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Agriculture is currently the largest business industry segment across the South Central Minnesota Agricultural Region (SCMAR) with approximately $6.3 billion in sales annually. Spanning an economic continuum from production, processing, professional services, education, technology, research, manufacturing, transportation and more; a majority of businesses in the region are either part of ag’s value stream or indirectly impacted. The region boasts an extensive list of ag business concentration and industry dominance. To that end, GMG is partnering with ag businesses across South Central Minnesota and Northern Iowa to strategically build on and connect the region’s extensive ag business assets in order to develop and position the South Central Minnesota Agricultural Region as the premier ag business epicenter.
The South Central Minnesota Agricultural Region will build on existing ag business prominence and maximize a growing economic marketplace in order to be the premier ag business epicenter in the United States - the most diverse, balanced and sustainable.
Project ABE (Ag Busines Epicenter) organizes and aligns the collective work of SCMAR stakeholders to promote investment in ag business and contribute to the shared vision.
- Project ABE Steering Committee
- Project ABE Unifying Document
- Agricultural Snapshot of Greater Mankato
- Committment to Ag Business Announcement Media Release - November 2014
- Greater Mankato Growth Expands Areas of Work | Janesville Argus
- Greater Mankato Growth Invests to Create Ag-Business Epicenter | KEYC
- Jobs News Continues to be Good for Greater Mankato Area | KEYC
- Greater Mankato Growth launches Ag initiative as Jon Zierdt says think Silicon Valley | KTOE
- New group aims to make region Silicon Valley of agribusiness | The Free Press
- Mankato area: Silicon Valley for Agriculture | The Free Press
- Greater Mankato Growth Expands Areas of Work | The Land
- Greater Mankato Growth hopes to nourish agricultural growth | Agri News
- Mankato area business group hopes to nourish in agricultural growthth | Post-Bulletin