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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.


September 2021 Activities

Sunday, September 19th at 2:30pm the Muslim Coalition of ISAIAH, in partnership with broader faith communities, will host a gathering with Rochester Council President Brooke Carlson at MLK ParkWe’ll be outdoors, masked, and using a sound system which will allow for folks to spread out and socially distance.

 You are invited to an opportunity to create a reality together here in Rochester where the people we elect to represent us are truly accountable to our community and the things we and our families need. 

 We’re going to have several questions prepared for her about housing and public safety concerns, and it will be a chance for us to learn about her role and what she wants to do to improve our city. But more than that, it will be an opportunity to demonstrate that there is a powerful community in coalition who will partner in leadership with her, supporting the goals and values that we share in her vision while also holding her accountable to them. For our families, for our dreams and desires, for our future of a brighter Rochester, join us for this powerful gathering as we start to build something new together that puts regular people at the center.


September 23, 2021- virtual
This month the groups will focus on the continuation of the dialog about affordable housing and homelessness with faith and community leaders.  We are working to connect to address these critical issues.  If you are interested in attending this forum, please reply to this email with your request for the link!



Age-Friendly Olmsted County - an extended effort for regional planning

> Wednesday, September 29, 2021
> 7:00 to 8:30 PM
> A virtual presentation using Zoom event link AFOC Zoom Link.
> (See below for other ways to join the Zoom meeting.)
> Join us to add your voice to the effort to ensure our county is a more liveable community in the years to come. Our guest panel will outline their 5-year effort to evaluate and anticipate local planning needs regarding housing, transportation, community health, outdoor spaces, and civic/social metrics. This effort is sponsored by Olmsted County and AARP, and hosted by Family Service Rochester. Similar efforts are underway for the State of Minnesota, Hennepin County, and other cities in our region.
> We need all voices to be heard in this important effort. Champions are needed from all viewpoints: urban and rural, elected officials, government agencies, nonprofits, academics, the business community, senior housing and services, community coalitions, and residents across the county. See Family Service Rochester AFOC page or AARP Livable Communities site for more information.
> Our guest speakers will include Olmsted County Commissioners Gregg Wright and Sheila Kiscaden, and staff of Family Service Rochester.
> Other options for joining the Zoom event:
> ·       Meeting ID: 890 0481 1153
> ·       Passcode: 891066
> To participate by phone only
> ·       Dial: (312) 626-6799 (note this is long distance and landline users will need to dial a 1 first)
> ·       Meeting ID: 890 0481 1153 (you will be told to follow with a #)
> ·       Participant ID: enter # to skip
> ·       Passcode: 891066 (you will be told to follow with a #) 





FORUM with Rochester Public Schools Interim Superintendent Kent Pekel


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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

History Center of Olmsted County (September 22, 2021)

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Olmsted County Health Assessment and Planning Partnership (HAPP) (September 14, 2021)

Status reports: September 2021, March 2021 from CHAP quarterly meetings

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Age-Friendly Olmsted County (AFOC) Meetings Log (September 10, 2021)

9/10/2021 message from Dave Beal, August 2021 kickoff and inventory meeting

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Racism and the Economy -- Federal Reserve Series (September 09, 2021)

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

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SRF Consulting - Rochester Rapid Transit (September 08, 2021)

To achieve maximum results, the project team took a unique “co-design” approach to gather the input needed for shaping the Rochester Rapid Transit Project to reflect the community’s values. 

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Chateau Theater RFP (September 07, 2021)

City of Rochester issuing Request for Proposal for an operating partner for the Chateau Theatre. 

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Targeted Business Enterprise Utilization Plan 3Q2021 (September 02, 2021)

Key info includes: 3Q 2021 News, 2021 Global Mayors Challenge, DMC Discovery Walk Pre-bid 

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NAACP, Rochester Chapter Speaker Series (August 29, 2021)

Honesty in Education: A clarification of Critical Race Theory.

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Olmsted County Human Rights Commission (August 27, 2021)

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