Join us for upcoming GMNP events!

As we dive into the month of July, we encourage you to mark your calendars for a few  upcoming GMNP events:

GMNP Membership Meeting

The GMNP’s annual membership meeting will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 26 at the Verizon Center in Mankato (1 Civic Center Plaza). The meeting will include a brief recap of the GMNP’s activities from the previous year, a discussion on possible 2019 priorities, budget overview and a recruitment discussion.

The meeting will be held in conjunction with the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities (CGMC) Summer Conference (see info below). If you are planning to attend the meeting, there are a few options for GMNP members:

  1. You can attend the meeting only (no cost)
  2. You can attend the meeting and the keynote luncheon featuring MN Dept. of Human Rights Commissioner Kevin Lindsey, which is immediately following the meeting ($15 for the cost of the meal)
  3. You can attend the full three-day CGMC summer conference ($260)

If you are planning to attend the meeting or the meeting/lunch only, please RSVP by emailing Julie Liew at If you would like to attend the full CGMC conference, please register online at

Gubernatorial Forum

The GMNP, CGMC and Greater Mankato Growth (a GMNP member!) are co-hosting a gubernatorial candidate forum at 7:30 p.m. that evening (July 26) in the Grand Hall at the Verizon Center. The forum is free and open to the public, so we encourage you to attend and to invite others as well. No registration is necessary.

Thus far, three candidates have confirmed that they will participate – DFL candidates State Rep. Erin Murphy and Congressman Tim Walz and GOP candidate Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson. We have yet to receive confirmation from the other two major candidates – Attorney General Lori Swanson (DFL) and former Governor Tim Pawlenty (GOP).

The forum will also be broadcast live on the award-winning KTV Public Access TV station in the Mankato area and livestreamed online (we will provide the web address closer to the date of the event).

CGMC Summer Conference

CGMC Summer Conference will be held July 25-27 at the Verizon Center. As in recent years, all GMNP members are invited to attend the conference, which will feature speakers and presentations on a wide variety of topics affecting Greater Minnesota communities. The full conference agenda can be found on the CGMC website here. Some highlights relevant to GMNP priorities include tours of child care facilities and workforce housing in St. Peter; a legislative panel discussion on economic development; a panel discussion on the ways farmers, ag industries and cities can work together to address water-quality concerns; and an exhibitors tradeshow featuring businesses and organizations from across the state (including several GMNP members). The conference is also great opportunity to meet other community and business leaders!

As mentioned above, go to to register for the full CGMC Summer Conference.

Please note that the CGMC has a block of room available for conference attendees at the Hilton Garden Inn in Mankato at a discounted rate of $119 (plus tax). You can make a reservation using this online reservation link or by calling the Hilton Garden Inn at 507-344-1111. The block closes July 4, so we encourage you to book your room ASAP.


If you have any questions about any of these upcoming events, please contact Julie Liew at or 651-259-1917.