Mankato city officials and economic development leaders were in St. Paul Tuesday for Mankato Day at the Capitol.
Greater Mankato Growth coordinated the visit, which it calls "the largest citizen advocacy event from our region." This is the fifth year for the event. The goal is to heighten awareness of the Mankato area and southern Minnesota among state lawmakers.
This year’s theme is Economy @ Work. It emphasizes the region’s "continued success and our ongoing positive impact on the economic vitality of the state," according to a statement issued by GMG.
"This event allows community members the opportunity to communicate to elected officials why Greater Mankato is a great place to live, work and do business. It also affords the opportunity to discuss policy issues of concern to each individual all while raising the visibility of our marketplace," said Greater Mankato Growth President & CEO Jonathan Zierdt prior to the event. Zierdt, who is recovering from surgery related to prostate cancer, did not attend the two-day event.
The day started with a legislative update from Twin Cities Public Television political reporter and anchor, Mary Lahammer. Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development headlined a session where she spoke on behalf of the governor regarding his priorities for the legislative session, as well as provided an update on Minnesota's economy and the work taking place at DEED.
The day concluded with a reception featuring a presentation and video on Greater Mankato.
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