Regional Economic Development Alliance (REDA)

The Greater Mankato regional marketplace includes Blue Earth and Nicollet counties and the communities immediately adjacent.

Each of the communities and counties in Greater Mankato has its own unique strengths, which together combine to create a robust portfolio of regional assets. In 2009, a progressive group of these communities and counties joined together with Greater Mankato Growth to efficiently provide both regional and individual city and county information to businesses interested in the Greater Mankato marketplace, this group is known as the Regional Economic Development Alliance or REDA.


To retain and grow the primary economic base of the Greater Mankato regional marketplace through business retention, new enterprise, emerging business development, and new business development.


It has become broadly accepted, embraced, and understood that economic prosperity and activities do not stop at jurisdictional boundaries. Rather, our economic and community prosperity lies in the success of our collective and immediate marketplace.

For this reason, the parties wish to facilitate economic development of the communities that make up the Greater Mankato regional marketplace. This endeavor will offer a “forum to strategically facilitate regional assets and opportunities” for the purpose of business development, and will enable us to enhance and develop our future economic prosperity.

Guiding Principles
  • Economic prosperity
  • Atmosphere of cooperation
  • Unique strengths and characteristics
  • Direct technical assistance
  • Efficient and effective delivery
  • Supportive Actions
  • Workforce development
REDA Partners
Opportunities to Get Involved

1 Million Cups
1 Million Cups – Mankato provides a supportive, inclusive space for entrepreneurs and their communities to gather and connect, where they can work through business challenges and identify opportunities. You can get involved in 1 Million Cups by signing up to share your own story, attending our events in the audience and sharing your expertise with our presenters, or joining the local organizer team that hosts the events and recruits organizers.

Global Entrepreneurship Week
Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) occurs each November. Organizations or individuals looking to help plan the week are asked to commit to hosting at least one event for entrepreneurs during that week.

Tour of Manufacturing
The Tour of Manufacturing occurs each October when manufacturers open their doors to the general public to highlight the work that is done in our region. You can get involved by joining the Tour of Manufacturing planning committee, supporting us with marketing the tour, or by registering as an employer to participate in the tour.

Invest & Grow

Meet our region and discover the resources to grow in Greater Mankato

Business Resources Blog

See articles from local experts and discover important insights specific to the region.

Networking Business After Hours
For more information please contact:
Ryan Vesey
Business Development Director