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What brought about the CNG network?

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About CNG

Convening regularly since April 2013, the CNG is comprised of non-profits, human and social service providers, local philanthropies, citizens and elected officials who meet to discuss the scope and impact of anticipated growth on our overall quality of life. We have been especially focused on how initiatives such as Destination Medical Center, Journey to Growth and the city's comprehensive plan can help us advance as a healthy and inclusive community where opportunity and responsibility are broadly shared.

CNG typically meets on the 4th Wednesday of the month from 7:30AM to 9:00AM at the Rochester Area Foundation.

 

History

 

The following June 13, 2013 by the Post Bulletin provides some background information for this network.

While promoters of Mayo Clinic's Destination Medical Center initiative has focused largely on the economic benefits of the proposed 20-year expansion plan, a community group is meeting to focus on the societal impacts the growth will bring.


While promoters of Mayo Clinic's Destination Medical Center initiative has focused largely on the economic benefits of the proposed 20-year expansion plan, a community group is meeting to focus on the societal impacts the growth will bring.

 

"There's so many things that growth will produce that are positive; there's also challenges that growth produces," said Olmsted County Commissioner Sheila Kiscaden, who attended last week's meeting.  

Mayor Ardell Brede also joined the group last week, and he said he plans to reconvene it sometime in July. It includes representatives from local nonprofits, city and county government, Mayo Clinic and business organizations and the University of Minnesota Rochester.

 

The school district and many other organizations that support the community are going to have to make adjustments to how they operate, Kiscaden said.

 

"It's everything from do we need more schools? Do we need more law enforcement personnel? Do we need more housing? How are we going to deal with all of these various challenges and demands for service that come with an expanding population," she said.

 

Also, as Brede pointed out, not all of the 35,000 new jobs projected for Rochester over the next 20 years are high-paying positions. In fact, a large portion will be in the hotel and restaurant industry, paying lower wages, and that means more people in Rochester struggling to get by.

 

Also, as Brede pointed out, not all of the 35,000 new jobs projected for Rochester over the next 20 years are high-paying positions. In fact, a large portion will be in the hotel and restaurant industry, paying lower wages, and that means more people in Rochester struggling to get by.

"So, that will put some pressures on the community" and county's social services, Brede said.

 

Brede and Kiscaden said some of the other people involved in the group are: Dave Beal of the United Way of Olmsted County; Jay Hesley of the University of Minnesota Rochester; former Olmsted County Sheriff Steve Borchardt, who is with the Rochester Area Foundation; John Wade, president of the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce; and Rochester-Olmsted Planning Director Phil Wheeler.

The group has discussed ways it might share information and coordinate planning, Kiscaden said.

"I think rather than having every group go off and work on their own, it's really helpful to be able to share what's being learned along the way ... and look for opportunities for synergy, not only in the planning process but in the future for service delivery," she said.

Brede said two members of group will be talking with the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, which is part of the University of Minnesota, to inquire about possible consulting services.

 

About Al Lun

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About Al Lun

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Retired from IBM, Al Lun has worked in the computer industry for over 3 decades. He has worked in technology development in various capacities including architecture, project management, software/hardware development and people management.

Active in Rochester-area philanthropic boards, Al is also building out the Community Beam website to co-create a healthy and inclusive community where opportunity and responsibility are broadly shared

He believes in the 4P principle of running an organization: People, Process, Product, Profit, in that order. And people must be first.

 

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About Community Beam

The Community Beam portal was built to help create a healthy and inclusive community where opportunity and responsibility are broadly shared.

If you find the information contained here useful, please make donations to either the Rochester Area Family Y or Diversity Council or both.

I am a board member of both of these fine charitable organizations.

 

 

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CMRC Vision

We have a healthy and inclusive community where opportunity and responsibility are broadly shared.

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CMRC

A sub-site of dmcbeam.org, the Community Mobilization Resources Center (CMRC) aims to provide "continuous communication" for CMR Coalition 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 CMRC. 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? T

Step 2: Contact us to join.

 

Community Status/News

Rochester Downtown Alliance Downtown and Inteview Series (June 01, 2020)

(1) Downtown restaurants reopening and (2) Preparing to re-open and interviewing Rochester Area Nonprofit Consortium about COVID. 

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Collaboration with the Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans (May 18, 2020)

This storytelling project with CAPM will feature Minnesota Cambodian community leaders in a series of video shorts.

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Plans for a pair of transit villages connected by a dedicated route are being scaled back. (May 18, 2020)

"The council opted to move forward with a modified plan for a single village at Mayo Clinic’s west parking lot along Second Street Southwest and a transit system traveling east and west with a loop around the city-county Government Center."

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Governor Tim Walz announced the next phase of the COVID-19 response (May 14, 2020)

In conjunction with this announcement, the Governor signed Executive Orders to protect Minnesotans most at risk from the virus and safeguard workers. The first Executive Order strongly encourages Minnesotans at greatest risk of serious illness to continue staying home. The second Executive Order
ensures workers can raise concerns regarding the safety of their work environments without fear of discrimination or retaliation. It also protects workers from loss of income if they refuse to work under unsafe or unhealthy conditions.
Following the guidance of public health officials, the Governor today announced a preliminary set of health indicators that could trigger a decision to re-impose restrictions to slow the spread of the virus. These indicators will be refined over time as we learn more about the virus and the course of the
pandemic in Minnesota.  
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Diversity Council Newsletters with COVID-19 Info (May 12, 2020)

In light of all that is going on throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Diversity Council wants to remain a connector and convener for all those in need throughout our community. If you are aware of valuable information and resources, please email info@diversitycouncil.org and we will do our best to increase awareness.

If you have needs to express as an individual or member of a particular community, please reach out to info@diversitycouncil.org. Diversity Council is willing and happy to hear your concerns and connect you with the correct resources.

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Rochester-area Chamber of Commerce - back to work info series (May 11, 2020)

Topics include: 5 Steps to Reopening your business safely, Liability Concerns for Reopening Your Business

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MPR Invite COVID Community Helpers Stories (May 07, 2020)

Looking for moments when people are helping other people in the community. In a nod to Fred Rogers, in bad times look for the helpers. So, please consider sharing a story about a helper in your community.

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