largest economic growth hurdle for the next ten years will be availability of workforce. Historically, Minnesota has had one of the highest labor force participation rates in the country.
To capitalize on this, the size of the population needs to continue to grow.
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Minnesotans’ opportunity to shape the 2019 political landscape begins in earnest with the primary election on August 14. At this election, voters will be asked to winnow down the field of candidates in a number of races for federal, state, and local office and determine which candidates will proceed to the November 6 General Election.
Elections are one of the most important and effective ways citizens can make their voices heard. For that reason, Greater Mankato Growth has compiled and created a Primary Election Toolkit that contains all the information you’ll need to fully exercise your right to vote. Please share this information with your employees, colleagues, friends and family and remember to vote on August 14. Continue reading “Vote in the August 14 Primary Election”
The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry released a statement earlier this month outlining the upcoming minimum wage rate increase effective January 1, 2018.
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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 issue facing businesses in our local economy is workforce challenges. This isn’t localized to our area either. Demographic shifts are impacting the national labor force as Baby Boomers age out of the workforce. These challenges take different forms depending on the industry, from training to just having enough people to staff a 2nd shift.
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CELEBRATING NATIONAL AG WEEK
“National Ag Week” is being celebrated March 13-19 all across the United States, as well as in Minnesota, with Tuesday, March 15, being designated as “National Ag Day”. As we celebrate “National Ag Week”, it is a good time to reflect on all the traditions and advancements that help make the U.S. and Minnesota agriculture industry truly remarkable.
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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 Executive Board is being developed now. The Executive Board is made up of Governor Mark Dayton, Zygi Wilf (Minnesota Vikings), Mark Wilf (Minnesota Vikings), Richard Davis (U.S. Bancorp), Marilyn Carlson Nelson (Carlson Companies), Doug Baker (Ecolab), Lester Bagley (Minnesota Vikings), Michael Langley (Greater MSP).
The Super Bowl, in terms of an event, is a 10 day festival with millions of guests. There are Continue reading “The Super Bowl and Greater Mankato”