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In the City for Good: Housing and Sustainability News


Please join us for the next IN THE SHADOW OF GROWTH FORUM, June 15th 7:00 p.m. at Christ United Methodist Church.  See flyer attached.


Affordable Housing Action Group- June 12th and July 10th, 7:00 p.m. United Way Building, 903 West Center


Sustainability Action Group Meeting June 15th, 3:30 p.m.,  Assisi Heights

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If you are concerned about the current and future lack of affordable workforce housing in Rochester, we are asking that you email your city council representative now, to let them know you support the recommendations of the Inclusionary Housing report by Grounded Solutions.


You will find a link/button on the city website to email your council member:


It’s important that each email is individualized, so we are recommending you include the following information:


1.       Use a personal story; for example, maybe you or someone you know has had trouble finding affordable workforce housing.

2.      Send it to all of the city council members and the mayor (there is a button on the website which will send to all).

3.      Ask them to adopt the recommendations of the report as presented by Grounded Solutions and in the levels recommended in the report.


City of Compassion News


City of Compassion Value Statements

  • We believe that a compassionate world is a peaceful world
  • We believe that a compassionate world is possible when every man, woman and child treats others as they wish to be treated - with dignity, equity and respect
  • We believe that all human beings are born with the capacity for compassion, and that it must be cultivated for human beings to survive and thrive.
  • Join to make compassion a clear, luminous and dynamic force in our polarized world. Embrace the compassion revolution.




  • The next meeting will be Monday June 19th in Walters at Assisi Heights.
  • All meetings are 5:30 pm
  • Continued schedule, please come as you are able.
  • June 26
  • No meeting July 3rd
  • July 10th 17th, 24th, 31st
  • August 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th
  • Mayor Brede Signing the City Charter for Compassion August 30th, Peace Plaza, 12:00 - 1:30
CNG Partner Sites

United Way of Olmsted County

Rochester Area Foundation

Rochester Public Library

Diversity Council

Channel One

Minnesota Children's Museum - Rochester


A sub-site of dmcBEAM, the Community Network Center (CNC) aims to provide "continuous communication" for Community Networking Group (CNG) to increase awareness and understanding of public, private, non-profit organizations' plans and needs so that individually and collectively we will be more effective in carrying out our mission of serving the community.

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How to participate?

Step 1: Find out more about CNG and if its vision and mission inspire you to act. Things to consider include: What can I get out of participation? What can I contribute to the network? Take a look at the FAQ's and read more about this effort on our InfoCenter .

Step 2: Get on our distribution list.


Community Status/News

Help the Y Build a Better Us! (March 19, 2018)

2018 Rochester Area Family Y "Build a Better Us" fundraising campaign. 

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March 2018 In City for Good community forum (March 18, 2018)

March 2018 presentation to City for Good by Olmsted County Administrator

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CNG Steering Committee working on 2018 Compass Points (March 14, 2018)

 CNG Steering Committee is working on the next version of Rochester/Olmsted County Compass report.

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Olmsted County, MN Community Health Improvement 1Q 2018 and 3Q 2017 Status (March 12, 2018)

March 2018 Status; September News 2017 (Including September meeting agenda and June meeting minutes).

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RPS meeting with Moms Demand Action (March 09, 2018)

RPS and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense are planning a dialog between the two groups. This is an opportunity to broaden the conversation to other efforts to address school safety.

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Mediation & Conflict Solutions Updates by Post Bulletin (March 01, 2018)

2018-03-01 PB story on MCS: "Looking for help with a conflict?

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Cradle to Career 2018 Launch Feb 22, 2018 Meeting (February 22, 2018)

At the February 22 meeting, the following information was shared. 

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Rochester Clinic and Lotus Health Foundation Community Health Events (February 19, 2018)

Two nationally well-known lifestyle medicine physician and pioneers, Dr. Neal Barnard and Dr. Hans Diehl along with other physicians will present several topics in Rochester.

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Riverfront project gets first nod per Post Bulleting Report (February 18, 2018)

"Early plans for a $180 million construction project along the Zumbro River received some enthusiastic support from Rochester's Planning and Zoning Commission Wednesday night." 

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2018 Discipline Data Update - Information (February 17, 2018)

At the 2/6/2018 School Board Meeting the following was presented as a comparison of office referrals from first semester 2016-2017 and first semester 2017-2018 examining District, building, and student data.  Building Principals will also discuss behavior- related supports provided in their respective buildings.

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