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Community Navigators

The Community Navigators program was developed to contribute to the sucess of attracting and retaining newcomers to the area. Moving to a new community can be hard, but we want to make it a little easier with the Community Navigators program.


  • Are you new to Greater Mankato? We want to give a warm welcome to all participants.
  • Sign up for a Community Navigator to help you get acclimated.
  • Take the INTEREST SURVEY and we’ll match you with a Community Navigator who shares your interests and is an ideal match (contact jsprague@greatermankato.com)
  • Your Community Navigator will contact you within two weeks so you can find the perfect time to connect.
  • Access to varies events, lunch & learns



A Community Navigator is a super connector with a robust network and knowledge of Greater Mankato. New community members can connect with us online and we’ll match you with a personal guide. You’ll get introduced to new people that have similar interests and get plugged into Greater Mankato. We want you to love this place as much as we do, so let us show you why it’s so special!

  • Are you a super connector?
  • Passionate about our community?
  • Share your knowledge of Greater Mankato, your network and your friendships with newcomers
  • APPLY NOW to be a Community Navigator

Thank you to our 2020 Sponsors:




“Recruitment and retention of employees is critical to the success of the businesses in our region, and thus, to our region’s success as a whole. When an employee or family relocates to our community, it can be difficult to get connected initially. The faster a person feels at home here, the more likely that person is to stay. The Greater Mankato Community Navigator program will help newcomers get plugged into our community, personally and professionally, more quickly. The program will help them connect to the goods and services they need as well as helping them to make meaningful personal connections as they make their home in our community. We believe this will translate to people being comfortable here more quickly, and thus more likely to stay.”

Julia Ketcham Corbett of Blethen Berens

“Being new to the Mankato business community, there are so many resources to utilize that it can be a challenge learning about all of them. As a business owner, having an organization like the Community Navigators there to help find all the fantastic entrepreneurial advocates, Greater Mankato Growth resources, Small Business Development Center initiatives, and other resources and like-minded people is phenomenal."

Brad Kramer, ProvenioConsultingFirm

"The Greater Mankato Growth Community Navigator program is a great addition to the resources provided to new employees as they integrate into our community. We believe it is important that our employees become connected and engaged in the community as soon as possible. Greater Mankato has a lot to offer and we are excited to get our employees connected as they begin their journey as an employee and new community member."

Dr. James Hebl, Mayo Clinic Health System

"The Community Navigators plays an important role in helping you keep your talent right here in the Greater Mankato area. Newcomers face many challenges that we often take for granted, and having the right people to help connect them the resources in this community is an invaluable experience. This helps empower newcomers to be contributing members of society by building their network in things that matter most to them. Ultimately, this investment is a win for everyone involved."

Dr. Cuong Huynh D.C., Chiropracticor


"I’m excited to be involved as a Growth Community Navigator program. This is a great addition to the resources provided to new employees as they become integrated into our community. I want new community members to love this community as much as my family does, through this program I can personally help show them how great our community is!"

Paul Lawton, ISG

"The Greater Mankato Growth Navigator program connects new community members with established community members. I’m excited to be part of a program which helps facilitate deeper connections within all aspects of our community including events, volunteering and networking. Ensuring community members feel welcome is critical to retaining and recruiting talent to area businesses."
Christina Bohlke, BankVista
The Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. Family: Visit Mankato City Center Partnership