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What brought about the CNG network?

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About CNG

Convening regularly since April 2013, the CNG is comprised of non-profits, human and social service providers, local philanthropies, citizens and elected officials who meet to discuss the scope and impact of anticipated growth on our overall quality of life. We have been especially focused on how initiatives such as Destination Medical Center, Journey to Growth and the city's comprehensive plan can help us advance as a healthy and inclusive community where opportunity and responsibility are broadly shared.

CNG typically meets on the 4th Wednesday of the month from 7:30AM to 9:00AM at the Rochester Area Foundation.

 

History

 

The following June 13, 2013 by the Post Bulletin provides some background information for this network.

While promoters of Mayo Clinic's Destination Medical Center initiative has focused largely on the economic benefits of the proposed 20-year expansion plan, a community group is meeting to focus on the societal impacts the growth will bring.


While promoters of Mayo Clinic's Destination Medical Center initiative has focused largely on the economic benefits of the proposed 20-year expansion plan, a community group is meeting to focus on the societal impacts the growth will bring.

 

"There's so many things that growth will produce that are positive; there's also challenges that growth produces," said Olmsted County Commissioner Sheila Kiscaden, who attended last week's meeting.  

Mayor Ardell Brede also joined the group last week, and he said he plans to reconvene it sometime in July. It includes representatives from local nonprofits, city and county government, Mayo Clinic and business organizations and the University of Minnesota Rochester.

 

The school district and many other organizations that support the community are going to have to make adjustments to how they operate, Kiscaden said.

 

"It's everything from do we need more schools? Do we need more law enforcement personnel? Do we need more housing? How are we going to deal with all of these various challenges and demands for service that come with an expanding population," she said.

 

Also, as Brede pointed out, not all of the 35,000 new jobs projected for Rochester over the next 20 years are high-paying positions. In fact, a large portion will be in the hotel and restaurant industry, paying lower wages, and that means more people in Rochester struggling to get by.

 

Also, as Brede pointed out, not all of the 35,000 new jobs projected for Rochester over the next 20 years are high-paying positions. In fact, a large portion will be in the hotel and restaurant industry, paying lower wages, and that means more people in Rochester struggling to get by.

"So, that will put some pressures on the community" and county's social services, Brede said.

 

Brede and Kiscaden said some of the other people involved in the group are: Dave Beal of the United Way of Olmsted County; Jay Hesley of the University of Minnesota Rochester; former Olmsted County Sheriff Steve Borchardt, who is with the Rochester Area Foundation; John Wade, president of the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce; and Rochester-Olmsted Planning Director Phil Wheeler.

The group has discussed ways it might share information and coordinate planning, Kiscaden said.

"I think rather than having every group go off and work on their own, it's really helpful to be able to share what's being learned along the way ... and look for opportunities for synergy, not only in the planning process but in the future for service delivery," she said.

Brede said two members of group will be talking with the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, which is part of the University of Minnesota, to inquire about possible consulting services.

 

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CNG News

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Cradle to Career September Announcements - CAN recruitment and Julie Block Named ED (September 19, 2018)

Cradle to Career is recruiting for Collaborative Action Network (CAN) conveners for Kindergarten Readiness and On-Time Graduation.

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CNG Steering Committee info "Stop the Census Citizenship Question" (July 27, 2018)

CNG Steering Committee helping LWV spread the word to "Take Action Now To Stop the Census Citizenship Question!"

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Olmsted County, MN Community Health Improvement (June 18, 2018)

Volunteers are needed to help facilitate a Poverty Simulation on Tuesday, August 14, 2018.
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Rochester Public Schools Summer Meal Program (June 08, 2018)

2018 Summer Meal Program available to all kids age 18 and younger at no cost. 

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CNG Steering Committee working on 2018 Compass Points (May 08, 2018)

 CNG Steering Committee is working on the next version of Rochester/Olmsted County Compass report.

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Community Networking Group (CNG) News 2/14/2018 (February 14, 2018)

Instead of convening a CNG meeting in February, the CNG Steering Committee encourage friends to attend the 2/22 Cradle to Career community event. The next CNG meeting will be on March 22, 2018: panel conversations on social determinants of heath/wellness and Complete Count 2020.

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CNG housing message reframing workgroup (July 31, 2017)

Per the June 22, 2017 CNG meeting, Dee Sabol and Sheila Kiscadan will be leading a workgroup to develop a housing advocay message in a format that follows The FrameWorks Institute guidance. Please contact them if you wish to participate in the workgroup.

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Wilder Research (July 24, 2017)

In collaboration with the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation, Minnesota Compass invites you to participate in a listening session in the southern region.

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2017 Policy Brief: Incorporating Healthy Community Design Principles into the Rochester Comprehensive Plan (March 01, 2017)

"As we get closer to the public comment period for the Rochester Comprehensive Plan, I thought I’d pass along the “final” version approved by the Public Health Services Advisory Board.  Content hasn’t changed significantly since last year, but put into a different format (2 documents attached).  Feel free to share with CNG."

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City Transit Plan ready for public review (February 23, 2017)

Bryan Law presented the latest Rochester city transit planning status

to CNG's Feb. 2017 meeting.

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Community Networking Group (CNG) January 24, 2017 Meeting - Compass Points Deeper Dive (January 28, 2017)

Diversity Council Dee Sabol used the following to trigger conversations on "what does Compass Points" point to next.

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Support for multi-node transit/transportation (August 18, 2016)

The CNG Steering Committee led by Jerome Ferson, United Way of Olmsted County, would like you to review the following proposed CNG statement regarding the transit/transportation plan and state your organization's support position per the ONLINE POLL by October 1, 2016.
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CNG advocacy letter to DMCC Board in support of community health design principles. (April 23, 2015)

CNG advocacy letter to DMCC Board in support of community health design principles.

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A sample of 2016 Summary of CNG Work Products (January 01, 2015)

Looking back at some of the work products produced by CNG since its inception.

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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

Cradle to Career September Announcements - CAN recruitment and Julie Block Named ED (September 19, 2018)

Cradle to Career is recruiting for Collaborative Action Network (CAN) conveners for Kindergarten Readiness and On-Time Graduation.

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Diversity Council newsmaker (September 18, 2018)

A sample of Diversity Council community engagement activities.

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Agreement with Minnesota Department of Human RIghts (September 16, 2018)

RPS, ISD 535, entered into collaboration agreement with MDHR.

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2016-2020 Housing Framework (August 21, 2018)

Notes and presentation from  the July Housing Conversation hosted by Kim Norton.

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Riverfront project gets first nod per Post Bulletin Report (August 08, 2018)

"Early plans for a $180 million construction project along the Zumbro River received some enthusiastic support from Rochester's Planning and Zoning Commission Wednesday night." 

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Closing referral disparities (resolution agreement with Office of Civil Rights) (July 30, 2018)

July 18, 2018 Commissioner Lindsey of the MN Department of Human Rights Forum with Rochester Community.

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