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 CNG general meeting is on the 4th Thursday of the month. 

(No general meeting July, August.  We will have Housing Workgroup Meetings instead.) 

2017 Announcements/Meetings  

July/August

Housing Message Reframing Workgroup

June

Housing Round 2

May

Focus on youth

April

Workforce Context: Housing, Transit and Childcare

March

Immigration

February

Transit

January

Compass Points Drill Down

 

2016 Announcements

October

2016 Compass Points, City of Rochester and Olmsted County

July/August

A call for agencies support for multi-node transit

June

Workforce concerns and resources

 

 

 

What brought about the CNG network?

 

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.

Community Networking Group Vision

We have a healthy and inclusive community where opportunity and responsibility are broadly shared.

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CNG News

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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)

Message from Pete Giesen, Director, Olmsted County Public Health Services (on behalf of the Olmsted County Public Health Services Advisory Board)

"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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Partner Sites

United Way of Olmsted County

Rochester Area Foundation

Rochester Public Library

Diversity Council

Channel One

Minnesota Children's Museum - Rochester

Community Networking Center Version 1

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

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August , July & June News from Community Focus Team (August 19, 2017)

August, July, June and May, 2017 Community Focus Team news and meeting notes.

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Diversity Council Rochester Area Racial Attitude Survey (August 19, 2017)

Luther College researchers released a Diversity Council presentation: At the Cross Roads: 2016 Olmsted County Racial Attitudes and Actions Survey

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Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans (CAPM) (August 17, 2017)

August 16, 2017 CAPM SE MN listening session, co-hosted by Diversity Council. 

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Need for workforce development and labor shortage (August 03, 2017)

Members of the House Greater Minnesota Economic & Workforce Development Policy traveled to Rochester on Thursday to learn more about the region's economic challenges. They started the day at the Rochester WorkForce Center at Rochester Community and Technical College

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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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Building1@DSQ (Building 1 at Discover Square) (July 29, 2017)

The DMC Corp. board approved the project Thursday, agreeing to $4.9 million in related tax-increment financing for the developer, Minneapolis-based Mortenson Co.

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US Department of Education, OCR Review of RPS Action Plan (July 26, 2017)

June 19, 2017, Letter from US Department of Eduction, OCR Division to Superindtendent Muroz regarding its review of RPS's May 17, 2017 action plan submission.

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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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DMC $200M Goal Reached and state money to start flowing (July 19, 2017)

Having reached the local investmen of $200M, the city will receive $2.75 for each $100 spent beyond the $200 million.

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Rochester-based organization teams up with St. Anthony Villagers for Equity and Community to create lasting change (July 16, 2017)

Rochester-based organization (Diversity Council) teams up with St. Anthony Villagers for Equity and Community to create lasting change.

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