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City Center Partnership


Non-repayable Funds Available for City Center Businesses
April 10, 2020 – Mankato Free Press – Small businesses in the city centers of Mankato and North Mankato can apply for non-repayable funds of up to $1,000 through a program from the City Center Partnership and Rethos Main Street. See Full Story.

City Center Partnership & Rethos Main Street Announces Small Business Support Fund
April 10, 2020 – News Release – City Center Partnership and Rethos Main Street are working in conjunction to provide Support Fund dollars for locally owned small businesses in City Center Mankato/North Mankato in response to COVID-19. See Full Story.

Small Businesses Get a Big Boost from Shop Small Saturday
December 1, 2019 – Mankato Free Press – Shoppers were also able to pick up a passport at any participating business, and if they got it stamped at 10 businesses they could enter drawings for gift packages valued at about $100. See Full Story.

Over 50 Businesses Participating in Small Business Saturday
November 27, 2019 – KEYC News 12 – There will be a Small Business Saturday Passport, where customers can earn prizes by visiting local shops. See Full Story.

Welcome Totem installed in Washington Park
November 19, 2019 – KEYC News 12 – As a part of a larger initiative called Artists on Main Street, a new welcome sign has been installed in Washington Park. See Full Story.

Riverfront Drive to Remain a Four-Lane Street
October 1, 2019 – Mankato Free Press – City officials have dropped plans to reduce the number of driving lanes on Riverfront Drive through Old Town.  See Full Story.

Bright Lights by City Center Mankato
July 29, 2019 – KEYC News 12 – Mankato’s City Center Partnership is putting together a design plan of ideas to literally brighten up portions of Mankato and North Mankato with light art.  See Full Story.

Downtown Illumination Plan Aims to Make Mankato-North Mankato Cities of Light
July 28, 2019 – The Free Press – The downtowns of Mankato and North Mankato, along with the bridge connecting them, could be agleam in a few years under a new decorative lighting plan proposed for both cities.  See Full Story.

2019 CityArt Walking Sculpture Tour to be installed Saturday, May 11
April 22, 2019 – Press Release – Public Invited to Meet Artists at Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast. See Full Story.

City Center Mankato Announces Phase II of INFUSE: Artists on Main Street
April 12, 2019 – Press Release – The City Center Partnership is excited to commence phase II of INFUSE: Artists on Main Street Mankato, a partnership between the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota and Springboard for the Arts with support from the Bush Foundation. See Full Story.

CityArt Walking Sculpture Tour Prepares for New Sculptures
April 10, 2019 – Press Release – Early in the morning on Saturday, April 20, volunteers will remove the current sculptures to prepare the bass for the ninth installation of the public art tour. See Full Story.

Shop Small a Big Deal for Local Stores
November 24, 2018 – The Free Press – Nearly 50 businesses in the downtowns took part in a passport program where customers who got stamps from eight businesses were entered into a raffle. See Full Story.

The Arts Reign in Old Town
September 15, 2018 – The Free Press – A day of art-related events in Old Town coincided with the Old Town Art Fair. See Full Story.

Old Town Mankato Initiative Expands to Music
August 19, 2018 – The Free Press – The grant funded “INFUSE: Artists on Main Street” program aims to create experiences in addition to permanent art. See Full Story

I’m Feeling Alive After 5
August 9, 2018 – The Free Press – Although it’s August…summer isn’t over yet. See Full Story.

Going Public
July 24, 2018 – Mankato Magazine – Whether it’s sculptures or murals, Mankato is a bastion of public art. See Full Story.

New CityArt Installation Begins
May 7, 2018 – KEYC – The time for observing beautiful art in the city has returned! See Full Story.

How Mankato Came to be Minnesota’s Hottest Economic Region
May 2018 – Twin Cities Business – A special report on how the city’s growing economy is attracting businesses at the fastest rate in decades. See Full Story.

Growing from the Center
April 2018 – Minnesota Valley Business – The downtowns of Mankato and North Mankato show every sign of marching forward with new development and renovation. See Full Story

Students’ Iron Representation of Rebirth Chosen for Sculpture Walk
3.18.18 – The Free Press – After together creating art that has been featured in sculpture tours across the state, two teachers collaborated to create a new class at Janesville-Waldorf-Pendleton High School. See Full Story.

Mankato City Center Receives Art Grant
3.1.18 – KEYC – Megan Flanagan with the City Center Partnership joined KEYC News 12 This Morning to talk about Mankato being selected as an Artist on Main Street community, what it means for the City Center, and upcoming events in Mankato’s City Center. See Full Story.

