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Journey to Growth Plan

A strategy to address the challenges and opportunities necessary to grow the Rochester region's economy. Create a regional brand and communications platform Create Leadership Teams to oversee development of the Rochester Area's target business sectors Formalize a best-practice startup acceleration program at the May Clinic Business Accelerator Develop a comprehensive graduate-retention program Identify, enhance and promote capital-formation resources Conduct a regional workforce gap Form a coalition to create a regional talent retention and attraction campaign Pursue regional transit service for high-volume weekday commuting periods etc ...

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Project Information

About the project

Project Phase (Pre-concept, Concept, Plan, Develop, Available, Archive)

Archive Phase


Impacts

PlanScape Impacts :

Level 1: Business Process, Children & Youth, Diversity and Inclusion, Economic Development, Education, Governance/Public Policy, Workforce Development, Vision/Identity

Level 2: Education, Education, Business Process, Civic Engagement, Children & Youth, Diversity and Inclusion, Economic Diversification, STEM, Vision/Identity, Workforce Development

DMC Impacts:

Livable City, Arts & Culture, Technology, Health & Wellness, Education/Learning Environment

Community Health Impacts:


Collaborators

Contact: Heather Holmes ; Email: info@j2gmn.com ; Phone: TBD

Lead Organization: Journey to Growth Partnership

Known/Likely Collaborators: Albert Lea Economic Development Agency (ALEDA) ; Diversity Council ; Journey to Growth Diversity and Inclusion Committee ; Journey to Growth Partnership ; Port Authority of Winona ; Red Wing Port Authority ; Rochester-Area Economic Development Inc (RAEDI) ; Rochester-area Chamber of Commerce ; Southeastern Minnesota League of Municipalities (SEMLM)

Potential Collaborators: Community Networking Group (CNG)


Related Projects

Create a regional brand and communication platform ; Destination Medical Center (DMC) Plan ; Health Assessment and Planning ; Intercultural Cities Initiative (ICI) ; Rochester Master Plan (2010) ; SE Mn Together: A regional community growth initiative ; We are More

Detailed Description

 


 

Updates

2014-12-20

 

 

 

Misc Info

 

Key Points:

  • 501C3 formation to drive execution of the plan
  • Staffing of agency

 

Key Initiatives Include:

  • Create a regional brand and communications platform
  • Create Leadership Teams to oversee development of the Rochester Area's target business sectors
  • Formalize a best-practice startup acceleration program at the May Clinic Business Accelerator
  • Develop a comprehensive graduate-retention program
  • Identify, enhance and promote capital-formation resources
  • Conduct a regional workforce gap
  • Form a coalition to create a regional talent retention and attraction campaign
  • Pursue regional transit service for high-volume weekday commuting periods
  • etc ...

 

Economic Development Related Events => LINK


Project Status/News

December 10, 2019 PB: Journey to Growth Plan 5 Year Conclusion and Celebration

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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April 04, 2019 TBD: Journey to Growth Plan $25M loan fund

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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October 13, 2015 Bluff County Group: Journey to Growth October 2015 Meeting at Chatfield

More than 100 representatives from area cities and economic development organizations participated in the discussion about how J2G can accomplish its mission of diversifying the workforce and promoting towns surrounding Rochester as the Destination Medical Center (DMC) initiative, a medical tourism venture, attempts to draw people to visit, work and live in Rochester. J2G is a five-year regional economic growth strategy developed by Rochester Area Economic Development, Inc. (RAEDI) and the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce in which the cities of Chatfield and Spring Valley, among others, are partners.

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Related PlanScape Status

Business Process, Children & Youth, Diversity and Inclusion, Economic Development, Education, Governance/Public Policy, Workforce Development, Vision/Identity  

April 02, 2020: Minnesota’s health plans to waive costs for treatment of COVID-19

Governor Walz today announced that Minnesota’s health plans have agreed to waive costs for treatment of COVID-19. This move comes in response to a March 13 letter from the Governor and State Commissioners of Health and Commerce urging Minnesota health plans to remove barriers to coverage during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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April 02, 2020: Resilient Option - finding strength and connection

Living with angry brains The next few weeks will challenge your emotional and social skills.

