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Greater Mankato Growth and South Central College release Statements on Minnesota Medical Manufacturing Partnership

(July 9, 2015) The announcement Wednesday by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce that Minnesota's Medical Manufacturing Partnership is one of 12 communities nationwide selected has a major local impact. The designation means the partnership - which includes Greater Mankato Growth and South Central College - is now eligible for federal aid and support to accelerate manufacturing growth and create jobs.

Jonathan Zierdt, president & CEO of Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. in a statement said “While not always apparent, Greater Mankato is home to a multitude of firms and manufacturers that are key providers of inputs and supply chain materials in the medical manufacturing industry. While some of the big brands and companies may be located in the metro, many of those products and parts are produced right here in our marketplace.”

“This is yet another example of the collaborative spirit that makes our region so strong,” said Dr. Annette Parker, President of South Central College also in a statement. “I want to thank Marsha Danielson at South Central College and the professionals at Greater Mankato Growth for their diligent efforts to move this designation forward. Health care and medical device manufacturing are both significant industries in our region and program areas at our college, we are excited about the opportunities this partnership will bring to our students, businesses and communities.”       

For further questions please contact Amy Linde, 507.382.3993, at Greater Mankato Growth or Shelly Megaw, 507.381.0404, at South Central College.

Click to view other news releases/ statements on the announcement:
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker Announces Designation of 12 New Manufacturing Communities Under the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership ProgramU.S. Department of Commerce
Statement from Lt. Governor Tina Smith on Minnesota Medical Manufacturing PartnershipDEED
Minnesota Medical Manufacturing Partnership Receives Federal Designation, Greater MSP


About Greater Mankato Growth

Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. exists to intentionally develop the regional center by promoting, supporting and serving as a catalyst for economic development through: business growth, retention and attraction; talent growth, retention and attraction; regional livability and advocacy of the marketplace. Greater Mankato Growth, Inc., the regional Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development organization, includes two LLCs: Visit Mankato, LLC, which focuses on visitor attraction and servicing, and the City Center Partnership, LLC, which focuses on development in the City Center.

About South Central College

South Central College (SCC) is a comprehensive community and technical college that is part of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system, with campuses in Faribault and North Mankato. SCC is proud to be part of the Southern Minnesota Center of Agriculture, a MnSCU Center of excellence headquartered at the college’s North Mankato Campus. In addition to agriculture, SCC also offers programs in allied health and nursing, business, technical careers and liberal arts & sciences. SCC is an Affirmative Action Equal Opportunity Employer/Educator.



The Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. Family: Visit Mankato City Center Partnership