Greater Mankato Growth, Minnesota, USA (2021-2022)

Greater Mankato Growth, Minnesota, USA (2021-2022)

Regional planning for the Greater Mankato Region

Project Overview

Future iQ is facilitating the development of a new regional vision and action plan for the Greater Mankato Region looking out to 2030.

This planning builds on previous community planning as part of the Greater Mankato Envision 2020 community planning initiative. This was a highly effective effort that has brought regional stakeholders together in a strong collaborative approach over the past 10 years. The plan has now reached its sunset and there is strong support for a new planning effort with a refreshed vision and renewed initiative to account for the changes in the world and the region.

The 2030 community planning work utilizes Future iQ’s scenario planning methodology involving a large-scale participatory process with community members and key stakeholders. Future iQ works closely with the project’s Steering Committee to guide project direction and oversee project activities. The Steering Committee is made up of a broad cross-section of community members, businesses, nonprofits, and public organizations. The planning process is committed to engaging with and listening carefully to all voices in the greater Mankato community as it seeks to understand its regional positioning and vision for the future.

The Greater Mankato regional planning process lasts approximately 8 months and includes extensive community engagement including a Think-Tank, visioning workshops, interviews, focus groups and a Future Summit. The project will produce a Regional Action Plan that guides the Greater Mankato Region and area leadership for the next ten years.

* Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this planning effort begins by building up stakeholder engagement and input by virtual means, rather than starting with large community events.

Future iQ®'s Role in this Project

    Greater Mankato Growth has contracted Future iQ to facilitate the development of a regional vision and action plan for the Greater Mankato region. Future iQ’s role involves:

    • Trend research on macro factors shaping the future of the region
    • Case study analysis of regional centers with global recognition
    • Project webpage and portal
    • Engagement and communications plan
    • Community and stakeholder surveys
    • Scenario planning and identifying the preferred future
    • Future Summit
    • Regional Action Plan report

Learn more about this Project. Visit the Future iQ Research Laboratory.