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Sep 25, 2024 07:00 PM Screen Agers: Growing Up in the Digital Age ('youth', 'rps', 'education', 'time-sensitive') Join us on Monday September 25 7pm-8:30pm. RPS Middle Schools are collectively offering a three-part event series to support parents and caregivers to students ages 10 - 18. This series will navigate concerns about growing up in the digital age, uncovering skills for stress resilience, and addressing vaping, drugs, and alcohol. After each film screening a discussion will be hosted by one of our School-Based Mental Health Practitioners.
Aug 17, 2024 01:00 PM Back to School Block Party & Parade ('social services', 'community engagement') Food, Hair Cuts, School Supplies, Family Activities
Aug 12, 2024 07:00 PM LWV-R Rochester Public Schools Nov. referendum ('time-sensitive',)
Aug 03, 2024 10:00 AM RPS Community Ed 50th Anniversary Community Celebration ('food', 'Culture', 'health') A team of dedicated staff have been working for months to plan our 50th Anniversary Community Celebration on Saturday, August 3, 10 AM to 2 PM, at Cascade Lake Park (see attached map). We'll have a wealth of activities for participants, including musical, dance, and our own Poetry Out Loud performers, arts and crafts for kids, cultural artifacts and henna, outdoor games, story time, face painting, and lots of Community Education information.
Aug 02, 2024 11:00 AM C2C FASA Unlock your Future ('education', 'community') Free Financial Aid support to complete FAFSA & MN Dream Act Application
Aug 01, 2024 06:30 PM FORUM WITH COUNCIL MEMBER-AT-LARGE AND WARD CANDIDATES ('governance', 'community', 'openbeam') Share this with those in the community for this important primary election. We are calling for questions that reflect the issues of our action teams and all of the community. We will share questions received ahead of time with our candidates.
Jul 30, 2024 06:30 PM LWV-R Candidate Forum Olmsted County Commissioner District 3 ('time-sensitive',)
Jul 25, 2024 01:00 PM RCTC: Come learn about FAFSA! ('time-sensitive', 'Education', 'education', 'rctc') Financial Aid Specialists will be available to help students complete the FAFSA
Jul 24, 2024 11:00 AM Women’s Foundation of Minnesota Community Connect Event ('diversity', 'community') Community Connect is an informal biannual gathering for community members from across the state to meet and find serendipitous connections to their next funder, accomplice, or co-conspirator. This event is not just for the outgoing and social—we’re confident it will be a meaningful and welcoming experience for extroverts and introverts alike.
Jul 23, 2024 06:30 PM LWV-R Candidate Forum Rochester City Council Ward 4 ('time-sensitive',)
Jul 23, 2024 01:00 PM RCTC: Come learn about FAFSA! ('time-sensitive', 'education', 'rctc') Financial Aid Specialists will be available to help students complete the FAFSA
Jul 23, 2024 01:00 PM May 2024 Rochester Vision 2050 Community Engagement ('co-design', 'governance', 'community', 'key', 'openbeam') Our city has undertaken a broad array of initiatives to create a bright future for her citizens and constituencies. These should be guided by a clear, optimistic, aspirational vision. 2050: Far enough for limitless possibilities; close enough to begin today to serve Rochester’s next generation and beyond. Vision 2050 Steering Committee guides this initiative A large volunteer group will put “Vision in Action”, using co-design to engage the community to share ideas and priorities for Rochester’s future.
Jul 22, 2024 06:30 PM Rochester City Council Ward 2 Candidate Forum ('time-sensitive', 'community engagement', 'governance')
Jul 22, 2024 10:00 AM Rochester Clinic: Cognitive Health ('community health', 'community') Please join Dr. Dawn Jacobson, MD certified in Bredesen Protocol for Alzheimer's cognitive health. Also, a simple cooking demo will showcase a healthy recipe for the brain.
Jul 20, 2024 04:30 PM UTSAV: The Festival of Colors 2024 ('youth', 'education', 'diversity', 'community') Join us on Saturday, July 20th, 2024, from 4:30 PM to 8:30 PM for UTSAV: The Festival of Colors, a vibrant celebration of the diverse cultural heritage of the Asian Indian community. This event is open to all, and we welcome everyone to come and have fun! Enjoy delicious food, color splash, captivating dance performances, mesmerizing music, and explore a diverse array of products available for browsing.
Jul 20, 2024 12:00 PM Vegan Grill Out (#2 July) ('food', 'health') Join us at Kutzky Park (right next to the tennis courts) for a laid-back grill out, but all plant-based! Food will be provided, but feel free to bring your own dish and/or drink. We'll have Vegetable Kababs, Veggie Burgers, meat-alternative burgers, "hot dogs," fruit, and water!
Jul 17, 2024 12:00 PM Virtual Information Session: Mobilizing Olmsted Voices for Equity ('Diversity', 'governance') Learn about how you can be the voice of your community and make a difference in helping to shape its future.
Jul 14, 2024 03:00 PM Meet the Candidates in Ward 2 ('time-sensitive', 'Diversity Council')
Jul 13, 2024 05:00 PM Bolder Options Tailgate 2024 ('mentoring', 'time-sensitive', 'community engagement', 'community') Don't miss out on any of the action! Mark your calendars for this free event and get ready for an unforgettable evening in support of Bolder Options Youth Mentoring - See you there!
Jul 13, 2024 12:00 PM Farm Fest 204 ('food', 'diversity', 'community engagement') The FARM Fest is an event for all of us to share the cross-cultural experience as we are building community, sharing customs and cultural connections, and increasing our overall health,
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October 2021 Activities


