Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. (GMG) announces the promotion of Patrick Baker to vice president and director of Government and Institutional Affairs at GMG. In his expanded role, Baker will have the added responsibilities for overall performance of GMG and its four business units (Greater Mankato Growth, Visit Mankato, City Center Partnership and GreenSeam) and he will serve as lead support to Jonathan Zierdt, president & CEO.

In his time with GMG, Baker has worked across all four of GMG’s business units, has developed working knowledge of the organization’s full spectrum of work, has established critical and productive working relationship with key leaders within and outside of the community, and has earned the respect of his colleagues.

“Patrick has both earned and been granted respect from his colleagues within the organization as a passionate, strategic, deft and connected communicator, and exceptional steward of GMG’s brand and resources,” stated Jonathan Zierdt, president and CEO of GMG. “It is those collaborative and productive skills as well as the support of our colleagues and volunteers that will enable Patrick to excel in his new role.”

In Baker’s new role as vice president and director of Government and Institutional Affairs for GMG, he will lead our professional staff through the continuous process of evolving our programs and services to align with the relevancy desired by our business community; and thereby the related long-term business model of GMG.    

Baker, who joined GMG in 2012 as director of government and institutional affairs and most recently served as internal director of technology, will maintain responsibilities of his prior role. In Baker’s prior role as director of technology, he was responsible for leadership and oversight of all technology tools and assets utilized by the organization to serve its mission.  His leadership and focus resulted in significant technology improvements and efficiencies, while at the same reducing the related operating costs by more than 50 percent. 

-KEYC News 12