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In City for Good (In the Shadow of Growth)

City for Good is coalition of eight Action Groups addressing deficiencies in the DMC plan: Living Wages, Transportation, Affordable Housing, Sustainability, Social Services, Education, Social Justice and Historic Preservation.

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Project Information

About the project

Impacts: 

Civic Engagement, Diversity and Inclusion, Income, Neighborhood, Special Needs, Sustainability   Livable City   Mental Health

Project Phase: 

Plan

Collaborators

Contact: Nancy Zaworski ; Email: inthecityforgood@gmail.com ; Phone: TBD

Lead Organization: In the City for Good Steering Committee

Collaborators: City of Rochester, MN ; Coalition for Rochester Area Housing ; County of Olmsted, MN ; In the City for Good Steering Committee ; In the City for Good Sustainability Subgroup

Related Projects

2016-2020 Housing Framework ; 40 Below: Building the workforce of the future ; Apply "Community of Excellence" framework to Greater Rochester ; Cradle to Career ; Destination Medical Center (DMC) Plan ; Intercultural Cities Initiative (ICI) ; Journey to Growth Plan ; Olmsted County, MN Community Health Improvement ; Planning 2 Succeed: Rochester 2040 Comprehensive Plan ; Rochester A City of Compassion (RocCoC)

 

Detailed Description

Current Status

City for Good is coalition of eight Action Groups addressing deficiencies in the DMC plan: Living Wages, Transportation, Affordable Housing, Sustainability, Social Services, Education, Social Justice and Historic Preservation.

History: Start of Shadow- In- the-City-for-Good
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.  There 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. 

 

 

Status/News

March 18, 2018: March 2018 In City for Good community forum

March 2018 presentation to City for Good by Olmsted County Administrator

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October 16, 2017: In the Shadow of Growth Forum: Pathways to Prosperity and Well-being

At the October 5 C4G forum, Paul Flesinner talked about a national pilot project to stop generational poverty and what we need to do within the current system to accomplish this now.

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Related PlanScape Status

Civic Engagement, Diversity and Inclusion, Income, Neighborhood, Special Needs, Sustainability  

April 12, 2019: Pathway to Prosperity

State lawmakers are being asked to provide $1 million in hopes of putting single parents and their children on a new path out of poverty this summer.

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April 11, 2019: OpenBeam April 2019 News

Attended Sustainability's  Arrive Rochester meeting about ride sharing presentation. Learn more them and their positioning in DMC Transportation notion of Transit Management.  Added the Arrive Rochester organization to Community Beam registry. Rediscovered this letter to DMCC and now wondering if the consultant is being paid  400K per year. 

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April 07, 2019: Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation

BRINGING OUR RESOURCES TO A SPROUT! EVENT NEAR YOU

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April 04, 2019: Journey to Growth Plan $25M loan fund

PB: "As part of J2G, lawmakers from Southeast Minnesota are seeking to create a $25 million revolving loan fund to spur business and entrepreneurial activity in the region’s towns and cities."

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April 03, 2019: SE Mn Together: A regional community growth initiative

April 30, 2019 Beyond Minnesota Nice Conference: Creating Welcoming and Inclusive Communities

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March 06, 2019: Isaiah News

Rochester ISAIAH Community Meetings: Recap of 3/3 and Onto 3/31

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March 05, 2019: Alternative Learning Center - A Success Story (We want you back)

A success story about ALC.  "We want you back" on YouTube. A Hmong student's high school graduation journey after quitting school to work to help support his family at the age of 16.

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February 23, 2019: Closing referral disparities (resolution agreement with Office of Civil Rights)

2019-02-23 2018-2019 Report presented to RPS school board and comparison with 2018 reporting. 

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February 02, 2019: History Center to present Traveling While Black

The “Traveling While Black” exhibit being developed by the History Center of Olmsted County will chronicle the challenges faced by black motorists prior to the passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964.

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January 28, 2019: Race Exhibit Returns to Rochester

Updates from Tony Williams, Science Museum of Minnesota

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January 14, 2019: Rochester Area Volunteer Meeting Calendar

2019 Meeting Calendar and List of agencies participated in April 12, 2018 Community Volunteer Fair.

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Last modified by allnode on 2018/06/14
Created by allnode on 2015/09/30

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