Connect the Grey Joins Greater Mankato Growth & Hires Mankato Community Leader Katie Boone

Our connections in the Mankato community continue to grow! Connect the Grey is now a member of the business development organization Greater Mankato Growth, and we've officially welcomed local leader and community organizer Katie Boone to the CtG team as Learning & Innovation Lead.

On April 19, we were introduced into Greater Mankato Growth as part of GMG's Business Before Hours networking event at M² Lofts. We sampled food from Najwa's Catering, toured some of the new lofts at M², and connected with people from around Mankato.

Through GMG, we’ll be joining more than 900 other businesses in promoting the economic health and development of the Mankato region. Though our formal introduction was last week, we've been lucky to get to know the organization and many of their members over the past several months. In fact, our Mankato office is just down the hall from GMG in the Greater Mankato Business Development Center.

"We're eager to join the regional development efforts led by organizations like Greater Mankato Growth and the GreenSeam initiative, particularly around issues such as talent, culture and bridging the urban-rural divide," says our founder and CEO Janie Hanson. "In addition, Katie Boone has also done so much to support local entrepreneurs and artists and to strengthen community connections, and we're thrilled to officially have her onboard at CtG."

In her previous work in the Mankato community, Katie led the entrepreneurial and collaborative space Envision Lab as Chief Envisionary Officer, helping about 20 businesses launch in Mankato. She is skilled as a facilitator, a strategic consultant, an entrepreneurial teacher and coach, and a community organizer, and is passionate about helping people and organizations tap into their strengths and create impact.

As we continue meeting new people in Mankato, we'll be hosting a series of Connect the Grey events this summer in partnership with local businesses and organizations. Though the official lineup won't be announced until May, you can get a preview of what we're planning by visiting our summer events page here.

We hope to see you this summer, and we're excited to continue getting acquainted with the Greater Mankato community!