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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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