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Archives for the ‘Special Reports’ Category

Collaborations Key To Helping Our Business Communities

Nov 2017 • Category: Special Reports

In this issue, I would like to highlight a trio of collaborations from throughout our region. These three stories highlight the importance of different groups coming together to solve a common problem and along the way enriching our communities.



Racial Justice Training

Sep 2017 • Category: Special Reports, Uncategorized

When Kurt Brauman found out Walmart was transferring him to Mankato, Minnesota from Mount Pleasant, Iowa to work logistics at the new distribution center, well, he wasn’t sure what to expect. Mankato would be a community much bigger than where he came from.



Green Seam – A Year After the Official Launch

Jul 2017 • Category: Special Reports

They’ve spent the last year cultivating awareness and sowing the seeds for the future. In this next year, the key players in the GreenSeam hope to harvest even greater results than what’s already been accomplished.



Community Festivals – Creating Buzz and Boom

May 2017 • Category: Special Reports

Right about this time of year, every year, Minnesota can be known not only as the Land of 10,000 Lakes, but also the Land of 10,000 Festivals. It seems every small town found in every nook and cranny of the state holds some type of summer celebration. The festivals have not only social benefits, but great economic benefits to communities as well.



Working Together To Ease Workforce Crunch

Mar 2017 • Category: Special Reports

From the outside, and even to those in the local business community, it may have appeared to be just a small business transaction. One small business being acquired by another. To those involved closely in the deal, though, it was so much more.



Chambers Evolving

Jan 2017 • Category: Special Reports

With the emergence of networking groups and the growth of the Internet and social media sites, the local chamber of commerce is no longer the only game in town for businesses. Data shows in many cities nationwide, chamber membership is stagnant if not declining. Yet, for more than a century now, chambers have fostered economic vitality in the communities they serve and have been the trusted, unified voice for millions of businesses.