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Community Networking Group (CNG)

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Organization: Community Networking Group (CNG)

Sector: Collective

Organization Mission: Our goal (common agenda) is to increase awareness and understanding of public, private, non-profit organizations' plans and needs. We aim to to share and identify key community needs and plans so that individually and collectively we will be more effective in carrying out our mission of serving the community. Our aim is to create a healthy and inclusive community where opportunity and responsibility are broadly shared.





The work of this organization may have impacts on the following areas:


Lvl 1: Best Practice ; Business Process ; Civic Engagement ; Housing ; Networking ; Vision/Identity

Lvl 2: Diversity and Inclusion ; Networking

DMC Impact: Livable City Health & Wellness Learning Environment Sports, Recreation, Nature

Community Health Impact area:



Status/News Reports:

February 14, 2018 CNG: Community Networking Group (CNG) News 2/14/2018

Instead of convening a CNG meeting in February, the CNG Steering Committee encourage friends to attend the 2/22 Cradle to Career community event. The next CNG meeting will be on March 22, 2018: panel conversations on social determinants of heath/wellness and Complete Count 2020.

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December 14, 2017 CNG: December Community Networking Group (CNG) Steering Committee Meeting Notes

We believe CNG continues to have a unique role in:  (1) Developing a common understanding of the social sector needs and its formal and organic impact on the community. (2) Focusing on designing the city and county for the people. (3) Leading the development of Rochester/Olmsted Compass Points, which has been valuable (at least to some organizations.)

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July 31, 2017 CNG: CNG housing message reframing workgroup

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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February 18, 2017 CNG: Board Match Event (Apr 19, 2017 from 05:00 PM to 06:30 PM)

Info shared by Samantha Rother, American Cancer Society

Match non-profits looking for board members and high level leadership volunteers with community members who have been through community leadership programs like Leadership Greater Rochester, Ready to Lead and Collaborative Leadership fellows. 


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September 02, 2016 CNG: A call for support for reduced monthly bus fare for low income individuals

The Voice of the Poor, Society of St. Vincent de Paul, is requesting that community members and organizations contact Rochester City Council members and the Mayor to voice their opinion on the proposed reduced monthly bus fare for low income individuals. 

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August 18, 2016 CNG: Support for multi-node transit/transportation

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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July 06, 2016 Community Networking Group (CNG) Non-profit workforce survey

This survey was done in June 2016 to prime the workforce develpment CNG panel discussion. Panel members: Mark Shultz – SE MN Regional Market Analyst, DEED; Julie Brock- Workforce Development & Education Director, Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce; Bruce Thompson- Placement Specialist, Workforce Development, Inc.; Julie Nigon - Manager of the Rochester Adult and Family Literacy Program, Hawthorne Education Center

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January 01, 2015 CNG: A sample of 2016 Summary of CNG Work Products

Looking back at some of the work products produced by CNG since its inception.

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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 Cbeam will encourage cross-sector collaborations and creative solutions.

While there are a number of registries in the community, Cbeam'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 relevancies 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. Cbeam 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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