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We build this website to help create a healthy and inclusive community where opportunity and responsibility are broadly shared. Except for a small number of collaboration sub-sites built to enable private virtual teaming for non-profits, the site has no official affiliations with other organizations. The information contained here is obtained from various public sites and sources. Its goal is to show that Transparency, Accountability, Responsiveness and Process-centric (TARP) attributes of a community can be "beamed (Built, Enabled, Activated and Modeled)" into existence from a grass-roots level.

As we build out the site, we hope to awaken in the community an epiphany and a realization that a resilient community should have the vision and aspiration to develop and operate with interlocking processes and investments to allow public, economic and social development systems to complement each other so that collaboration is by design and not chance-encounter (or by luck).

Community Beam has the following sub-sites:

Community Networking Center

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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Grass Roots Pilot Sites

We are also hosting the following websites to support some of our area's grass-root initiatives:


Open Beam

BEAM (aka openBeam) is about leveraging Web 2.0 and cloud computing to build technology capacities to serve the community.

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In the City for Good

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Education Beam

A Beam subsite that captures Rochester area's efforts to improve K-12 education outcomes. Projects such as RPS's strategic plan, area's Cradle to Career collective impact project and grass roots participation in RPS's community engagement effort. The subsite offers a layered navigation into these currently disjoint efforts with the hope to beam up system level coordination.

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Diversity Beam

D&I Beam openBEAM.net in collaboration with Journey to Growth's Diversity/Inclusion Committee is "beaming" up this portal to showcase projects and organizations that aim to improve the well-being conditions of minority groups. Statistics such as those curated by Minnesota Compass tell us there are significant education and earning gaps in non-white populations across Minnesota. With projected workforce shortage and demographics trend, these gaps cannot persist if our region is to realize the Destination Medical Center (DMC) objectives and other overarching wellness aspirations.

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Socity Justice Coaltion

Establishing a coalition of organizations with shared intention to advance the rights of all people in the region, convening around the desire to build awareness and collaboration, act in solidarity, and help one another achieve goals and missions.

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Misc Websites

Kiwanis Rochester

"Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers, dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time."

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Dashboard Beam

Dashboard Dashboard Beam: Various anchor initiatives in Rochester have overlapping goals and that the organizations/teams driving these initiatives have great intention to collaborate. And the difficulty of teaming and collaboration among large scale projects is well-known though seldom receives serious discussions. That's why alignment of goals, indicators, strategies and measurements is highly valued in best-practices such as Lean 6 Sigma.

However, a rigid top-down approach which says everything has to be lined up before actions take place is not practical in our matrix world. What we champion is "beaming up" transparency, accountability, responsiveness and process-centric disciplines by leveraging technology to allow side-by-side visibility of various projects. This portal demonstrates how it could be done. Focused areas include: Disparities, Education, Housing, Economy, Workforce Development, and Health

DC3 Beam

Started in 2009 by Diversity Council Board IT Taskforce to enable Diversity Council stakeholders to collaborate online, DC3 Version 2 (DC Beam) aims to continue to facilitate DC intranet collaboration as well as to explore connection potentials with various community anchor projects/organizations hosted on openBEAM.net's BEAM cloud.  

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Community Health Beam

A prototype portal that shows how virtual teaming for a "Community for Health" can be facilitated.

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DMC Document Portal

dmc docDMC Doc Beam is a "home-grown" portal that aims to build, enable, activate, model (beam) the TARP (transparency, accountability, responsiveness, process-centric) attributes onto the DMC Project.

Go there to read DMC documents and check status.

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Transportation Beam

transitEfficient, cost-effective transportation in SE Minnesota is crucial to its growth. We are building out this portal to demonstrate how technology can beam up (Build Enable Activate Model) transparency, accountability, responsiveness and project/process-centric execution of individual transportation plans, and to point out the need to have a systematic approach involving multiple public, private partnerships (PPP) to harmonize the various efforts.

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Y Beam

ylogo Offered in partnership from openBEAM.net IT group, YCC is a subsite of dmcbeam.org which aims to make the Rochester-area more connected and collaborative to better share the journey to grow a healthy and prosperous community.

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Community Status/News

Chateau Theater Request for Proposal (April 20, 2019)

3 proposals (Exhibits Development Group, Art Trust of Minnesota, Encourage Events Group) being considered as a result of RFP.  

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Pathway to Prosperity (April 12, 2019)

State lawmakers are being asked to provide $1 million in hopes of putting single parents and their children on a new path out of poverty this summer.

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OpenBeam April 2019 News (April 11, 2019)

Attended Sustainability's  Arrive Rochester meeting about ride sharing presentation. Learn more them and their positioning in DMC Transportation notion of Transit Management.  Added the Arrive Rochester organization to Community Beam registry. Rediscovered this letter to DMCC and now wondering if the consultant is being paid  400K per year. 

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Destination Medical Center (DMC) Plan (April 08, 2019)

3rd Annual DMC Real Estate Development and Investment Summit

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Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (April 07, 2019)

BRINGING OUR RESOURCES TO A SPROUT! EVENT NEAR YOU

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Journey to Growth Plan $25M loan fund (April 04, 2019)

PB: "As part of J2G, lawmakers from Southeast Minnesota are seeking to create a $25 million revolving loan fund to spur business and entrepreneurial activity in the region’s towns and cities."

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SE Mn Together: A regional community growth initiative (April 03, 2019)

April 30, 2019 Beyond Minnesota Nice Conference: Creating Welcoming and Inclusive Communities

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MOMA Demand Action News (April 03, 2019)

RPS and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense are planning a dialog between the two groups. This is an opportunity to broaden the conversation to other efforts to address school safety.

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America’s City for Health (March 29, 2019)

Engage area leaders about the need to converge various health/wellness initiatives to collective impact. 

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Site Information
Beam
  • For the commercial sector, we tend to register startup activities (new companies and new commercial projects) that bring diversification and high-impact opportunities to the area.
  • For the non-profit sector, we wish to shine light on all the organizations and services that otherwise labor under relative obscurity.
  • Our hope is that dmcbeam.org will encourage cross-sector collaborations and creative solutions.

While there are a number of registries in the community, dmcbeam.org's  distinct value is to pilot a database with a data structure and categorizations that answer the questions such as: What organizations or projects/programs in our community that have purported relevance with some of the over-arching focuses put forward by initiatives such as DMC, J2G and Health Improvements?

This database could be used as one of the ways to explore the capacities of the community. If you are someone on an exploratory journey to learn about the greater Rochester community. dmcbeam.org could be an interesting first step.

Definitions
The following defines the various project phases:
  1. Available - a product, program or service is in production
  2. Develop - program or application is being developed
  3. Plan - idea is solid, stakeholders are identified, and there is strong commitment to go forward from all parties.
  4. Concept Phase - idea scoped out with enough details to give an early sizing and/or to build a proof of concept
    demonstration
  5. Pre-concept Phase - an early idea or a requirement.
Links
Links to Beam and beam sub-sites: