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City Center Partnership

Aesthetics & Vitality Committee

The Aesthetics & Vitality Committee (A&V) works to uphold an attractive and inviting City Center for visitors and residents. They do this through promotion of events and experiences, product development and placemaking.  

Product Development Projects are events and experiences that attract visitors and resident to the City Center. 

  • Alive After 5 (2009-present)
    A summer family friendly free concert series in Civic Center Plaza with food, drink and live music.  | Learn More
  • Bonus Gift Card Program (2020-present)
    Consumer submits their receipt for $50+ purchase at a participating City Center business, and CCP sends them a $20 gift card. | Learn More

Placemaking is about creating, partnering and promoting visually appealing projects .

  • INFUSE: Artists on Main Street (2018-present)
    This initiative explores the intersection of arts and culture, downtown revitalization, and historic preservation through creative placemaking projects lead by local artists.  |  Learn More
  • Adopt-a-Planter (2010-present)
    A program where the city places sidewalk planters in the public right of away and nearby businesses adopt them by watering the plants and keeping them clean. | Learn More
  • Enhanced Wayfinding & Connectivity (2014-present)
    An implementation plan to add vehicular and pedestrian wayfinding signage throughout the City Center and to identify new connectivity opportunities that enhance the flow of multi-modal movement.
  • Open Space Activation (2014-present)
    A plan to activate public spaces through appropriate events and activities. | Learn More
  • City Center Lighting Plan (2017-present)
    A guide for public and private property to utilize lighting for wayfinding and beautification. | Learn More
  • CityDesign Awards (2010-present)
    An annual award recognizing excellent architectural and design enhancements that elevate the perceptions of the City Center. Nominations are accepted until mid-September with award recipients selected in October and recognized at the Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. Business Awards & Hall of Fame event in November. |  Learn More

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