It's no secret that economic growth and business development is thriving in Mankato. And that's something that Bethany Lutheran College wants to replicate throughout southern Minnesota.
Bethany Lutheran College has partnered with the Regional Center for Entrepreneurial Facilitation (RCEF) to create a program for students to work closely with small business owners.
Representative Kathy Brynaert (DFL–Mankato) says, "We have both Democratic and Republican legislators working on behalf of increasing jobs and supporting students in staying in out state Minnesota."
The point of this meeting was to discuss keeping students in southern Minnesota and helping them grow their entrepreneurial ideas within their hometown by working with local small businesses.
State Representative Tim Mahoney (DFL – St. Paul), "People can feel comfortable raising their kids in Mankato or North Mankato or Martin County or wherever around here that they want to start a job or a business."
Zak Fick, student at Bethany Lutheran college, says, " I don't know much about southern Minnesota outside of Mankato, but it's got to be one of the fastest growing areas around...I mean people can see the changes around town."
Bethany Lutheran College and the Regional Center for Entrepreneurial Facilitation will work together to implement the program in hopes to replicate Mankato's growth to other parts of southern Minnesota.