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City Center Partnership

Minnesota Main Street

In November 2017, City Center Mankato became the eighth designated Main Street Community in Minnesota, joining Faribault, New Ulm, Owatonna, Red Wing, Shakopee, Willmar and Winona in gaining the designation.

Designated Minnesota Main Street communities must demonstrate broad community support, employ paid staff, and meet nationally defined standards. The City Center Partnership, representing the City Centers of Mankato and North Mankato, fulfills these requirements and has committed to incorporating the National Trust’s Main Street Four Point Approach® into its work: improving physical appearance and atmosphere of the downtown commercial district, increasing marketing and events that promote the district and local businesses, expanding the economic base, and building collaborative partnerships and resources.

Artist on Main Street

The City Center Partnership has participated in three roundsof INFUSE, part of a larger initiative called Artists on Main Street, a partnership between Minnesota Main Street and Springboard for the Arts with support from the Bush Foundation.

Phase I – Activate Old Town Alleyways

Phase II – Activate Washington Park

Phase III – Activating Open Spaces

Minnesota Main Streets by Rethos is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to helping cities achieve economic vitality by utilizing built assets, supporting local community engagement activities, and cultivating passion for vibrant and prosperous downtowns. Minnesota Main Streets is a Main Street America™ Coordinating Program and provides local Main Street communities with the training, tools, information and networking they need to reinvigorate their downtown districts. More at