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SE Mn Together: A regional community growth initiative

Beam Project Type:     Project in Plan Phase

Southeast Minnesota Together is a regional collaborative network of organizations and individuals developing and pursuing strategies to address our workforce shortage. SE MN Together also seeks to strengthen regional connections and build local capacity in communities across the region, which can be leveraged to address other social and economic issues affecting Southeast Minnesota.

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Level 1: Diversity and Inclusion ; Economic Development ; Workforce Development

Level 2: Economic Diversification


Community Health:

Highlight Activities

March 14 SE MN Together Region-Wide Convening Meeting

    Morning Program, 8:30-Noon

    • Keynote:
      Tom Fisher, Director of the Minnesota Design Center
      21st Century Communities
        • SE MN Together will provide a quick update on the significant work completed by our Action Teams over the last year.
        • Breakout Sessions:
          Community Design
          Diversity & Includsion
          Emerging Issues
          Marketing & Branding
            • Lunch Provided, Noon-1p
            Afternoon Opportunities:
              • Open Networking Time, 1-2pmeet new people… continue work with colleagues… explore ideas that bubbled up during the day
                • The Governor’s Housing Taskforce wants to hear from you! 2-5p
                Please join us for a Regional Housing Forum to learn about the work of the Taskforce, share your ideas, and help craft housing strategies that will work for your region.


                Lead Organization: Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation

                Confirmed Collaborators: Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation

                Potential Collaborators: Diversity Council ; Journey to Growth Diversity and Inclusion Committee ; Journey to Growth Partnership

                Status Reports Related PlanScape Status on: Diversity and Inclusion, Economic Development, Workforce Development

                May 17, 2018: Southeast Minnesota Workforce Development Board Strategic Planning Meeting

                openBeam's information on structure and Southeast Minnesota Workforce Development Board Strategic Planning Meeting
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                May 10, 2018: Community Health Collaboration Conversation: Public Health, the Y and Diversity Council

                Al Lun, openBeam, facilitated a 2018-05-8 meeting with Josh May, the Y; Dee Sabol, Diversity Council and Meaghan Sheridan, Olmsted Public Health to introduce each organization's community health related activities.

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                May 08, 2018: CNG Steering Committee working on 2018 Compass Points

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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                February 22, 2018: Cradle to Career 2018 Launch Feb 22, 2018 Meeting

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

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

                "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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                February 17, 2018: 2018 Discipline Data Update - Information

                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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                January 12, 2018: Winona State Rochester: Business, Leadership, and Education

                Winona State University – Rochester (WSU-R) and the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Business, Leadership, and Education Open House Jan. 18, 2018

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                December 24, 2017: Rochester A City of Compassion Steering Committee 2017 Status Report

                Year end report on status and what to look forward to ...  "as Mary Alessio of the Locks of Compassion Project declares “Compassion is rippling throughout our community”

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                Last modified by support on 2018/03/21
                Created by support on 2015/10/24

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                • 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.

                The following defines the various project phases:
                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
                5. Pre-concept Phase - an early idea or a requirement.
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