MANKATO, Minn. (January 11, 2018):  The Rural Legislative Forum is set for February 15. Initiatives to Improve the Rural Economy will be held from 4 – 9 pm at the Verizon Center Ballroom at 1 Civic Center Plaza on Thursday, February 15, 2018.

The premier annual reception and dinner event joins key public leaders with a wide range of attendees – from producers to main street businesses spanning manufacturing, professional services, education and supply chain – when it comes to rural Minnesota nearly everyone is connected to agriculture in some way. This Forum provides an opportunity to have candid conversations about the high-profile issues facing the rural economy and potential solutions. 

Featuring Keynote Speaker:

Joe Mahon, Director, Regional Outreach at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis 

Along with:

  • Bill Blazar, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs & Business Development at the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce
  • Amber Hanson, MN Farm Bureau Federal Policy Director
  • Dan Dorman, Greater MN Partnership Executive Director
  • Orlando Saez, Co-Founder of AKER
  • Jay Johnson, CEO Revol Greens
  • Senator Bill Weber
  • Representative Jeanne Poppe
  • Representative Rod Hamilton
  • Representative Paul Anderson

For more details and the event agenda, please visit our website at

To register for a table or individual tickets, please click here.

We are looking forward to seeing this event grow and addressing complicated issues we all face.

About GreenSeam, LLC

The GreenSeam is a grassroots initiative, created by countless businesses and professionals from southern Minnesota and northern Iowa and lead by Greater Mankato Growth. This initiative exists to build on existing ag business prominence maximizing a growing economic marketplace in order to be the premier ag business epicenter in the United States – the most diverse, balanced and sustainable. It is a place that is agriculturally relevant, responsive and diverse. Learn more at


About Greater Mankato Growth, Inc.

Greater Mankato Growth (GMG) is committed to advancing business for a stronger community. As the Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development organization serving the regional marketplace, GMG advances business through existing business support, new business growth, business promotion, talent development, public affairs, community marketing, visitor attraction and servicing and civic engagement. Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. also includes three LLCs: Visit Mankato, which focuses on visitor attraction and servicing, the City Center Partnership, LLC, which focuses on development in the City Center and GreenSeam, LLC. 


Sam Ziegler