Livability

KPA Chair: Anne Ganey (anne.ganey@southcentral.edu)

Sub-Categories

Community Aesthetics | Workforce Housing | Community Information |

Mini Vision

Being a vibrant regional center, Greater Mankato is an attractive and livable community, incorporating facilities and programs that provide opportunities for residents of all ages, economic levels, and cultural backgrounds to enjoy affordable, accessible, and high quality arts and culture, recreation, sports and entertainment.

Many of these opportunities are found in community center(s) that attract visitors, spur economic growth and encourage cross-generational experiences while enriching the lives of all residents. The community of Greater Mankato also honors and celebrates its diverse thinking and artisitic expression. In addition, the Greater Mankato community supports and nurtures its spiritual and non-profit organizations.

Greater Mankato emphasizes the importance of natural environments, historic preservation, communication networks, and affordable hosuing; and dedicates resources to develop and maintain green ways, parks, ravines, aesthetically beautiful buildings and opportunities for home ownership.

Livability section of original plan

Goals

  1. To advocate for creative options to supply affordable housing to young professionals, elder citizens, new U.S. citizens and all those with limited incomes.
  2. To keep and enhance our community’s beauty.  Encouraging neighborhoods to help “go green” and engage in environmentally friendly strategies to keep our residents and community healthy.
  3. To develop communication strategies to inform and engage all citizens, schools, business leaders, government leaders and non-profit organizations about the many attributes, events, and volunteer opportunities in Greater Mankato.
  4. To collaboratively plan and acquire funding to build or restore community facilities.  This group of community leaders will consider options, develop funding strategies and plan collaboratively.

 


 

Goals and Priorities Identified in the Envision 2020 Community Survey: Livability

  • More youth opportunities and limiting activity fees for the youth (Including transportation)
  • Issues around livable wages, affordable housing and diversity
  • Issues pertaining to public safety (i.e. domestic violence, number of police and fire, education)
  • Transportation (i.e. for youth, future, cycling, to and from other regional hubs)
  • Cultivate HWY 169 to reflect who we are, increase image and increase accessibility
  • Multi-sport complex and community center with indoor play area for children
  • Address affordable housing for larger families, students, young professionals, veterans, etc.
  • Plan for an aging population
  • Create a comprehensive vehicle for information dissemination to resident
  • Bring more “metro” type amenities to retain/attract younger people
  • Retain the small town feel that the Greater Mankato area has

 

 


 

Successes of 2009-10

Successes in 2009-2010:

  • Region Nine Development Corporation received a grant to establish the Entrepreneur Doorway Project – providing business development services to people from diverse backgrounds.
  • Collaborated to buy land and build Rosa Parks Elementary and athletic facilities.  (The City of Mankato and ISD77)
  • Continued to promote the use of the popular entertainment and information portal, www.greatermankatoevents.com .
  • Continued to promote the “Volunteer Solutions” website tool to connect community needs with volunteers (The Greater Mankato Area United Way)
  • Delivered a diversity awareness curriculum to over 11,000 students in K-12 schools. (The Greater Mankato Diversity Council)
  • Held several diversity awareness events, such as the YWCA International Festival of Fashion and the REEL Culture Festival
  • Opened a new Greater Mankato Visitor & Community Information Center at the River Hills Mall. (Greater Mankato Growth & the Greater Mankato CVB)

Successes of 2008-09

  • Created a plan for new poetry stamping in City Center sidewalks, along with plans for expanded public art. (Twin Rivers Center for the Arts-TRCA and the City Center Aesthetics & Livability Committee)
  • Collaborated to buy land and build a new elementary school and athletic facilities.  (The City of Mankato and ISD77)
  • Collaborated to buy land and build a future, new elementary school and athletic facilities.  (The City of North Mankato and ISD77)
  • Gathered data on “workforce housing” needs in our community. (Affordable Housing Taskforce )
  • Launched a centralized box office with online ticketing for area arts groups  (Twin River Center for the Arts).
  • Developed and launched the greatermankatoevents.com online event calendar through Greater Mankato Growth, Greater Mankato Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, The Free Press, TRCA, VoyageurWeb.
  • Delivered a diversity awareness curriculum to over 7,000 students in K-12 schools. (The Greater Mankato Diversity Council)
  • Held several first-time diversity awareness events, such as the YWCA International Festival of Fashion and the REEL Culture Festival
  • Created an awards program for property owners who make significant improvements to buildings in the city center. (The City Center Aesthetics and Livability Committee)
  • Requested bonding dollars from the legislature for construction of a women’s hockey arena and to design a performing arts center, which would be located in the City Center as an extension of the Alltel Center. (City of Mankato)
  • Hired an executive director for the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota.

For 2007-08 Successes see the 2007-08 Annual Report