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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.


February/March 2018 News

March Activities

The next meeting of the Affordable Housing Action Group is scheduled for March 12, 2018, at 7:00 pm at the United Way Building, 903 West Center Street

Steering Committee: Tuesday, March 13th 4 p.m at the United Way Building, 903 West Center Street Conference Room C, second floor.

The next meeting of the Sustainability Action Group will meet March 15th, 3:30 pm at Assisi Heights.

The next meeting of the Social Services Action Group will be Monday, March 19th , 6:30 p.m., Congregational Church, 974 Skyline Dr SW.

The next meeting of the Age-Friendly Community Action Group – March 28th 6:30 p.m. at 125 Live

The next meeting of the Library Action group- watch for notice.




March Forum

Forum with guest Heidi Welsch, the new Olmsted County Administrator, who will share County updates and answer our questions related to our action issues. March 8th, 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Christ United Methodist Church. All are welcome! Please join us!

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February Activities

Steering Committee: Tuesday, February 6th 3 p.m (note the time change) at the United Way Building, 903 West Center Street Conference Room C, second floor.

The next meeting of the Affordable Housing Action Group is scheduled for February 12, 2018, at 7:00 pm at the United Way Building, 903 West Center Street

The next meeting of the Sustainability Action Group will meet February 15th, 3:30 pm at Assisi Heights.

The next meeting of the Social Services Action Group will be Monday, February 26th , 6:30 p.m., Congregational Church, 974 Skyline Dr SW. As we seek to address poverty and homelessness, join us and our guest, Kathryn Lozada, So Minnesota Organizer for Isaiah MN. Join us as we hear more about action and partnership possibilities with Isaiah

The next meeting of the Library Action group is February 28th, Library, Conf room A. 6-7:30 p.m.

The next meeting of the Age-Friendly Community Action Group – Watch for updates!

FEBRUARY 22, 2018 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Join community groups including Communities United for Rochester Empowerment (CURE), SEIU Healthcare Minnesota, ISAIAH, Faith in Minnesota, In The City for Good, Sierra Club North Star Chapter and Navigate MN will host a candidate forum featuring multiple candidates running for Governor of Minnesota in 2018! Peace United Church of Christ, 1503 2nd Av NE


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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

Help the Y Build a Better Us! (March 19, 2018)

2018 Rochester Area Family Y "Build a Better Us" fundraising campaign. 

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March 2018 In City for Good community forum (March 18, 2018)

March 2018 presentation to City for Good by Olmsted County Administrator

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CNG Steering Committee working on 2018 Compass Points (March 14, 2018)

 CNG Steering Committee is working on the next version of Rochester/Olmsted County Compass report.

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Olmsted County, MN Community Health Improvement 1Q 2018 and 3Q 2017 Status (March 12, 2018)

March 2018 Status; September News 2017 (Including September meeting agenda and June meeting minutes).

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RPS meeting with Moms Demand Action (March 09, 2018)

RPS and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense are planning a dialog between the two groups. This is an opportunity to broaden the conversation to other efforts to address school safety.

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Mediation & Conflict Solutions Updates by Post Bulletin (March 01, 2018)

2018-03-01 PB story on MCS: "Looking for help with a conflict?

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Cradle to Career 2018 Launch Feb 22, 2018 Meeting (February 22, 2018)

At the February 22 meeting, the following information was shared. 

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Rochester Clinic and Lotus Health Foundation Community Health Events (February 19, 2018)

Two nationally well-known lifestyle medicine physician and pioneers, Dr. Neal Barnard and Dr. Hans Diehl along with other physicians will present several topics in Rochester.

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Riverfront project gets first nod per Post Bulleting Report (February 18, 2018)

"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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2018 Discipline Data Update - Information (February 17, 2018)

At the 2/6/2018 School Board Meeting the following was presented as a comparison of office referrals from first semester 2016-2017 and first semester 2017-2018 examining District, building, and student data.  Building Principals will also discuss behavior- related supports provided in their respective buildings.

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