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Greater Mankato Growth recognized for leadership on jobs

MANKATO, Minn. (July 30, 2013) - Greater Mankato Growth was recognized for its commitment to retaining jobs as a partner of Grow Minnesota!, the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce’s distinctive private-sector economic development program. Greater Mankato Growth is one of 60 local partners in the statewide network.

“Grow Minnesota! celebrates 10 years of thanking businesses for investing in their communities and our state,” said Bill Blazar, Minnesota Chamber senior vice president of public affairs and business development. “Key to our visits, we learn what it will take to keep a company in Minnesota, and when necessary, linking the owners and managers to the appropriate private- and/or public-sector resources to help solve its problems.”

In the past 10 years, Greater Mankato Growth has made nearly 500 visits. Often joining Greater Mankato Growth on these visits are local officials from communities that are members of the Regional Economic Development Alliance (REDA). This year the Greater Mankato Growth is expanding its Grow Minnesota! program by making it possible for members of the business community to make some of the business visits and share the intelligence gained and any follow-up action needed with Greater Mankato Growth.  “Conducting these face-to-face visits with company officials, is a tremendously effective way to support our business. By expanding the program, we will be able to expand these benefits,” said Greater Mankato Growth President & CEO Jonathan Zierdt.

Local chambers and business development organizations like Greater Mankato Growth are at the foundation of the program’s statewide successes, Blazar said. During its 10 years, program volunteers have connected with well over 7,000 Minnesota companies and provided direct assistance to more than 1,000 businesses. Retention efforts have protected close to 15,000 jobs.

Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development joined Minnesota Chamber officials in presenting recognition to the local partners. “Thank you for advancing economic development in Minnesota,” she said. “You play a critical role in retaining and growing Minnesota companies.”

For more information about Greater Mankato Growth’s participation in Grow Minnesota! visit greatermankato.com/grow-minnesota.

About Greater Mankato Growth

Greater Mankato Growth (GMG) is committed to advancing business for a stronger community. As the Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development organization serving the regional marketplace, GMG advances business through: existing business support, new business growth, business promotion, talent development, public affairs, community marketing, visitor attraction and servicing and civic engagement. Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. also includes two LLCs: Visit Mankato, which focuses on visitor attraction and servicing, and the City Center Partnership, LLC, which focuses on development in the City Center.  

About the Regional Economic Development Alliance (REDA)
In 2009, the Regional Economic Development Alliance (REDA) began with a progressive group of communities and

counties joining together with Greater Mankato Growth in business attraction and development efforts. REDA participants include Eagle Lake, Lake Crystal, Le Sueur, Madison Lake, Mankato, Saint Peter and Blue Earth County. By working together, the group is able to efficiently provide regional and individual city and county information to businesses interested in the Greater Mankato marketplace. As a result of promoting the individual strengths of each community, along with the combined assets of the regional marketplace, all experience collective success.


contacts:          Shelly Megaw, 507.381.0404                  Kathi Schaff, 651.292.4667

            smegaw@greatermankato.com              kschaff@mnchamber.com

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