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Greater Mankato Growth names new Director of Government & Institutional Affairs

MANKATO, MINN. (October 25, 2012) – Patrick Baker has been named the new Director of Government & Institutional Affairs for Greater Mankato Growth. In this newly created position, Baker will serve as the relationship manager on behalf of the Greater Mankato area and will work with area lawmakers as well as with legislators and influential leaders from across the state to raise awareness of our regional center and its importance to the state. Baker will begin the position the week of November 12.

“As one of the state’s premier communities, the Greater Mankato area has a great story to tell. I am confident that by forging strong partnerships among business leaders, community stakeholders, elected officials and other leaders, we can collectively see to it that the Greater Mankato area achieves the visibility and respect it deserves with decision makers in St. Paul and throughout the state,” said Baker.

The hire is part of a new three year plan the GMG Board of Directors approved in July to raise the region’s profile among state decision makers and other leaders. The plan includes an overall investment of $390,000 over the next three years, with approximately $225,000 of the funding coming from GMG’s reserves and the remaining generated through new earned revenue. “This is a bold and worthwhile investment that will provide a greater opportunity for our businesses and community stakeholders to collectively raise their voice on behalf of policies that advance our marketplace. Patrick’s approach and background align with these objectives.” said Greater Mankato Growth President & CEO Jonathan Zierdt. “Patrick brings to this new position a mix of valuable expertise, along with a personal passion for the Greater Mankato community”

Originally from Mankato, Baker graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. For nearly five years, he has worked as a Legislative Associate for the Education and Workforce Committee of the National Governors Association in Washington, D.C., where he was responsible for representing the views of the nation’s governors on federal education and workforce issues before Congress, the White House, federal agencies and stakeholder groups. “Patrick’s experience working in a bi-partisan manner with the nation’s governors and their staff to craft meaningful policy positions and then advance those positions through effective advocacy has prepared him to take Greater Mankato’s presence within the state to the next level,” said Zierdt.

In addition to having the opportunity to, as he puts it “move the needle on policy impacting Greater Mankato,” Baker sees an additional benefit to the position- the opportunity to return to the area he loves. “Greater Mankato has always held a special place in my heart. I look forward to being back in my hometown and am excited for the opportunity to help Greater Mankato Growth build upon its strong track record of improving the economic vitality for the region.” 

For more information, contact Shelly Megaw at 507.385.6642 or smegaw@greatermankato.com.  

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