In the City for Good will be presenting an online forum to give all in the community an opportuniy to hear from Rochester Public Schools Interim Superintendent Kent Pekel. Dr. Pekel will give an overview of his time so far in the district, along with more information on the strategic plan he will be proposing. Interested Rochester residents may submit questions ahead of time or during the meeting to be used in a Q&A time period after his primary presentation. The October 21 forum will be from 6:30 to 8.


Steering Committee- Tuesday, October 5, 4:00 p.m.

Topic: In the City for Good Steering Committee

Time: Oct 5, 2021 04:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

 Join Zoom Meeting

Contact [email protected] for Zoom info. 


Housing Team- Monday, October 11 7:00 p.m.

Our next In the City for Good Housing Team meeting will be on October 11 at 7 pm. We will be discussing the proposed Unified Development Code with Ryan Yetzer, Interim Deputy Director, Community Development for the City of Rochester leading the discussion along with others in the Community Development area. We will especially focus on what some of the proposed changes could mean related to Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) and the role of ADUs in addressing the concerns around the affordability of workforce and senior housing. This will be an online meeting, with the link to be sent out later this week.


Age-Friendly- Oct 12th and 26th 2:30 to 4:00

Meeting Information:

Age-Friendly Olmsted County Planning Group

Tues. Oct 12 and 26

2:30pm - 4pm


Contact [email protected] for Zoom info


Social Services/Social Justice- Watch for info of upcoming November meeting

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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.
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City Housing Support

Home Ownership Creation Program - Prairie Ridge: "NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Common Council of the City of Rochester, MN hereby approves the contribution of $4,000,000 to the Prairie Ridge development to support the creation of 201 for-sale homes via the Home Ownership Creation Program.


Last Updated July 17, 2024

How does racism impact people’s health?

 New Mayo Clinic, U of M framework aims to guide future research. The framework defines structural racism as the “totality of ways in which societies foster racial discrimination through mutually reinforcing systems of housing, education, employment, earnings, benefits, credit, media, health care and criminal justice.”

Last Updated July 13, 2024

Norsq Cos Townhomes & Two state-supported Mayowood housing projects

PB Reporting Housing Projects

Proposed $68M 187-unit rental townhome project.

Olmsted County Trailside Apartments $13 million project 36-Unit Senior Apartments, Bear Creek Development and Three Rivers Community Action $22.7 million Restoration Glen, 48-Unit Apartment Complex,


Last Updated July 11, 2024

United Way of Olmsted County Report

$1.1 million funding for 48 participants 2024-07-10

FoodSecurity noun “limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods or limited or uncertain ability to acquire acceptable foods in socially acceptable ways” (USDA).

