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Honorees Announced for Greater Mankato Business Awards & Hall of Fame

MANKATO, Minn. (October 5, 2016) – Each year Greater Mankato Growth, Inc., which includes Greater Mankato Growth,

Visit Mankato and City Center Partnership, recognizes outstanding businesses, organizations and professionals at the Greater Mankato Business Awards & Hall of Fame presented by ISG. This year’s event will be held on November 15 from 5:30 – 8:30 pm at Verizon Wireless Center. Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. is proud to announce this year’s 2016 honorees:

 

Greater Mankato Growth Awards

Hall of Fame (Each year, at least one outstanding private sector business from the Greater Mankato region is inducted into the Business Hall of Fame for their contributions to our vibrant community.  Those contributions include: contributing to better the quality of life in Greater Mankato through the creation of quality jobs and developing opportunities for their employees; demonstrates personal and business ethical qualities, including dedication to family, community, the environment and private enterprise; demonstrates qualities of entrepreneurship by assuming the risk of organizing, developing and managing a successful private business enterprise in Greater Mankato):

2016 Hall of Fame Inductee:  Dotson Iron Casting

 

Distinguished Business Award (Each year, one private outstanding business from the Greater Mankato region is honored for their contributions to our vibrant community.  Those contributions include: demonstrating personal and business ethical qualities, including dedication to family, community, the environment and private enterprise; demonstrates qualities of entrepreneurship by assuming the risk of organizing, developing and managing a successful business enterprise in Greater Mankato):
2016 Distinguished Business: Jenn Melby-Kelley, The Coffee Hag

Entrepreneurial Business Award (Each year, one outstanding private sector business from the Greater Mankato region is honored for contributions to our vibrant community.  Those contributions include:  demonstrating of qualities of entrepreneurship by assuming the risk of organizing, developing and managing a successful business enterprise in Greater Mankato):
2016 Entrepreneurial Business:  Heather Fisher, Salvage Sisters

Brian Fazio Business Education Partnership Award (Each year, recognizes partnerships that enhance education and business in Greater Mankato):
2016 Brian Fazio Business Education Partnership Award:
Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Dental Hygiene and Open Door Health Center


Hap Halligan Leadership Award (Each year, recognizes an outstanding individual who has participated in the Greater Mankato Leadership Institute program and has demonstrated exemplary creative or innovative contributions to the community):
2016 Hap Halligan Leadership Award: Scott Wojcik


Young Professional of the Year (Each year, one distinguished young professional between the age 21 and 40 is recognized for their demonstrated leadership and service through commitment to community, service and volunteerism; involvement in efforts to enrich the professional/leadership development of other young professionals; and be actively involved in efforts to welcome young professionals to learn, live, work and engage in Greater Mankato)
2016 Young Professional of the Year:  Brad Boettcher

 

Visit Mankato Awards

Bring It Home Award (recognizes an individual, group or organization that works alongside Visit Mankato to bring a significant event to Greater Mankato): The Dam Store

Hospitality Award (recognizes an individual, group or organization who has gone above and beyond to provide outstanding hospitality to the visitors of Greater Mankato OR who has helped promote Greater Mankato as a great destination to visit): Mankato Symphony Orchestra

 

City Center Partnership Awards

 

New Construction Over $5,000,000: Ridley Tower

New Construction Over $5,000,000, Municipal: Verizon Wireless Center Expansion/Performing Arts Center

Renovation $1,000,000 - $3,000,000: Bethlehem Lutheran Church

Renovation $500,000 - $1,000,000: Mankato Area Foundation Shared Spaces - A Center for Non Profit Collaboration

Renovation under $500,000: WYSIWYG Juice Co.

Preservation Stewardship: Carnegie Art Center

Downtown Detail: Tractor Bull Sculpture

CityArt “People’s Choice” Award: To be revealed at event

Tickets to the 2016 Greater Mankato Business Awards & Hall of Fame are available online at:
greatermankato.com/hall-fame.  

 

About Greater Mankato Growth, Inc.
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, the regional chamber of commerce and economic development organization, is an affiliate of Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. which also includes the local convention and visitor's bureau, Visit Mankato and downtown development organization, City Center Partnership.

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