Mankato mayor Najwad Massad says 2019 was a great year for the city. She says city officials are dedicated to improving the entire community.

“Mankato is growing as a whole, not just one area,” said Massad. “And that’s something that we as the citizens of Mankato can be extremely proud of.”

Massad says they want to keep the city moving in the right direction in 2020.

“We have had a wonderful pace of economic growth in the city,” said Massad. “We want to keep growing the city at that pace.”

Massad says she wants to see efforts to keep as much of the talent to stay here locally as possible.