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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
    Help
    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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