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April 01, 2020: Diversity Council March Latest Newsletter with COVID-19 Info

In light of all that is going on throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Diversity Council wants to remain a connector and convener for all those in need throughout our community. If you are aware of valuable information and resources, please email info@diversitycouncil.org and we will do our best to increase awareness.

If you have needs to express as an individual or member of a particular community, please reach out to info@diversitycouncil.org. Diversity Council is willing and happy to hear your concerns and connect you with the correct resources.

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April 01, 2020: City of Rochester Supporting Local Businesses ( In English and Khmer)
  • NEW Options for deferment of liquor license renewal payments
  • New Municipal parking ramps
  • COVID‐19 Emergency Economic Development Loans
  • On‐street parking
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March 31, 2020: Steps To Inspire Generosity

Minnesota Discovery Recovery Fund issues first grants. 

Investing in community-led solutions: supporting our nonprofit partners

Advocating for equity: Standing with our AAPI community

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March 31, 2020: Community Service Officers and Cub Foods Partnership

March 31, 2020 – Rochester, Minnesota – The Rochester Police Department’s Community Service Officers (CSO) and Cub Foods have developed a unique partnership to help the at-risk and elderly residents of Rochester.

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March 31, 2020: Rochester-Area Economic Development Inc (RAEDI) Loan News

News forwarded by RAEDI: The State of MN’s Small Business Emergency Loan Program is now accepting applications.

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March 30, 2020: Important Update on Applying for Unemployment Insurance Benefits

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Minnesota's Unemployment Insurance team members are processing more applications for unemployment benefits than ever before. It is our top priority to process applications efficiently and effectively, and to ensure that we can deliver for Minnesotans in this time of need.

To ensure our system can handle the increased activity we are experiencing, we are asking that *new* unemployment insurance applicants apply online on an assigned day, based on your social security number (SSN).

If you need to apply for unemployment benefits for the first time, please refer to the schedule below to learn when you are scheduled to apply. You will only be allowed to apply on your assigned day - or on Thursday or Friday if you missed your assigned day.

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March 27, 2020: Family Service Rochester implements COVID-19 Grocery Shopping Service

Family Service Rochester implements COVID-19 Grocery Shopping Service

Olmsted County residents who are homebound and unable to shop for groceries can contact Family Service Rochester for help. FSR will match requests with a volunteer to assist with shopping.
Requests can be submitted online at familyservicerochester.org or by calling 507-218-3267 between 9 am – 3 pm. All volunteers have background checks and COVID-19 screening for health and
safety.
 
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March 27, 2020: Governor Tim Walz Press Conference Summary

Governor Tim Walz today joined leaders from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), Department of Employment and Economic Development, Department of Education, and the State Emergency Operations Center to answer questions from the press on the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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March 26, 2020: DMCC Executive Committee Topics including COVID-19 Handling

2020-03-26 DMCC Executive Committee Meeting materials including discussions on COVID-19 handling. 

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March 26, 2020: Rochester Community Warming Center

(1) Rochester Community Warming Center relocates to Mayo Civic Center Exhibition Hall effective immediately 

(2) Olmsted County will comply with Governor Walz’s Executive Order directing all Minnesotans to stay at home to help contain the spread of COVID-19 from Friday, March 27, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. to Friday, April 10, 2020. This means that Olmsted County residents, and all Minnesotans, should only leave home when absolutely necessary for essential needs and to maintain essential services. This new order follows similar actions from our neighboring state of Wisconsin. 

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March 18, 2020: Council's Priorities During COVID-19

Over the coming days, you will begin to see a rapid number of updates on our Council Facebook page. These updates will provide you with the latest information on actions the federal and state governments have taken as components of their ongoing response to mitigate the health and economic impacts of COVID-19. 

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March 18, 2020: Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation

Announcing the Minnesota Disaster Recovery Fund (MDRF)

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