March 20, 2014 Meeting Summary

Opening Remarks

 

JoAnn Stormer and Steve Borchardt recapped the history, and the evolution of the community network group (CNG):

Rochester Area Foundation's role--that of an interim host

Emphasizing that CNG's current format is "experimental in nature" and "we will adjust to benefit network participants"

The network must offer value to the network contributors and and participants. Some indicators might be: attendance, feedback, level of buy-in, an increased awareness and understanding of each other's plans and needs, etc.

 


Journey to Growth  (Gary Smith - RAEDI)

  • A five-year plan that aims to improve the economy from an additional angle.
  • A steering committee of 26 business leaders from Olmsted, Dodge and Wabasha 
  • Plan aggregates community feedback from more than 2,600 survey responses.

Three major themes:

    1. Expand and diversify the economy.
    2. Optimize the regional talent base.
    3. Become a more cohesive and connected region.

    A 501C3 Corporation will be formed to execute the plan:

    • Collaboration is key and partnership with other community groups is essential,
    • Expected annual budget is 500K to 700K, a 5 year plan horizon
    • Plan be available to the public from RAEDI soon

    Takeaway

    • Useful for the Journey to Growth steering committee to provide feedback/status updates to the focus groups that have taken time to provide inputs to the plan
    • Our area is on a clear economic growth trajectory. We have a strong business, social, public, philanthropic culture of collaboration. It is great place to do business because of the human and capital investments we are willing to make. We are offering a high-quality business and community environment for businesses to thrive and prosper. We should articulate this value proposition for new businesses in order to set the tone and expectation for them to support this strong community culture and tradition. It's a long-term commitment and holistic vision.
    • Economic growth has social side-effects (education system, property value, land speculation, etc).  We need to collectively plan for these needs.

    Collective Impact (April Suitor - United Way)

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    Takeaway

    April to share specific articles on collective impacts for network members to review


    Future CNG Topics

    • cpg.dcmbeam.org site demo and its collaboration potential - Al Lun
    • A visualization of community dashboard: look and feel, navigation from key metrics (executive summary), to regional plans and their inter-connections - Al Lun
    • Social Impacts
    • School District planning updates
    • RAF plans
    • UMR plan
    • Update on city/county plans
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    CMRC

    A sub-site of dmcbeam.org, the Community Mobilization Resources Center (CMRC) aims to provide "continuous communication" for CMR Coalition to increase awareness and understanding of public, private, non-profit organizations' plans and needs so that individually and collectively we will be more effective in carrying out our mission of serving the community.

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    How to participate?

    Step 1: Find out more about CMRC. If its vision and mission inspire you to act. Things to consider include: What can I get out of participation? What can I contribute to the network? T

    Step 2: Contact us to join.

     

    Community Status/News

    Rochester Nonprofit Consortium Commits to Racial Justice (June 23, 2020)

    Offering a collective, community-wide commitment to action, Rochester Nonprofit Consortium leads a Collaborative Response to Racial Equity

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    Beam connecting TBE with community resources (June 17, 2020)

    Set up connections with Diversity Council's Community Mobilization Resources and allies

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    City of Rochester, MN Response to #8cantwait (June 13, 2020)

     The City of Rochester Police Department shared information on how Rochester is currently meeting the #8cantwait.

     

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    RNeighbbors (June 11, 2020)

    Partnership with City of Rochester  

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    A message from the Y to honor George Floyd's Memory (June 04, 2020)

    OpenBeam is sharing the message from the Y's management team. A time to reflect.

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    Rochester Downtown Alliance Downtown and Inteview Series (June 01, 2020)

    (1) Downtown restaurants reopening and (2) Preparing to re-open and interviewing Rochester Area Nonprofit Consortium about COVID. 

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    DMC EDA Covid Recovery Actions (May 28, 2020)

    COVID-19 Recovery Actions: (1) Presentation to DMCC board (2) Webinar COVID business restart discussion series

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    Collaboration with the Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans (May 18, 2020)

    This storytelling project with CAPM will feature Minnesota Cambodian community leaders in a series of video shorts.

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    Plans for a pair of transit villages connected by a dedicated route are being scaled back. (May 18, 2020)

    "The council opted to move forward with a modified plan for a single village at Mayo Clinic’s west parking lot along Second Street Southwest and a transit system traveling east and west with a loop around the city-county Government Center."

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