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June 28, 2017 CNG Newsletter


Cradle to Career publishes community report (October 16, 2018)

2018-10-16 Community Report 




2018-09-26 Press Release


2018-09-19 Announcement 


Hello Cradle to Career supporters,


Cradle to Career is excited to announce we are recruiting for Collaborative Action Network (CAN) conveners for Kindergarten Readiness and On-Time Graduation. Attached, you will find criteria for the convening organization. We are offering two informational meetings to answer any questions you may have.

Information Meetings (United Way, 903 W Center St, Rochester, MN 55902) conference room A

  1. September 26, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.
  2. October 22, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.

 If you are unable to attend, but are interested in the convener role, please contact Julie Brock with your interest.

Join us for our Community Report Card event

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 from 7:00 a.m. – 9 a.m.

Please register here


Please forward this information on to those who would be interested. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Take Care,



Julie Brock

Cradle to Career | Executive Director

903 W. Center St, Suite 160

Rochester, MN 55902

507.535.5510 |

Strategic | Input | Connectedness | Learner | Intellection



Julie Brock Appointment as C2C ED




Rochester, MN – Cradle to Career announced today that Julie Brock will join the community wide initiative as Executive Director. Bringing experiences in secondary education, workforce development, and strategy design, Brock will begin her work at Cradle to Career on September 17, 2018.

Cradle to Career co-chair, Erin Sexton said, “We had a very robust field of candidates for this position, and the Leadership Table is pleased to have found someone of Julie's caliber to join us at this important time for Cradle to Career.”

Elaine Case, Cradle to Career co-chair added, “Her vision, drive, energy aligns with Cradle to Career’s goal to help every child and young adult succeed in school and career. I am delighted Julie will be joining us in this key position to help lead the community in our efforts to improve educational outcomes.”


The Executive Director plays an instrumental role in building and sustaining this community wide coalition, which will help introduce new ways of working together to improve educational outcomes. “We are incredibly lucky to have so many organizations dedicated to the success of others within our community and I am honored to be part of this vitally important work,” Brock said.

 Brock was selected following an extensive search. She comes to Cradle to Career after previously serving as Workforce Strategy Consultant for the State of Minnesota, Vice President of Workforce Development with the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce, and sixteen years in secondary education. Brock holds her Bachelors of Arts in English, Secondary Education Certification in Language Arts Education, and Master of Arts in Human Development.





CNG Steering Committee info "Stop the Census Citizenship Question" (July 27, 2018)

CNG Steering Committee helping LWV spread the word to "Take Action Now To Stop the Census Citizenship Question!"

ACTION ALERT: Take Action Now To Stop the Census Citizenship Question!


Earlier this year, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that he had directed the Census Bureau to add a question about citizenship status to the 2020 Census.

The Department of Commerce is accepting public comments until August 7th on the use of a citizenship question in the U.S. Census. We need as many people as possible to respond with comments to oppose this decision. This will demonstrate there is a strong public voice that opposes this decision.

Click "TAKE ACTION NOW" below to:

  • Learn more about the citizenship question and its effects

  • Read LWVUS's statements on the citizenship question

  • Review our suggested talking points

  • Learn how to submit a comment to the Department of Commerce (the most important part!)

  • Share this Action Alert on social media


 Take Action Now




Olmsted County, MN Community Health Improvement (June 18, 2018)

Volunteers are needed to help facilitate a Poverty Simulation on Tuesday, August 14, 2018.




Rochester Public Schools Summer Meal Program (June 08, 2018)

CNG Steering Committee working on 2018 Compass Points (May 08, 2018)

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

Project Planning

Link to CNG Steering Committee documentation (requires login).






Reference Information

Compass Points Listening Sessions Report


2018 Compass Enhancements



Additional MN Compass materials:














Community Networking Group (CNG) News 2/14/2018 (February 14, 2018)

CNG Announcements

Instead of convening a meeting in February, the CNG Steering Committee encourages friends to attend the February, 22  Cradle to Career: Plan for the Future community event.

The next CNG meeting will be at 8AM, March 22, 2018, Rochester Area Foundation: featuring (1) panel conversations on social determinants for health--their relationship with P2S; (2) Complete Count 2020. More details to come.

Also, the February CNG meeting material: Olmsted County administration structure and goals, CNG Survey, and Complete Count 2020 Intro can be found per this link.



Partners News

Rochester Area Foundation


Good afternoon!


