The Mankato city council approved an increase in funding to the Greater Mankato Diversity Council at its meeting this week.

“The approved funding will start a conversation about community equity climate study,” said Mankato deputy city manager Alison Zelms. “That study will help us understand what is really happening in this region. How do we address real stories of people of color and other marginalized voices within this area? This will help every organization that is doing important work can play its role to make a change here in the region.”

Zelms says the council action increases the city’s funding for the organization by 15-thousand dollars and will also provide economic empowerment for small, women, and minority-owned businesses.