Public Affairs Events

Upcoming Events

July 29
P-20 Education Review Breakfast

Join Greater Mankato Growth and your fellow colleagues for breakfast as Greater Mankato's education leaders present an update on preschool through college education (P-20) initiatives their institutions are pursuing to ensure that we're preparing our children and adult learners to be successful in the workforce. In addition to updating you on the progress being made in our P-20 system, they'll also outline opportunities for businesses to partner directly with them to strengthen your company's talent pipeline. Attendees will also have time for Q&A so you can engage directly with our education leaders on the issues most important to you.


Past Events

June 26
Legislative Session Recap Breakfast
Register now to join your fellow colleagues for breakfast as we recap the 2014 legislative session. Our panel of experts and local legislators will explain what happened and what it all means for your businesses and our community. The event will take place on Thursday, June 26 from 7:30 - 9:00 am at the Country Inn and Suites.

February 07
Breakfast with Congressman Tim Walz
Join Congressman Tim Walz and your colleagues for breakfast on Friday, February 7 from 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM at the Country Inn & Suites Hotel & Conference Center By Carlson.  Come hear the latest on what's going on with some of the major issues in Washginton D.C. including the Farm Bill, budget and taxes, health care, immigration, transportation, among others.  Attendees will also have ample time for a Q&A session to discuss issues of interest to them. You can register to attend this event here. Registration is open through Thursday, February 6.

March 18
Greater Mankato at the Capitol
Greater Mankato Growth invites you to attend the fifth consecutive Greater Mankato at the Capitol event on Tuesday, March 18th, at the Best Western Kelly Inn in St. Paul.  Greater Mankato at the Capitol allows attendees to be advocates on their own behalf as well as speak with a unified voice on key policy issues that allow our region to grow and thrive. Attendees will have the opportunity to rally in the Capitol Rotunda, participate in issue focused forums with state leaders, and interact with state legislators and colleagues at an evening reception. Round-trip transportation between Mankato and St. Paul will be provided.  Please see the Greater Mankato at the Capitol webpage for more information on this event and to register.

September 10
Unemployment Insurance 101 Seminar
The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development invites employers to attend a free Unemployment Insurance 101 Seminar on Tuesday, September 10th from 8:30am - 12:00pm at South Central College (Mankato Campus) in the Conference Center. Experts will update employers on recent UI changes and give them tips on how to manage unemployment issues in the workplace. RSVP by September 6th to receive a one-day SCC parking permit. See this flyer / registration form to learn about the presenters and the information that will be given.

September 12
Learn More About Health Care Reform
O n January 1, 2014 every individual will be required to have health insurance or face a penalty. To help individuals and small businesses get factual information and understand their obligations and options stemming from the Affordable Care Act, Rep. Kathy Brynaert, Rep. Clark Johnson and Sen. Kathy Sheran are hosting a Town Hall Forum on Thursday, September 12. The forum will focus on MNsure, the state's new health insurance "exchange," a one-stop health insurance marketplace where Minnesotans can find and compare health plans and choose the coverage that fits their needs. MNsure Executive Director April Todd-Malmlov will be at the forum to provide information and answer questions about MNsure, which opens on October 1st. From 6:00-7:00pm the forum will focus on health care for individuals and from 7:15-8:15pm focus on health care for small businesses. The forum will take place at South Central College in Heritage Hall. All residents in the Mankato and surrounding areas are invited and welcome to attend this free event. The forum is informational, not a political discussion, and is intended to prepare people for what they need to know to participate and purchase health insurance on the exchange. See the event flyer here.

August 16
Health Care Reform Implementation: What You Need to Know
The Affordable Care Act has changed the landscape for health insurance for every employer in Minnesota and while some parts of the law have been delayed, others are moving forward as scheduled. To bring businesses up to speed on the law’s requirements, Greater Mankato Growth is bringing in top experts on health care reform. This seminar on Friday, August 16 from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm at the Verizon Wireless Civic Center will provide you with the tools you need to make critical decisions to comply with the law while managing costs and providing sound benefits to employees. more info 

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July 17
Highway 14 Partnership Legislative Wrap Up Meeting
The U.S. Highway 14 Partnership will hold its 2013 Legislative Wrap-Up meeting on Wednesday, July 17 from 9:00-11:30 a.m. at the Owatonna Arts Center. In addition to an overview of the results of the Partnership’s legislative efforts, corridor legislators will address the membership and MnDOT Districts 6 and 7 will also provide updates on Highway 14 projects. Please RSVP your attendance to by July 12. 

