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Trudie Gustafson appointed new Vice President for Greater Mankato Growth, Inc.


contact:          Amy Linde, 507.382.3993,  alinde@greatermankato.com


MANKATO, MINN. (February 20, 2014) – Trudie Gustafson will join Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. (GMG,
Inc.) as its new Vice President. Gustafson will retire from Taylor Corporation, after 37 years, and begin her work with GMG, Inc. on Monday, March 31st.

Gustafson has been with Taylor Corporation since 1977, serving as a Vice President for the corporation beginning in 1999, and as General Manager for three different business divisions since 2004 with her most recent role as General Manager of Carlson Craft.

Gustafson, served on the Greater Mankato Economic Development Corporation (GMEDC) Board of Directors prior to the merger of GMEDC with the Mankato Area Chamber of Commerce in 2007 to form Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. (GMG, Inc.). After which she remained on the GMG, Inc. Board until 2011 where she served as the Chair of the Board from 2009 – 2010. She becomes the second Past Chair to retire from a long and successful career as a senior executive in local private business and join the staff of Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. Tom Riley, the Chair of the Board for the GMEDC from 2004 - 2006 joined the staff in 2008 as the organization’s New Business Development Director, a position he still holds 6 years later.

“We’ve been very deliberate about creating culture and expectations within GMG, Inc. that enable us to attract and retain some of the most skilled and committed professionals, allowing us to serve as well as exceed the expectations of our members and businesses and add value to the Greater Mankato regional marketplace.” said Jonathan Zierdt, President & CEO of Greater Mankato Growth, Inc.

Gustafson, a proven and respected business and community leader, will bring extensive senior leadership experience to GMG, Inc. Her breadth of expertise ranges from strategic planning & operational management, to valued customer and partner relationships, to talent development, alignment and optimization. 

Gustafson will be responsible for the daily operations of the organization, its integration, efficiencies and impact across all three business units – Greater Mankato Growth, Visit Mankato and City Center Partnership – in a role one might refer to as a “chief operating officer.” She will focus on the performance and impact of our programs and services, and our people; ensuring GMG Inc. is efficient and effective. Gustafson will also work closely on and lead a number of the organization’s key strategic endeavors.

“Trudie is an immense addition to an already very talented and productive staff that together with our partners and volunteers have afforded Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. and its three business units to have a positive impact and add value to our thriving and emerging regional marketplace,” said Zierdt. “Trudie’s extensive business experience and knowledge of our organization and marketplace will allow her to immediately impact our work and drive our success as an organization and a region.”

“The opportunities I have had and the business acumen I have gained in my tenure with the Taylor organization will help me tremendously in serving our Greater Mankato Growth membership and the regional marketplace,” said Gustafson.  “I look forward to both the opportunity and the privilege to serve our membership in a leadership capacity while representing the Greater Mankato community.”

About Greater Mankato Growth, Inc.

Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. is committed to advancing business for a stronger community. As the Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development organization serving the regional marketplace, Greater Mankato Growth advances business through: existing business support, new business growth, business promotion, talent development, public affairs, community marketing, visitor attraction and servicing and civic engagement. Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. also includes two LLCs: the Greater Mankato Convention and Visitors Bureau, LLC, which focuses on visitor attraction and servicing, and the City Center Partnership, LLC, which focuses on development in the City Center.  For more information, visit greatermankato.com.



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