Upcoming Public Affairs Forums

These events bring together compelling speakers and business leaders to discuss timely and relevant political and policy issues.

September Forum: Minnesota’s Economy: Not As Good As We Think?
September 27, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm | Minnesota Soybean Growers Association

While those of us in Greater Mankato have experienced strong economic growth over the past few years, things aren’t as great as they would appear in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. That is the opinion of former Department of Commerce chief economist Joseph Kennedy, who authored a report for the Center of the American Experiment, a Minnesota-based think-tank that concludes Minnesota has had “average at best” economic growth the last 15 years. This luncheon forum will highlight the key findings of the report, titled “Minnesota’s Economy: Mediocre Performance Threatens The State’s Future” and prompt discussion on causes and solutions to Minnesota’s alleged economic doldrums. You’ll want to take this opportunity to attend and join in this important discussion.

October Forum: New Overtime Rules: Are You Prepared?
October 26, 7:30 – 9:00 am | Greater Mankato Growth

The Department of Labor released its long-awaited final rule updating its overtime regulations for exempt “white collar” salaried workers. These regulations govern which executive, administrative, professional, outside sales and computer employees are entitled to minimum wage and overtime pay protections under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

The annual threshold has increased from $455 per week or $23,660 annual salary to $913 per week or the equivalent of a $47,476 annual salary; a 50% increase. This will clearly have an impact on employers and employees in the Greater Mankato area. This forum’s expert panel will provide you with the critical information you’ll need to comply with this new law.