China Town Hall (GreenSeam Co-Hosting)

Date: November 18, 2019

Time: 5:00 - 7:30 pm

Location: MSU Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at 424 N. Riverfront Dr. Mankato, MN 56001

Minnesota State University, Mankato's College of Business and GreenSeam is partnering with the National Committee on U.S. China Relations to host the event at the MSU Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

The event includes two components: 
 
The first hour will involve a live-streamed video of George Stephanopoulos moderating a discussion with foreign policy experts on U.S./China relations.
 
For the second hour, we will have a panel of three local leaders discussing the impact of U.S./China relations and global trends on our local businesses and community. We have invited three local/state leaders in the agriculture, food production and manufacturing sectors discuss the local angle.  
 
The China Town Hall event is aimed at the MSU student body and our local community. GreenSeam feels it is vitally important for the students to understand and recognize how globally-connected agriculture and food is. Last year, David Fredrickson, Minnesota Department of Agriculture Commissioner spoke about the impact of the trade war on Minnesota’s farmers and food producers, efforts to identify new markets, and the relationship between our local agriculture and the global community. It is vital for our students to hear stories from local leaders to talk about our local position in the global market. 
 
Link to the National Committee on U.S. China Relations page - https://www.ncuscr.org/program/china-town-hall
 

Greater Mankato Business Awards & Hall of Fame

Date: November 12, 2019

Time: 5:30 - 8:30 pm

Location: Mankato Civic Center, 1 Civic Center Plaza, Mankato, MN 56001

The Greater Mankato Business Awards & Hall of Fame is Greater Mankato's premier business awards event. This event is a time where Greater Mankato Growth, Visit Mankato, City Center Partnership and GreenSeam honor the outstanding businesses, professionals and organizations within the Greater Mankato community.

2019 GreenSeam Award Winners

Grown in the GreenSeam:

Seamed in Success:

2018 GreenSeam Award Winners

Grown in the GreenSeam:

B.E.S.T. OF WASECA COUNTY-WASECA VISION 2030

Seamed in Success:

AKER – ORLANDO SAEZ AND TODD GOLLY

37th Annual Rural Forum

Date: December 5, 2019

Time: 4 - 9 pm

Location: Mankato Civic Center

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More than three-dozen years ago, the Rural Forum was started by the Minnesota AgriWomen’s Association and the University of Minnesota Extension. Since its inception, it has changed hands but one thing that has not changed is the overarching goal to gather the community in important conversations about our rural economy and about agriculture. A crucial element is to have those discussions with key elected officials, along with industry speakers that can really help pull the picture together. This year, GreenSeam will host the 37th annual Rural Legislative Forum on December 5th.

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2019 KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Rick Berman

BIO: 

In 1987, Rick Berman founded Berman and Company, a full-service research and communications firm. Prior to that Rick was employed as an attorney for Bethlehem Steel, The Dana Corporation, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, as well as Executive Vice President for Pillsbury.

Berman and Company consistently excels in getting its clients’ and donor messages placed before the public through aggressive media outreach. Berman and Company spokespeople regularly appear on television and radio programs and place over 350 Opinion Editorials in major newspapers every year. Rick and his firm have been extensively profiled for their work in a variety of media outlets including CNBC, CNN, 60 Minutes, the Colbert Report, Rachel Maddow, TIME, the Chicago Tribune, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and USA Today.

Using a creative approach to advocate, Berman and Company is frequently honored for its unique style. Issue advocacy through paid media, internet, TV, radio, and street theater have earned Berman over 180 national awards for creative messaging. Millions of people access Berman-created websites annually. These sites raise awareness and “Change the Debate” on public policy issues.

A native of New York City, Berman is a graduate of Transylvania College in Lexington, Kentucky, and earned his Juris Doctorate from the law school at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. He is admitted to practice in Virginia and the District of Columbia. 

 

 

SPEAKER: Lafe Aarsvold, 2019-2020 Minnesota FFA State President

BIO: 

Lafe Aarsvold, the 2019-2020 Minnesota FFA State President, is a member of the Plainview Elgin Millville FFAChapter.  He is a freshman at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities double majoring in Agricultural Education and Agricultural Communications and Marketing and plans to become an Agricultural Education Instructor. While in high school, Lafe's Supervised Agricultural Experience was raising ewes and lambs and working at a local grocery store.

 

 

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Save the Date: MN Farm Fest

Start date: August 6, 2019 - End date: August 8, 2019

Location: 28269 Highway 67 Morgan, MN 56266

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Mark your calendars to come visit us at booth #612 at the 2019 Minnesota Farm Fest Show!

