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Public Report by County of Olmsted, MN
Last modified: September 12, 2022




Olmsted County and other community events related to Welcoming Week 2022



Olmsted County Commisioners Sponsorship


Facebook Message Olmsted County Commisoners 


Olmsted County and the City of Rochester Joining Communities Across the USA in Celebrating Welcoming Week.

People of all backgrounds call Olmsted County and the City of Rochester home – including those who were not born in the United States. To recognize the importance of immigrants and refugees in our community and affirm the significance of inclusive spaces to our collective prosperity, 




Rochester Welcomes You Event



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Welcome New Citizens





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KIMT Reporting



ROCHESTER, Minn. - This week is the city of Rochester's second annual celebration of Welcoming Week, an initiative through ‘Welcoming America’ where cities across the states bring neighbors together - elevating the voices of different cultures and those who are new to the community. The Olmsted County Board of County Commissioners passed a resolution declaring September 9th through 18th as Welcoming Week. 

Throughout the week there will be various events throughout the Med City. This year, the Med City is able to do more collaborative events, from dance groups, to sharing a  meal together."

It's an opportunity for new residents to engage with other residents.

“The community is only as strong as all the people that live in it and only as strong as how well connected we are with each other. And so we want our new residents and new community members to feel seen, heard, and most of all celebrated,” says Chao Mwatela, City of Rochester Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Director.

“It’s really important not just for that one day, but for the entire week that spans welcome week. And that's not to say we don't extend the same welcome throughout the year, but this is an opportunity to really celebrate that,” she adds.

Next Friday Olmsted County is hosting a citizenship day celebration at the government center from 4 to 6 p-m, recognizing those who have recently become naturalized citizens.

That will be followed by the "Rochester Welcomes You" event next Saturday at Martin Luther King Jr. park from 10 am to 2 pm."





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Community Based DEI Events Aligned with the 2022 Welcoming Week Spirit  


The following is a collection of Beam-aware regional events that are happening around the official 2022 Welcoming Week, September 9th Through 18th


Start DateTitleDescriptionTags
Oct 01, 2022 12:00 PM Lationo Fest 2022 ('culture', 'Diversity', 'community')
Sep 30, 2022 10:00 AM Fall DEI Practitioner Convening and Luncheon (By Invitation) ('RAF', 'Diversity')
Sep 29, 2022 04:00 PM Network & Connect Happy Hour with Jounie Celebrating 10 years of service ('youth', 'social services', 'Diversity', 'community')
Sep 22, 2022 10:00 AM LATINX SUMMIT 2022 For Social Entrepreneurs Open to all college students and recent graduates in Greater Minnesota that are interested in learning about social entrepreneurship in the Latinx community! ('Education', 'diversity', 'Entrepreneurship')
Sep 19, 2022 05:30 PM Human Library with Mayo Clinic ('diversity', 'Human Library')
Sep 17, 2022 10:00 AM Rochester Welcomes You! A Welcoming Week Festival ('welcoming', 'Diversity')
Sep 17, 2022 08:00 AM CAAL: 2022 Leadership Summit: Creating Community Constellations ('Diversity', 'Entrepreneurship', 'leadership', 'Asian', 'education')
Sep 16, 2022 06:00 PM C.E.R.T. 1st Annual Awards Banquet ('public safety', 'Diversity', 'civic engagement')
Sep 16, 2022 04:00 PM Welcoming Week 2022 : You are invited to a citizenship celebration! ('community engagement', 'Diversity', 'welcoming', 'community')
Sep 09, 2022 04:30 PM Asian Pacific Minnesotans Leadership Awards Dinner: Democracy in the Time of Covid Strengthening Our Ties to One Another ('networking', 'HEALINGS', 'Entrepreneurship', 'Culture', 'Asian', 'Diversity')
Aug 22, 2022 10:00 AM Pop up vaccine shots event at Rochester ('education', 'diversity', 'Diversity Council', 'adult')
Aug 20, 2022 01:00 PM Ethiopian Heritage Day


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Related Reports


Other County of Olmsted, MN Pinned Reports

July 19, 2023 : County of Olmsted, MN $31 million ARPA

1. The commissioners allotted $11.3 million to the following initiatives: Development of affordable home ownership programs - $4.9 million. Groundwater protection and soil health program - $2 million. Development of Graham Park exhibition center - $4.4 million. 2. Olmsted County’s latest video provides insight into how we are using nearly $31 million in federal funds from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).

