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Greater Mankato Growth Launches Program to Welcome Newcomers to Community

MANKATO, MINN. (June 21, 2019) – Greater Mankato Growth launched a new program last week to introduce and onboard new community members, called Greater Mankato Community Navigators. A Community Navigator is a super connector with a robust knowledge of the community. Newcomers can connect with these navigators online and Greater Mankato Growth will assist in matching them with a personal guide. People will be matched with similar interests in hopes of making the transition of moving here a smooth process. 

Designed by a member-based task force, Greater Mankato Community Navigators is one of the actions being undertaken by Greater Mankato Growth to support our business members better recruit and retain the talent they need. “While businesses onboard their new employees to their company, the community was missing a comprehensive program to onboard new residents. We know from our members that if a new professional is not able to build a social network for themselves and their family within two years, our community is likely to lose them. Greater Mankato Community Navigators seeks to address this by intentionally and quickly ‘rooting’ new residents in our community” said Jaci Sprague, Director of Business and Community Relations at Greater Mankato Growth. “I encourage individuals and businesses alike to consider applying to become a Community Navigator and to enroll new employees in the program.”  

·         Apply to be a Community Navigator 

·         Fill out an interest survey to get matched with a navigator

Melissa Bradley of Snell Motors and Chair of the Greater Mankato Community Navigators Committee, stated, “We couldn’t be more excited to support this new program in Greater Mankato! Sometimes the process of moving to a new community, especially where you don’t already have family or friends, can be a tough transition. We believe the Greater Mankato Community Navigators will provide assistance to newcomers and help ease that transition, so they feel immediately welcome.”

We would not be able to offer this program without the generous support and valuable input of our member task force, our 2019 sponsor Snell Motors and the entire community. This program is available to Greater Mankato Growth members and non-members. Find out more here.   

About Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. 
Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. (GMG) is comprised of four business units; Greater Mankato Growth, the regional chamber of commerce and economic development organization serving the regional marketplace; Visit Mankato, the local convention and visitor's bureau; City Center Partnership, a downtown development organization; and GreenSeam, which utilizes agriculture to build on the region's extensive agribusiness assets to develop the ag economy. 




contact:             Jaci Sprague, 507.385.6643




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