June 26
2013 Legislative Session Recap
The Greater Mankato Growth Public Affairs Issues Forum is a monthly series that brings together compelling speakers and business leaders to discuss timely and relevant political and policy issues. The 2013 session of the Minnesota Legislature saw a number of pieces of significant legislation passed that will impact your business. Join us for breakfast on June 26 as our panel of experts and local legislators explain exactly what happened during this legislative session and what it all means. Sign up now to reserve your spot and get the political inside scoop! more info

June 18
U.S. Highway 169 Corridor Breakfast
The U.S. Highway 169 Corridor Coalition membership invite you to join them for breakfast to learn about the importance of the U.S. 169 highway corridor and how your support and involvement in the coalition can help your business. The Coalition will present information regarding U.S. Highway 169, the mission of the coalition, its goals and accomplishments, and membership opportunities. The breakfast will take place on Tuesday, June 18 from 7:15 - 8:30 a.m. at South Central College's Heritage Hall. RSVP to Barb Bersie-Ashfeld at 763-541-4800 by June 14. more info 

June 12
MN Department of Revenue Small Business Focus Groups
The Minnesota Department of Revenue is hosting three focus groups in Mankato to hear from small businesses on how the Department can improve its customer service. The focus groups will take place on June 12 at 10:00am, 12:30pm, and 3:00pm at the Greater Mankato Growth (1961 Premier Dr., Ste 100) Sakatah Room. The Department of Revenue is looking for suggestions about how to make it easier for small businesses to file and pay their taxes, how to communicate better, and other ways they can enhance our interactions with businesses. You can find the link to register here: more info

May 21
MnDOT Public Meeting on Hwy 22 Roundabouts
The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) will install roundabouts in 2014 at the intersections of Hwy 22 with Adams St. and with Madison Ave. To ensure the public is “roundabout ready” MnDOT will be conducting a number of informational activities over the course of this year and next. The first event will be an informational forum on Tuesday, May 21 from 4:00 – 7:00 pm (with presentations at 4:30 & 6:00 pm) at MnDOT’s Mankato Headquarters. more info  

May 9
Open House to plan for the Minnesota River State Trail
A master plan for the Minnesota River State Trail between Franklin and Le Sueur is being developed by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). When complete, the trail will connect to the Minnesota Valley State Trail in Le Sueur and the Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail in Mankato. The DNR is hosting an open house to provide information about the plan and receive input on Thursday, May 9 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm in the Mankato Room of the Intergovernmental Center, 10 Civic Center Plaza, Mankato. The open house is open to anyone with an interest in this future trail. more info

April 9
Governor Dayton Greater Mankato Town Hall
Governor Dayton will hold a town hall meeting on Tuesday, April 9 at 6:00 pm at South Central College in North Mankato. The event is free and open to the public.  

March 20 - 21
Greater Mankato at the Capitol

March 18
Xcel Energy to Hold Public Hearing in Mankato on Rate Increase
Xcel Energy has asked the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (MPUC) for permission to increase its electricity rates by $285.5 million, or approximately 10.7 percent effective January 1, 2013. A public hearing on Xcel’s proposal has been scheduled in Mankato so customers may have an opportunity to present their views on the adequacy and quality of Xcel Energy’s service, the level of rates, or other related matters. The public hearing will take place on Monday, March 18 at 7:00 p.m. at the Civic Center, 1 Civic Center Plaza, Mankato. Any Xcel Energy customer or other person may attend or provide comments at the hearing. The MPUC will evaluate Xcel’s request and will make its decision in September 2013. more info

March 9, 2012
State Revenue Commissioner to Hold Two Regional Town Halls
Myron Franz, the Minnesota Commissioner of Revenue, will be discussing the Governor’s proposed budget and tax reforms at two town halls hosted by our local legislators this coming Saturday, March 9. The first town hall will take place 9:00 – 10:30 am in St. Peter at the St. Peter Community Center and the second town hall will take place 11:00 am – 12:30 pm in North Mankato at South Central College. more info   

March 1, 2012
Transportation Roundtable with Chairman Hornstein  -   event flyer

February 5, 2012
Minnesota House District 19A Candidate Forum

December 7, 2012
Legislative Issues Forum