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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.


July 2021 Activities
Upcoming Meetings/Call to Action/Forums
Steering Committee- Tuesday, July 6, 2021 4:00 p.m.


Topic: In the City for Good Steering Committee
Time: Jul 6, 2021 04:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)


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A Call to Action- July 19th:
The Social Justice/Social Services Action Team and the Housing Action Team have advocated for addressing homelessness and affordable housing in our area. Last year our local governmental and other community leaders collaborated on the creation of the Day Center as a gathering place for our homeless community members during the day as well as a place to connect to resources and services.  The agreement is ending next month. 


The Rochester City Council is discussing the future and funding of the Day Center at its July 19th meeting.  We have several individuals lined up to speak, and we are asking for you to show community support by attending the meeting as a show of support in favor of extending and continuing the Day Center operations and to continue to work for a more permanent solution.


Please join us July 19, at 6 p.m. at the City Council/Board Chambers at City Hall.
If you are interested in participating with this effort and other efforts regarding homelessness, please respond to this email.
Save-the-Date- Thursday, August 26, 2021 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.- A Housing Forum with Rochester Area Faith Communities.  More information to follow.

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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

Press Releases (July 21, 2021)

SE MN Regional Crisis Center to open in July. 

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Racism and the Economy -- Federal Reserve Series (July 13, 2021)

Understanding the implications of structural racism in America's economy. 

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How to approach a DEI improvement project (July 07, 2021)

 Use the Listen, Learn and Act model to support new DEI leaders in our community. 

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Targeted Business Enterprise Utilization Plan 3Q2021 (July 05, 2021)

Key info includes: 2021 Global Mayors Challenge, DMC Discovery Walk Pre-bid 

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AARP Age Friendly Community (June 27, 2021)

(1) 2021-06-27 Status Community Report;  (2) 2020-01-15:Olmsted County joined the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities.


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Sustainable, Resilient Rochester (June 17, 2021)

Sustainability Task Force: Presentations to CMRC, Housing and Feedback from survey and action plan

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South-of-Downtown Waterfront Small Area Plan (May 29, 2021)

  March and May 2021 status slides and recording. 

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Targeted Business Enterprise Utilization Plan (May 28, 2021)

2021-05-28 News: Msg from JJ,;  May 2021 TB Report;  ACG pledge , 

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