Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. Names Della Schmidt as President and Chief Executive Officer

Mankato, Minn. (April 23, 2024) – Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. (GMG) is excited to announce the appointment of Della Schmidt as president and chief executive officer of the organization.

Schmidt has more than three decades of experience leading chamber, economic development, workforce development, and regional partnership organizations and initiatives within southern Minnesota and southeastern Iowa, most recently serving as the President and CEO of the Greater Burlington Partnership the past five years. Prior to this, Schmidt led the Winona Area Chamber of Commerce over a 16-year period, and also served as president of the Carlton County Chamber and as President of the St. Peter Area Chamber.

“We are thrilled to welcome Della Schmidt, a dynamic leader who has a track record of success with chamber and economic development initiatives, as GMG’s new President and CEO,” said David Krause, chair of the Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. Board of Directors. “Della brings extensive experience leading complex organizations, building community and business partnerships, and developing teams all focused on driving economic growth and opportunity which will benefit our region.”

“Della has a track record of fostering collaboration between communities, businesses, local governments, and institutions, driving a robust business sector and a healthy economy,” said Charlie Whitaker, chair of the search committee. “We are excited about the contributions and experience she will bring to GMG and our region.”

“I am thrilled to be joining GMG and returning to a community that has always held a special place in my heart,” commented Della Schmidt. “Assuming the role of President and CEO at Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. presents a remarkable opportunity for me to leverage my skills and expertise to further propel Greater Mankato Growth’s mission and advance the economic success in the region. I look forward to collaborating with the talented team at GMG, business members, and volunteers as we work together to realize the vision outlined in the Greater Mankato 2040 strategic plan.”

Della is beginning the transition into her new role as President and CEO of GMG, Inc. and expects to join the new team in June.