Mankato Mayor Najwad Massad said one of her goals is keeping talent in the Mankato area. Massad says the city has to make sure there are job opportunities for people but that can’t be the only focus.

“We need to look at affordable housing and daycare as well,” said Massad. “There are so many things we need to do to work together to help keep young talent here.”

Massad is beginning her second year as Mankato’s mayor.