We’re kicking off the spring series of the NonProfit Academy with Building Your Communications Plan on March 28th from 1-4pm.  Two of Rochester’s senior communicators will spend an afternoon helping you to create a plan to increase awareness, interest and participation for your organization - as well as better relationships with your stakeholders and funders.  Come join Heather Holmes from Journey to Growth and John Hachtel from UMR for a fun and productive afternoon talking about branding, public relations, communications, and opportunities for moving your organization forward.  Registration is $15 on Eventbrite and the flyer is attached:


Herberger’s Community Days Fundraising Opportunity is happening March 1st-3rd this year.  They provide a coupon booklet that you can sell and keep 100% of the proceeds to direct toward mission activities.  Booklets are available for purchase online as well.  Some organizations who have a great network and do this annually have recognized up to $15,000 which is a great addition for any size budget.  For more information go to:


As part of its 30th Anniversary Celebration, and to show the value of older individuals to lead and inspire, Elder Network is recognizing 30 individuals or couples who are over 60 and who are serving as a vital part of our community.  To nominate a senior you would like to recognize, complete the website form:  Nominations are due by March 16th and awards will be announced by March 23rd.  More information is attached.


Rochester Area Volunteer Administrators (RAVA) and 125 Live are co-sponsoring a volunteer fair on April 12th.  Tables are free and the public will be invited to sign up for volunteer opportunities.  If you are seeking new volunteers, here’s your chance to meet those in the community who have an interest in becoming involved!  An informational flyer is attached.


Finally, if you are interested in new ideas or a quick refresher for topics of interest to nonprofits, Nonprofit Jenni offers free access to interviews and content through itunes or blog:  Every offering is free of charge and Jenni provides opportunities for access to free consulting services this year.  Contact for more information.


The rest of the NonProfit Academy lineup this spring includes:

                April 26                 1pm-4pm            Evaluation & Impact For Grants and Projects

                May 3                    1pm-4pm            Conflict Resolution

                May 15                 11am-1pm          Grantmaking Through the Rochester Area Foundation  

                June 21                 1pm-4pm            Financial Considerations For Fund Raising & Special Events


As always, thanks for all of the hard work you do in the community.  Please feel free to give me a call if you have questions or need further information.


Best, Jane


Jane Angelone, Grants Administrator

Rochester Area Foundation

12 Elton Hills Drive NW, Rochester MN 55901

Phone: (507) 282-0203|Fax (507) 282-4938

Direct: (507) 424-2417 |




December Community Networking Group (CNG) Steering Committee Meeting Notes (December 14, 2017)

December Meeting Notes by Sheila 



CNG housing message reframing workgroup (July 31, 2017)

CNG Housing Messaging Workgroup

July 27, 2017 Workgroup Meeting Notes




National Housing Conference Webinar



FrameWorks Institute




CNG Kickoff of Housing Messaging Workgroup

Per the June 22, 2017 CNG meeting, Dee Sabol and Sheila Kiscadan will be leading a workgroup to develop a housing advocay message in a format that follows The FrameWorks Institute guidance. Please contact them if you wish to participate in the workgroup.

Reframing Presentations from June CNG meeting



Wilder Research (July 24, 2017)

Wilder Research Minnesota Compass Announcement

Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) is a key regional advisor of Minnesota Compass, a research-based project that tracks progress and trends on topics such as education, economy and workforce, health, housing, and public safety throughout the state. The goal is to provide data and information for Minnesotans to identify, understand, and act on issues that affect our communities. 

Local Minnesota communities—school boards, city and county planners, community health boards, non-profits, social service agencies, health care organizations, and philanthropy—use Minnesota Compass to guide their work.

 "The information that Minnesota Compass puts together helps us to make data-informed decisions. There are many demographic changes happening in our region, and we're fortunate to have a partner like Minnesota Compass compiling these shifts in an easy-to-use way." -Tim Penny, SMIF President and CEO

 Minnesota Compass is working on providing greater Minnesota communities with more data in an interactive and user-friendly format. This will allow you to custom build and draw demographic, social, and economic data profiles for your community.    

We recently launched tools that allow web visitors to build and draw customized data profiles for areas in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Twin Cities, and Duluth. We are working to expand the tools to all of Minnesota.


Southern MN Listenting Sessions

Give your input about the data and tools you need.

 To make these tools as useful as possible, we are seeking ideas and expertise across the state for how to best develop these data tools for Greater Minnesota. At the session, you can share key issues facing your region, what information you need to address those issues, and recommendations for designing custom data tools for your community.

In collaboration with the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation, Minnesota Compass invites you to participate in a listening session in the southern region.



