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Honorees Announced for Greater Mankato Business Awards & Hall of Fame

Recipients Honored at November 14 Event

MANKATO, Minn. (October 10, 2017) – 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. This year’s event is presented by ISG and will be held on November 14 from 5:30 – 8:30 pm at Verizon Center. Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. is proud to announce this year’s 2017 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):

2017 Hall of Fame Inductee:  Kato Insurance Agency

 

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):

2017 Distinguished Business: Chankaska Creek Ranch & Winery

 

Brian Fazio Business Education Partnership Award (Each year, recognizes partnerships that enhance education and business in Greater Mankato)

2017 Brian Fazio Business Education Partnership Award: Junior Achievement of Greater Mankato; Mankato Area Public Schools; Loyola High School


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):

2017 Hap Halligan Leadership Award: John Bulcock, 2013-14


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)

2017 Young Professional of the Year:  Christopher Harstad

 

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): Paul Gaspar, Mankato United Soccer Club

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 RibFest

City Center Partnership Awards

 

New Construction Over $5,000,000: Block 518 (Tailwind Group)

Renovation $500,000 - $1,000,000: Bluebird Cakery

Renovation under $500,000: Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Minnesota State University, Mankato)

Preservation Stewardship: Boy in Blue Monument (Civil War Memorial Project)

Downtown Detail: Kites Mural (City of Mankato)

Creative Placemaking: Human Foosball (Greater Mankato Area United Way)

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

Tickets to the 2017 Greater Mankato Business Awards & Hall of Fame are available online at: greatermankato.com/hall-fame.  

 

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