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Statement by Greater Mankato Growth on the Legislature’s Passage of the Bonding Bill
Mankato, MINN (May 21, 2018) – Following are statements from Jonathan Zierdt, President & CEO of Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. and Patrick Baker, Director of Government & Institutional Affairs for Greater Mankato Growth regarding last night’s Legislative passage of the bonding bill which approved funding for Corridors of Commerce to finish the four-lane expansion of Highway 14 from Owatonna to Dodge Center.
“Highway 14 connects the economic heartbeat of southern Minnesota. The Legislature’s commendable action last night is a major milestone in our mission to secure a four-lane highway from New Ulm to Rochester and is a significant victory in which all of southern Minnesota can be proud. It is particularly welcome news given Highway 14’s exclusion from the most recent Corridors of Commerce project selections. I want to particularly thank Patrick Baker, who leads our organization’s advocacy efforts, for his tireless work in advancing our region’s collective voice in support of Highway 14” said Jonathan Zierdt.
“The Legislature’s decision to direct Corridors of Commerce funding to complete this critical gap in Highway 14 is the culmination of decades of patience, persistence and passionate advocacy by so many dedicated individuals. Greater Mankato Growth would particularly like to thank the U.S. Highway 14 Partnership, our Highway 14 legislators, and MnDOT for their commitment to getting this critical project funded this session. However, this funding is not yet assured. Greater Mankato Growth calls upon Governor Dayton to sign the bonding bill into law. Highway 14 is a critical corridor of commerce and any further delay in securing this necessary funding will not only make the current situation more dangerous but inhibit economic growth and investment throughout southern Minnesota” said Patrick Baker.
Baker continued “Looking forward, Greater Mankato Growth will continue to advocate for Highway 14; next stop, New Ulm.”
About Greater Mankato Growth, Inc.
Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. is committed to advancing business for a stronger community. It 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, Inc. consists of four business units: Greater Mankato Growth serves as the Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development organization serving the regional marketplace, Visit Mankato focuses on visitor attraction and servicing, the City Center Partnership, focuses on development in the City Center and GreenSeam utilizes agriculture to build on the region’s extensive agribusiness assets to develop the ag economy.
contact: Patrick Baker, 507.385.6657,