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Doing Things Downtown

City Center Partnership


City Center Partnership, a downtown development organization, is an affiliate of Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. which includes the chamber of commerce and economic development organization, Greater Mankato Growth and the local convention and visitor’s bureau, Visit Mankato.

Our mission, as a private/public partnership, is to be a catalyst for implementation of the City Center Renaissance Plan and to support private and public investment in City Center projects, programs and initiatives that attract a greater number of customers, employees and residents to the City Center.

Our vision is a vibrant City Center in Mankato/North Mankato that exemplifies the vitality of our region and attracts visitors, residents, businesses and investment.


The City Center Renaissance Plan builds upon our community’s previous planning efforts and reinforces the opportunities that created the historical community in the Valley. The plan calls for a rebirth of the City Center by strengthening the interdependence of residential, industrial, service and commercial sectors through revitalization, reconnection, and reinvestment. The City Center’s strong employment base, civic facilities, historical assets and unique character provide the foundation for the development of strategies that will foster the goals of a Renaissance.


Tami Paulsen | Retired | Chair
Randy Zellmer   |   Stinson Leonard Street | Vice Chair
David Jones   |   Minnesota State University Mankato |  Secretary/Treasurer
Stephanie Bottner | Pear Tree Greetings
Barb Dorn   |   YWCA Mankato
Tom Frederick Jr.   |   Pub 500
Tony Friesen | Friesen’s Family Bakery & Bistro
Wes Gilbert | Mankato Computer Repair
John Harrenstein   |   City of North Mankato
Christopher Person | Mankato Independent Originals
Sandra Oachs   |  Spinners Bar & Grill
Betty Ouren   |   MinnStar Bank
Bryan Sowers | U.S. Bank
Kyle Smith   |   Tailwind Group
Stacey Straka   |   PresenceMaker
Anna Thill   |   Visit Mankato
Kevin Velasquez   |   Blethen, Gage & Krause
Paul Vogel   |   City of Mankato
Andy Willaert   |   Gislason & Hunter
Jonathan Zierdt   |   Greater Mankato Growth, Inc.