June 01, 2023 : Olmsted County Metrics Presented at 2023 DMC Real Estate Summit

2022 Olmsted County Community Indicators

December 08, 2022 : Olmsted County Statewide Health Improvement Partnership

Application for Community Partner Funding Awards will open on December 7, 2022

April 15, 2022 : Minnesota Department of Human Services Focus on U.S. born Black Minnesotans

(1) Advancing Racial Equity in the MN Medicaid Program; (2) A Focus on U.S. born Black Minnesotans

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Pinned County of Olmsted, MN organization and project reports


Project Report of Joint Studies on tackling Racism as a Public Health Issue : August 01, 2023 : Joint Studies on tackling Racism as a Public Health Issue

 1. Joint Study earning national achievement award; 2. Olmsted County Public Health interlocking with CMRC on collaboration actions

Project Report of Community Health Assessment Process : January 27, 2023 : Community Health Assessment Process

2021 - 2023 CHIP Priorities and Status; 2024 - 2026 CHIP Priorities

Project Report of Community Health Assessment Process : December 25, 2022 : Collection of documents

Documents include Process Improvements; Planning Process, Memberships

Project Report of Joint Studies on tackling Racism as a Public Health Issue : October 04, 2022 : Joint Studies on tackling Racism as a Public Health Final Report

Final report accepted by Olmsted County Board of Commissioner. 

Project Report of Community Health Assessment Process : June 03, 2022 : Olmsted County Health Assessment and Planning Partnership (HAPP)

Residents can help Olmsted County identify top community health issues.

Project Report of Joint Studies on tackling Racism as a Public Health Issue : March 08, 2022 : Tackling Racism as a Public Health Issue

1. 3/8/2022 Olmsted County Public Health press release to request survey responses; 2. 10/22/2021 Presentation to CMRC;  3. August update posted on Olmsted County website

Project Report of Community Health Assessment Process : September 14, 2021 : Olmsted County Health Assessment and Planning Partnership (HAPP)

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

Project Report of Community Health Assessment Process : January 14, 2021 : 2021 - 2023 Community Health Improvement Plan Document and Sections

Coalition of Community Health Improvement (CHIP) releasing 2021-2023 health improvement plan. 

Project Report of Community Health Assessment Process : March 12, 2020 : Health Assessment and Planning

Project Report of Community Health Assessment Process : October 25, 2019 : Olmsted County, MN Community Health Improvement

CHNA 2019 October / June Status Reports & Data Walk

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  1. Available - a product, program or service is in production
  2. Develop - program or application is being developed
  3. Plan - idea is solid, stakeholders are identified, and there is strong commitment to go forward from all parties.
  4. Concept Phase - idea scoped out with enough details to give an early sizing and/or to build a proof of concept
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About Beam
  • For the commercial sector, we tend to register startup activities (new companies and new commercial projects) that bring diversification and high-impact opportunities to the area.
  • For the non-profit sector, we wish to shine light on all the organizations and services that otherwise labor under relative obscurity.
  • Our hope is that will encourage cross-sector collaborations and creative solutions.

While there are a number of registries in the community,'s  distinct value is to pilot a database with a data structure and categorizations that answer the questions such as: What organizations or projects/programs in our community that have purported relevance with some of the over-arching focuses put forward by initiatives such as DMC, J2G and Health Improvements?

This database could be used as one of the ways to explore the capacities of the community. If you are someone on an exploratory journey to learn about the greater Rochester community. could be an interesting first step.

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