COVID-19 Business Loan/Grant Resources

With COVID-19 hitting businesses tremendously hard, all levels of government and other organizations have made a number of financial resources for businesses available. Below is a comprehensive list of those resources with links to where you can learn more. Continue reading “COVID-19 Business Loan/Grant Resources”

Nicollet County Property Tax Penalty Waived Through July 15 for Qualifying Taxpayers

nicollet county logoThe late payment penalty for first-half property taxes for qualifying Nicollet County property owners who are financially impacted by the COVID-19 crisis has been waived from May 15 to July 15, 2020. Continue reading “Nicollet County Property Tax Penalty Waived Through July 15 for Qualifying Taxpayers”

Property Tax Deferral

property taxOn behalf of our business community, Greater Mankato Growth has been in discussions with County leadership in both Blue Earth and Nicollet Counties regarding concern we’ve heard from several business owners that they will have difficulty making their May 15 property tax payment. Discussions have focused on how counties could waive late payment penalties for property taxes in a way that targets the businesses most impacted, while also not jeopardizing the fiscal stability of our county, city and school district partners. On Tuesday this week both the Nicollet and Blue Earth County Boards will consider property tax deferral options. Continue reading “Property Tax Deferral”

Vote in the August 14 Primary Election

Vote-2018-660x382Minnesotans’ 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”

Looking for Great Candidates for Local Government

I-want-you-small-for-webLike 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 been a great asset, but this didn’t come by accident. It took dedicated women and men willing to step up and bring their expertise and sound judgment to bear in service to the public. Always remember that it only takes one election to make a mess of the progress we’ve collectively worked so hard to earn in our community. To be clear, this isn’t a statement about those currently in office, rather an argument that our democracy works best when we are engaged and involved in our government. That’s why it is critical that citizens are able to choose from a strong slate of candidates for local office at this November’s election. Continue reading “Looking for Great Candidates for Local Government”

Coming Soon: Countywide Public Transportation

Countywide public transportation is coming to rural Blue Earth, Nicollet and Le Sueur counties.  Please help shape the new transit system to best fit our community’s needs by taking a short online survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/tricountytransit.

This built out system will go a long way towards improving commuting by connecting affordable housing to employment destinations.

There are actually two separate initiatives that are collaborating on transportation planning. A second planning process is focused on connecting Saint Peter, Le Sueur and Mankato via the Highway 169 corridor.

The survey above is in regards to the Tri-County Transit system, which will include rural portions of Blue Earth, Nicollet and Le Sueur counties, utilizing a combination of routes and dial-a-ride features and working as much as possible in combination with other city systems. Each group knows the other is working and will continue to work in tandem to complement each other’s services.

Have questions or need a paper copy of the survey?  Contact Mike at 507.720.5470 or mikel@vinevolunteers.com.

Candidate Profiles Now Available Online

vote-2016Profiles of candidates participating in the November 8, 2016 elections in our region are now available on Greater Mankato Growth’s election website greatermankatoelections.com. The information was provided directly from the candidates vying for office. Continue reading “Candidate Profiles Now Available Online”

Just Released: County Business Patterns

The U.S. Census Bureau has released the 2014 County Business Patterns (CBP) statistics on Thursday, April 21, 2016. CBP covers more than 7.5 million U.S. business establishments, and provides employment and payroll data at subnational levels by industry.

In the Greater Mankato area, Blue Earth and Nicollet Counties, there are 2,573 establishments (businesses).  This is 12 more than the year before.

Blue Earth ranked 12th in the State in annual payroll with $1,228,666,000.  Nicollet was 30th with $472,813,000 in annual payroll.  As a region, payroll increased by $61,333,000 or 3.74% over the last year.

When looking at it by industry sector, I compiled the following table for the Greater Mankato area: Continue reading “Just Released: County Business Patterns”