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The Aspen Institute Roundtable on Community Change

The Aspen Institute Roundtable on Community Change is a national forum in which leaders of innovative and promising efforts to improve conditions in poor communities can share lessons about their work and make progress on common challenges : The Roundtable’s goal is to strengthen the quality of policies, research, and practice aimed at improving outcomes for children, youth, families and communities in distressed areas, as well as to strengthen the practice in the community change field in a way that will lead to vibrant, racially equitable communities. They also support work on community revitalization efforts.

 

The Roundtable also examines the contribution of community-building strategies to improve social, economic, and civic outcomes for children, youth, families and neighborhoods; build the capacity of local governments and communities to work more effectively toward common goals; and explore and apply innovative learning methodologies to community-building topics. The Roundtable is known for its pioneering work on Theories of Change and community building evaluation.

 

That said, they have several publications and “process and practice tutorials”  that could be useful to us.

  • Resident-Centered Community Building, What Makes it Different?
  • Complexity and Community Change, Managing Adaptively to Improve Effectiveness
  • Voices From the Field, Identifying effective policies and practices.

 

They are currently focused on helping a variety of organizations apply the lessons from “Voices From the Field”, including learning in real time, developing better connections between neighborhoods and regions, and aligning public and private resources for community benefit.

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CNG Partner Sites

United Way of Olmsted County

Rochester Area Foundation

Rochester Public Library

Diversity Council

Channel One

Minnesota Children's Museum - Rochester

CNC

A sub-site of dmcBEAM, the Community Network Center (CNC) aims to provide "continuous communication" for Community Networking Group (CNG) 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 CNG and 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? Take a look at the FAQ's and read more about this effort on our InfoCenter .

Step 2: Get on our distribution list.

 

Community Status/News

Journey to Growth Plan 5 Year Conclusion and Celebration (December 10, 2019)

Per PB Reporting: "While the five-year timeline for the Journey to Growth initiative has wrapped up, the work of diversifying Southern Minnesota's economy continues."  

 

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Isaiah News (December 08, 2019)

2019 Rochester ISAIAH Community Meetings and news. 

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Community Networking Group (CNG) Relaunch Conversations (November 27, 2019)

CNG Steering Committee collaborating with Mayor Kim Norton to launch CNG 2.0. 

 

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Minnesota Housing awards funding for two affordable housing projects in Rochester (November 23, 2019)

The two local projects selected are Century Heights, a 76-unit project from Rochester-based Joseph Development, and Mayowood Apartments, a 30-unit development from Center City Housing Corporation.

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DMC Transportation Plan - Circular (November 20, 2019)

 DMCC Board Voted in favor of staff recommendations. 

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Asian Pacific MN Complete Count 2020 Project (November 05, 2019)

API Heritage Month Speech by Sia Her, Executive Director at MN State Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans, at U of WI, Eau Claire -- May 2019 

 

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