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Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. Announces Volunteer of the Year Recipients

(January 21, 2016) MANKATO, MINN. - Greater Mankato Growth, Visit Mankato and City Center Partnership announce their 2015 Volunteer of the Year award recipients. Nathan Hanel, Jay Reasner and Jim Whitlock have made an outstanding contribution to our organizations by demonstrating leadership through service and volunteerism as well as making a contribution to the betterment of the community’s quality of life, business environment and economic vitality.

Greater Mankato Growth’s Volunteer of the Year, Nathan Hanel: Nathan Hanel has a passion and dedication to the Greater Mankato Young Professionals (YP) program that shines through his outstanding support and service. Nathan has been a member of the Young Professionals since its inception in 2008. He has served as chair of the Professional Development Committee for two years prior to becoming Chair in 2015. Nathan attends nearly every event, is dedicated to the program and reaches out to each and every new YP member. Nathan is a true champion for Greater Mankato Growth and the Greater Mankato Young Professionals.

Visit Mankato’s Volunteer of the Year, Jay Reasner: Jay Reasner’s desire to make our community a great visitor destination is clear through his involvement with Visit Mankato for many years. He has been a board member since 2013 and served as a committee member on numerous initiatives. Jay’s passion, hard work and talents have helped shape the Vikings Tasting event, Visit Mankato’s iKNOW program and the Mankato Marathon’s popular finish line and newly redesigned celebration on Front Street. Jay’s dedication to the success of the City Center and Greater Mankato in general has contributed to signature events and initiatives the community can be proud of.

City Center Partnership’s Volunteer of the Year, Jim Whitlock: Jim Whitlock has been a tireless volunteer to promote City Center North Mankato, including organizing and managing several events which have significant impact to businesses on Belgrade Avenue: Blues on Belgrade, Bookin’ on Belgrade, Bier on Belgrade and Bells on Belgrade. In addition, Jim has been the driving force behind the success of the Business on Belgrade organization. Jim's dedication and countless hours of volunteerism have definitely made a major contribution to the success of North Mankato and the City Center.

Award recipients will be honored at the Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. Annual Meeting on March 10 from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm, at the Centennial Student Union Ballroom at Minnesota State University, Mankato. This year’s theme, Making Headlines, focuses on the organizations, members and investors successes of 2015 and goals for 2016. This is a member exclusive event. To learn more, register for this event and view the recipients full profiles, please visit greatermankato/annual-meeting.

About Greater Mankato Growth, Inc.
Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. comprises three affiliates organizations: Greater Mankato Growth, the regional chamber of commerce and economic development organization; Visit Mankato, the local convention and visitor's bureau; and City Center Partnership, a downtown development organization.

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