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During the spring of 2015, DMC was holding its final hearings. At about the same time Major Jim Frye from the Salvation Army had spoken with the Rochester Area Interfaith Leaders about his concerns related to DMC and how the Salvation Army’s community service buildings were not on the DMC map. Such services are critical services and many issues were raised regarding accessibility and the impact on social services by DMC.

These concerns were brought back to the Justice and Peace Ministry Team of Congregational Church UCC. After discussion, the team decided to appear before the final DMC meeting asking for a social impact statement, and they made plans for what would be the first In the Shadow of Growth Forums on June 17, 2015. Presenters were individuals from the community services area. With approximately 120 concerned community members in attendance, it was felt that a second forum would be held to gauge from those community members to see what direction the group would be from there.

So, a community group had started. In the meantime, several downtown church leaders had been meeting about the same issues. The group was called In the City for Good. The steering committee for the Forums met and chose to take on that name. There are eight Action groups working with the issues of Living Wages, Transportation, Affordable Housing, Sustainability, Social Services, Education, Social Justice and Historic Preservation.


2019 News

January 2019 News


PLEASE JOIN US FOR 2 Upcoming Forums:

Conversation with our new Mayor Kim Norton

Thursday, January 10, 2019

7:00-8:30 p.m.

125 LIVE, 125 Elton Hills Drive, Upper level/River Rooms

Dementia/Alzheimer Indicators for Self and Others – See attached flyer


Monday, January 14th

6:30 p.m. Light Supper

7:00 -8:00/8:30 Session

Please join us for a session on the how to recognize signs of dementia and alzheimers along with a brief enlightening and light-hearted exercise highlighting how to recognize the signs.    

Location: Congregational Church, UCC

974 Skyline Dr SW, Rochester, MN 55902

A light supper will be provided. All are welcome.  No fee- but registration required.

Please RSVP by Friday January 11th. 259-0135 or [email protected].


Library Advocacy Action

Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at 7 p.m. in the main floor conference room

Upcoming Meetings:

Steering Committee:

Tuesday, January 8th, 4 p.m at the United Way Building, 903 West Center Street. Main floor Conference Room

Affordable Housing Action Group

Monday, January 14th at 7:00 p.m. at the United Way Building, 903 West Center Street

Sustainability Action Group

Thursday, January 17th , 3:30 pm at Assisi Heights.

 Social Action Group 

Monday, January 28th (one week later because of the MLK holiday), 6:30 p.m. Congregational Church, 974 Skyline Dr SW.  

Age-Friendly Community Action Group

January 9th, 6:30 p.m. at 125 Live


inthecityforgood In the City for Good Teamroom

Purpose of the site
A sub-site of Community Beam, the City4Good website is being prototyped by  to help the "In the City For Good initiative" to better collaborate.
Community Status/News

Affordable Housing Proposal (January 17, 2019)

The City of Rochester is looking to have up to 10 floors of housing constructed on top of a brand new 650 unit parking ramp.

This is in both a targeted census tract, an opportunity zone and a couple blocks from the Mayo Clinic. The city spent an addition $500k to ensure footings could serve up to 10 addition levels of housing.

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Bloom Reconsiders Second Phases of Riverfront Project (January 15, 2019)

"Bloom International Realty may be rethinking plans to build the second phase of its $230 million riverfront development in downtown Rochester.

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Rochester Area Volunteer Meeting Calendar (January 14, 2019)

2019 Meeting Calendar and List of agencies participated in April 12, 2018 Community Volunteer Fair.

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City of Rochester Vision, Principles and Priorities (January 14, 2019)

City Council COW was shown this Rochester Vision Document. 

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Open Beam: A "For Purpose" Entity (January 12, 2019)

OpenBeam (being evolved by Al Lun and Erik Lundquist) is exploring to use the PowerShift extension of Holacracy to build out a for-purpose organization that features radically transparent organizational structure designed to be devoid of traditional territorial, ego-centric, command-and-control bureaucratic structure. 

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Rochester City Transit Development Plan References (January 02, 2019)

Found the following links on Rochester City Website.  The City of Rochester is conducting four integrated transit studies to refine the concepts identified in the DMC Plan.

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Triton Hilton Hotel (Broadway at Center) Asking for more TIF (December 21, 2018)

Rochester developer Gus Chafoulias wants an additional $6.5 million in city assistance to pay for the nearly-complete Hilton hotel project.

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Chateau Theater Request for Proposal (December 21, 2018)

The RFP is open to all interested parties and has a submission deadline of February 15, 2019.

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