Mankato Snags $15k Grant for Old Town Art
2.27.18 – The Free Press – The Old Town neighborhood will be getting a little more vibrant, thanks to an arts-centered pilot project as part of Mankato’s Minnesota Main Street Community designation. See Full Story.

Cultural Strategic Plan Unveiled
1.23.18 – The Free Press – Curious fans of Mankato’s creative community filled the Twin Rivers Council for the Arts gallery to check out the city’s latest strategic plan to support and promote the arts. See Full Story.

Shop Small Saturday Gives Small Businesses Big Boost
11.25.17 – The Free Press – 46 business participated in a City Center Partnership passport promotion. See Full Story

Downtown Receives Main Street Designation
11.15.17 – The Free Press – Mankato has become the eighth historic Minnesota town to be designated a Main Street Community through the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota. See Full Story.

Market study aims to attract new business, inform existing business owners
November 2017 – Downtown Promotion Reporter – A new market study in Mankato, MN is doing double duty as both a new business attraction tool and as a business retention tool. See Full Story

New Plan Calls for Belgrade Avenue Changes, Expansion
7.24.17 The Free Press – Under a master plan for Belgrade Avenue, the city of North Mankato could see more mixed-use buildings, intersection bump-outs and even an expansion of its central business district. See Full Story.

Old Town Mankato Filled with Lively Spirit
2.28.17 – MSU Reporter – Niche shops channel the energy of Mankato downtown’s traditional beginnings. See Full Story.

Arts and Culture Roundtable Discussions in Mankato
2.25.17 – KEYC – Members of the community gathered to discuss the arts and culture of Mankato. See Full Story.

Mankato Arts Plan Looking For People’s Big Ideas
2.5.17 – The Free Press – A New 10-year arts and culture plan is being developed over the next six months. See Full Story.

Residents, planners discuss Belgrade Avenue improvements
1.26.17 – The Free Press – North Mankato residents had their first chance to weigh in on the future of Belgrade Avenue. See Full Story.

North Mankato to Host Open House on Belgrade Avenue Future
1.24.17 – The Free Press – North Mankato officials would like public input on potential safety improvements to the Belgrade Avenue corridor. See Full Story.

Shop Small Saturday Grows in Popularity
11.19.16 – The Free Press – Small Business Saturday encourages shoppers to hit locally owned businesses. See Full Story.

CityArt 2016 Sculpture Tour Set to Open Saturday
05.07.16 – The Free Press – CityArt Mankato is getting ready to introduce the 2016 Walking Sculpture Tour.  See Full Story.

2015 Art Sculptures Coming Down to Make Way for New Set
04.03.16 – KEYC – This year’s sculptures will be taken down on April 9.  See Full Story.

City Center Partnership Ponders Arts and Historic District
2.19.16 – The Free Press – Should the City have an arts and historic district? See Full Story.

 Public Meeting Brings Big Ideas for Old Town, Quarry Land Reuse
1.26.16 – The Free Press – More than 100 community members came together to discuss the future of Old Town.  See Full Story.

Alive After 5 Lineup Announced
4.29.15 – The Free Press – The 2015 lineup for the popular Alive After Five music series has been announced. See Full Story.

Mankato to Add 40 Miles of New Bike Lanes
4.24.15 – The Free Press – Area bikers and drivers will see an increase in the number of bike lanes in Mankato in coming years, with the first phase beginning in the City Center core. See Full Story.

Civic Center Expansion Plan Gets Final Approval

4.13.15 – The Free Press – New project will bring price tag for recent upgrades to nearly $40 million. See Full Story.

Our View: City Connect Plan Gains Momentum
3.28.15 – The Free Press – Editorial column on the soft and hard rewards of the downtown connectivity project. See Full Story.

City Center Partnership Hosts Open Space Planning Session
3.16.15 – The City Center Partnership is seeking public input to help shape City Center neighborhoods and districts into vibrant public spaces.
See Full Release.

Late Ann Vetter Commissioned Downtown Sculpture
3.13.15 – The Free Press – Patti and Katie Miller accept a posthumous Volunteer of the Year Award for their mother Ann Vetter, and unveil a bronze sculpture their mother commissioned before she died last year. The sculpture will be installed in the City Center this spring. See Full Story.

Civic Center Expansion Plans Finalized

3.2.15 – The Free Press – Changes coming to Mankato’s civic center have been finalized and include a 2,100-seat concert space, better facilities for MSU hockey teams and some features aimed at brightening up downtown. See Full Story.

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