Last Updated July 10, 2024

2024 Targeted Business Enterprise Utilization Plan Reports

2Q 2024: June 2024May 2024 - Admin Message, TBE Report; April 2024 - Admin Message, TBE Report

1Q 2024: Feb 2024 - Admin Message, TBE Report; Jan 2024: Admin Message, TBE Report

Special callouts: Women in Construction; City of Rochester Equity in Development 

Last Updated July 01, 2024

City of Rochester - Justice, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (JEDI) Audit Status

June 24, 2024 City Council Study Session: Justice Equity Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) Audit per Goodenough 

Departmental Audit reports of: Human Resources; Rochester Public Library; Parks & Rec 


Last Updated June 26, 2024

Rochester Area Volunteer Administration Training Info

Volunteer Recruitment Effectiveness: What can advertising teach us? 

Volunteer Process Assessment 

Last Updated June 22, 2024

Somali American Social Service Association

SASSA to receive $1M from MN to train workers for high-demand employment. 

The funding is awarded under the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) Targeted Populations Workforce Competitive Grant Program.

Last Updated June 21, 2024

Community Building Fund

The City of Rochester welcomes applications for the Community Building Fund.  This fund is all about supporting projects, programs, and events in the city that actively promote equity and inclusion.

Last Updated June 20, 2024

Homes for our Neighbors Community Gathering

Calling for Community Support at Community Meeting:  The most recent Olmsted County Maxfield Study found that from 2020-2030, housing demand required 18,000 new housing units. 71% would need to be general-occupancy and 29% age-restricted senior housing.


Last Updated June 15, 2024

Mixed Housing Mayo Civic Center Parking Lot

June 3, 2024 City Council Meeting 

Council action is requested to continue development negotiations with Sherman Associates and conditionally approve development assistance of up to $13,000,000 in Tax Increment Financing (TIF) assistance and up to $3,000,000 in DMC General State Infrastructure Aid.  

Last Updated June 13, 2024

PossAbilities Announcements

June 20, 2024 Skills Class: The Art of Theatre

Collaboration with CMRC: Presentation Slides, Video Recording Clip

Last Updated June 11, 2024

Three Rivers Restorative Justice Circle

Three River Restorative Justice and Project Legacy Restorative Circle re Century High racial hate incident

Circle included Kendall Hughes, co-founder of Three Rivers Restorative Justice, a partner of Project Legacy

Last Updated June 11, 2024

Olmsted County Community Indicators 2023

Report contains info: 

1. Demographics 2. Population by age 3. Diversity 4. Foreign-born population 5. Languages and ancestry 6. Educational trends 7. Household income 8. Poverty status 9. Health factors 10. Housing and living 11. Labor force 12. Unemployment rate 13. Election trends 14. Community safety 15. Environmental factors 16. Highlights 17. References

Last Updated June 09, 2024

ISAIAH Rochester Agenda

Focus Area: Housing; Our Next Generation; Healthcare; Community-Building; Climate

Activities: Rochester Faith in MN & ISAIAH Calendar and Strategic Missions

Reference: CMRC June 24, 2024 Meeting Presentation Video


Last Updated June 09, 2024

Metro State University Invitation

White House Initiative on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (WHIAANHPI) Economic Summit in St. Paul, MN on July 2, 2024

Last Updated June 07, 2024

May 2024 Minnesota Compass Newsletter

May MN Compass Newsletter

Importance of data disaggregation: Minnesota's Asian Population, Minnesota's Black communities

Last Updated June 03, 2024

Mr and Ms JuneTeenth 2024

2024 Recognition

$1K Scholarship: 2024 Rochester H.S. Graduate: Application and Nomination, Sponsorship and Donation support

Facebook photos of 2024 Mr. and Miss Juneteenth

Last Updated May 29, 2024

DMC's BioRoch effort to Collaborate with MN MedTech 3.0

DMCC Board Updates:

1. May 2024 Status Memo to DMCC Board  

2. Feb 2024 DMCC Board Meeting: Video Clip of Discussion at Feb 1 2024 DMCC Board - DMC part of MedTech 3.0; Memo to DMCC

3. Nov. 2023 Video Clip of Discussion at DMCC Board Meeting about MN MedTech 3.0 Description and Webinar

References: US DEA Tech Hub Awardees 

Last Updated May 27, 2024

1H 2024 Destination Medical Center


May 2024 DMCC Board Meeting and City, County, DMC Joint Meeting

Feb 2024 DMCC Board Meeting

Last Updated May 24, 2024