Job Fair Hiring Event

The Mankato Workforce Center is hosting a Job Fair next Wednesday, December 7th from 10 am to 2 pm.  The event is free and open to anyone seeking employment.  The Workforce Center is located at 12 Civic Center Plaza, Mankato, MN in the Mankato Place Mall.

Companies that will be attending:

Agropur (formerly Davisco) in Le Sueur

Openings in Production, Lab, Janitorial, and Office/Professional.

For more information see: www.daviscofoods.com

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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”

Growing a Greater Mankato Campaign Launched

Growing a Greater Mankato logoLast week Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. along with the community volunteers serving on the Sales Tax Extension Committee launched a public education campaign known as Growing a Greater Mankato to inform voters about the proposed extension of the existing local 0.5% sales tax by the Cities of Mankato and North Mankato. Continue reading “Growing a Greater Mankato Campaign Launched”

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

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 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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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.

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”