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SE Mn Together: A regional community growth initiative

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Southeast Minnesota Together is a regional collaborative network of organizations and individuals developing and pursuing strategies to address our workforce shortage. SE MN Together also seeks to strengthen regional connections and build local capacity in communities across the region, which can be leveraged to address other social and economic issues affecting Southeast Minnesota.

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Level 1: Diversity and Inclusion ; Economic Development ; Workforce Development

Level 2: Economic Diversification


Community Health:

Highlight Activities

March 14 SE MN Together Region-Wide Convening Meeting

    Morning Program, 8:30-Noon

    • Keynote:
      Tom Fisher, Director of the Minnesota Design Center
      21st Century Communities
        • SE MN Together will provide a quick update on the significant work completed by our Action Teams over the last year.
        • Breakout Sessions:
          Community Design
          Diversity & Includsion
          Emerging Issues
          Marketing & Branding
            • Lunch Provided, Noon-1p
            Afternoon Opportunities:
              • Open Networking Time, 1-2pmeet new people… continue work with colleagues… explore ideas that bubbled up during the day
                • The Governor’s Housing Taskforce wants to hear from you! 2-5p
                Please join us for a Regional Housing Forum to learn about the work of the Taskforce, share your ideas, and help craft housing strategies that will work for your region.


                Lead Organization: Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation

                Confirmed Collaborators: Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation

                Potential Collaborators: Diversity Council ; Journey to Growth Diversity and Inclusion Committee ; Journey to Growth Partnership

                Status Reports Related PlanScape Status on: Diversity and Inclusion, Economic Development, Workforce Development

                September 18, 2018: Diversity Council newsmaker

                A sample of Diversity Council community engagement activities.

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                September 16, 2018: Agreement with Minnesota Department of Human RIghts

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

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                September 07, 2018: Cradle to Career - Julie Block Named ED

                Cradle to Career announced today that Julie Brock will join the community wide initiative as Executive Director

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

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

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

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                July 11, 2018: Prosperity Initiative


                Minority Business Conference hosted by SBDC, Diversity Council and Prosperity Initiative

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                June 29, 2018: Triton Hilton Hotel (Broadway at Center)

                June status same as March Status except completion date is now set for 1/31/2019.

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                June 22, 2018: Olmsted County, MN Community Health Improvement

                Recruiting members to join Community Engagement Workgroup.

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                June 19, 2018: 2018 RPS Discipline Data Update - Information

                At the 6/19/2018 school board meeting, the following discipline data was presented.

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                June 18, 2018: Olmsted County, MN Community Health Improvement

                Volunteers are needed to help facilitate a Poverty Simulation on Tuesday, August 14, 2018.
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                June 15, 2018: Mayor Brede signed ICI pledge

                On Wednesday, June 13th, 2018 at 11:00 am, the Journey to Growth team, the City of Rochester and citizens of Rochester will gather in the City Hall Atrium for a special Signing Ceremony, designating Rochester as the first U.S. City to join the Council of Europe’s ICI (Intercultural Cities Initiative) program.

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                Last modified by support on 2018/03/21
                Created by support on 2015/10/24

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                • 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 will encourage cross-sector collaborations and creative solutions.

                While there are a number of registries in the community,'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. could be an interesting first step.

                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
                5. Pre-concept Phase - an early idea or a requirement.
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