An exciting list of speakers and presenters is lined up to address topics such as ag policy, rural MN, ag industry, markets, livestock issues and much more at the Forums in the Wick Building, which will be right across the street from our tent.

Call for more details about Farm Fest: 651-768-2200

Agbusiness in Social Media

Date: August 9, 2019

Time: 8:00 - 9:00 am

Location: Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship 424 N Riverfront Dr #210 Mankato, MN

We live in the Greenseam – one of the most fertile areas of the world. The business of food generates millions of dollars and fuels our regional economy and social media has changed the marketing landscape. Learn how local agribusiness leaders are using social media and digital marketing to grow. Hear success stories that will work in other industries and find ways that you can be part of the online conversations in this vital area.

Panelists will include Wanda Patsche, AGvocate and author of MN Farm Living and Kristeena Patsche, Digital Media Manager for the MN Soybean Growers Association.

This event is free and open to the public. Reserve your seat at http://bit.ly/AugustSMBM

Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. Annual Meeting

Date: March 12, 2019

Time: 4:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Location: Verizon Center, 1 Civic Center Plaza Mankato, MN 56001

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This two-part evening event is open to the public with a free reception and a paid dinner with keynote speaker, Jonathan G. Zierdt. Mr. Zierdt will share "The Journey...a 15 Year Retrospective" at the dinner.

Reception for Jonathan Zierdt

Date: March 1, 2019

Time: 3:00 – 5:00 pm

Location: Verizon Center 1 Civic Center Plaza Mankato, MN 56001

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Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. (GMG), which includes the four business units — Greater Mankato Growth, Visit Mankato, City Center Partnership and GreenSeam — will host a reception celebrating President & CEO Jonathan Zierdt, considering his announcement of resignation from the organization as of March 15, to begin his next adventure. The public is encouraged to join us in honoring Jonathan for his accomplishments as well as his community and regional impact . 

GMG Open House

Date: February 12, 2019

Time: 7:30 - 9:00 am

Location: 3 Civic Center Plaza, Suite 100, Mankato, MN 56001

OpenHouse

Join us for our open house, from 7:30 - 9:00 am. Take a tour of our new office, meet our staff and enjoy a light breakfast.

Sign up for prizes to be given away during the open house!

  • GMG will be giving away tickets to our local Mankato Symphony Orchestra.
  • Radio personality, Sarah Fette will be here from MIX 99.1 to give away Kelly Clarksontickets for the February 16th show at the Xcel Energy Center!

This event is free and open to the public. 

CHINA Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections

Date: September 18, 2018

Time: 4:45 - 7:00 pm

Location: Minnesota State University, Mankato Hubbard Building 424 North Riverfront Drive, Suite 210

China Town Hall

The Minnesota State University, Mankato College of Business along with GreenSeam, is pleased to bring to campus a national webcast, CHINA Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections.

China's rapid development and Sino-American relations have a direct impact on the lives of nearly everyone in the United States. CHINA Town Hall is a national conversation about China that provides Americans across the United States and beyond the opportunity to discuss issues in the relationship with leading experts. Last year, over 80 venues and 100 speakers participated in the program, along with four partner organizations in Greater China.

The twelveth annual CHINA Town Hall will take place on October 9, 2018and will feature The Honorable Condoleezza Rice, former Secretary of State and National Security Advisoras the national webcast speaker.

SCHEDULE

4:45 p.m. Doors open

5:00 p.m. Live webcast with The Honorable Condoleezza Rice, former Secretary of State and National Security Advisor

5:45 p.m. Short Break*

5:55 p.m. Local presentation by

*Refreshments and light hor d'oeuvers will be served

The Truth About Food – Rural Legislative Forum

Date: December 6, 2018

Time: 4:30 - 8:30 pm

Location: Verizon Center

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This year’s theme will be “The Truth about Food” – with a focus on food safety, technology related to production, and nutrition issues. This is a highly relevant topic with consumers facing decisions every day as to where they can get the best quality and healthy food options. Some of the variables that are part of that decision-making process are food production and manufacturing, sustainability, labeling, water, animal welfare and genetics. Forum attendees will have the opportunity to engage in discussions revolving around this very hot topic.

This premier annual reception and dinner event joins key public leaders with a wide-range of attendees from the agriculture sector – from producers, to manufacturing, to professional services, to education and research – in candid conversations about key issues facing the rural economy and potential solutions. Learn More >>

See pages 34-35 for more details in the FORGE issue from Steele County, MN.

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