You can choose to attend one of four sessions in the Southern Region:


  • Historic Hormel House, Austin, MN; Tuesday, August 1 from 9-11 am OR 4-6 pm
  • Rochester Area Foundation, Rochester, MN; Wednesday, August 2 from 9-11 am OR 4-6 pm


RSVP for Austin sessions August 1


RSVP for Rochester sessions August 2




2017 Policy Brief: Incorporating Healthy Community Design Principles into the Rochester Comprehensive Plan (March 01, 2017)

Feb 28, 2017, Message from Pete Giesen, Director, Olmsted County Public Health Services (on behalf of the Olmsted County Public Health Services Advisory Board)

 "As we get closer to the public comment period for the Rochester Comprehensive Plan, I thought I’d pass along the “final” version approved by the Public Health Services Advisory Board.  Content hasn’t changed significantly since last year, but put into a different format (2 documents attached).  Feel free to share with CNG."

2017 Policy Brief

Incorporating Healthy Community Design Principles into the Rochester Comprehensive Plan



Incorporating Healthy Community Design Principles into Community Comprehensive Plans



January 28, 2016 Healthy Community Design Presentation to CNG

Link ==> Olmsted County Public Health, Pete Giesen, presents to CNG regarding health-based policies




City Transit Plan ready for public review (February 23, 2017)

Bryan Law presented the following transit status to CNG's Feb. 23, 2017 meeting.


Bryan Law's Transit Presentation Deck

More info on Planning Website ...

Afterwords from Bryan Law CNG

Thank you for the opportunity to present this morning at the Community Networking Group. I really enjoyed the audience’s engagement, and of course it was encouraging to hear from them that what we are proposing seems to address a lot of the transit needs they have identified.

If anyone at the meeting has further questions, please direct them to me and I will try to answer them. They can also check the Transit Development Plan section of our website (, where they can see the presentation I made today, proposed route maps, and other information. This is also the place to look for dates of upcoming public meetings, hearings, and council meetings having to do with the TDP.


Bryan Law, AICP

Transit Planner | Rochester Public Transit



City of Rochester, MN

Public Works & Transit Operations Center

4300 East River Rd NE | Rochester, MN 55906


CNG's 2016 Transit Work Products

The following is a sample of CNG contributions to Rochester Transit Planning.

TitleDescriptionCreation Date
CNG Agencies Multi-node Support Seeking CNG Agencies Support on Proposed CNG Statement to Rochester City Council on Transit/Transport Plan Jul 28, 2016 08:33 AM
CNG Transportation Survey Report Jennifer Woodford who leads the CNG Transit subgroup took CNG through the Transit Survey results. Result: CNG transit subgroup provided data that reinforces the importance of multi-node transit system. Apr 28, 2016 09:51 PM
Transit Discussions Summary Combining Sheila's notes and Jerome's notes at the meeting Nov 20, 2015 08:45 AM
CNG Agency Client Transit Needs Survey Results Data made available to public sector transportatation planning professionals as they roll up various information sources to feed into their plan document construction. Oct 28, 2015 06:08 AM
Provide social/education sector agency perspectives on clients' transit/transporation needs to City Transit Planners Oct 12, 2015 03:36 PM



Community Networking Group (CNG) January 24, 2017 Meeting - Compass Points Deeper Dive (January 28, 2017)

Community Network Group: 1/24/2017 CNG Meeting Minutes


Agencies represented included:

Rochester Area Foundation ; Bolder Options ; County of Olmsted, MN ; Diversity Council ; IBM On Demand Community ; Legal Assistance of Olmsted County ; Mayo ClinicRochester Public LibraryUnited Way of Olmsted County ; University of Minnisota Rochester ;  Rochester Area Family Y ; Alliance of Chicanos

Community Programs represented included:

Collaborative Leadership Fellow Program, City for Good Education

Agencies/Program Reps couldn't attend due to conflict:

Olmsted County Public Health Services , Otto Bremer Trust , Channel One Regional Food Bank, Minnesota Children's Museum - Rochester


CNG January 24, 2017 Meeting Notes

What and how we can use Olmsted/Rochester Compass Points 2016 to drive community progress?


Compass Points - Deeper Dive

Diversity Council Dee Sabol used the following to trigger conversations on "what does Compass Points" point to next.






Viewpoints from attendees:


1. What's next?

2. Data Analysis: agreement there is a need to make sense of the data to determine which social areas are important and the contributing factors: How affected groups are performing relative to each other? What is the baseline? What is trending? Concern that too general an aggregation may hide underlying subgroup's performance, eg. Asian grouping hides the fact that many subgroups are suffering.

3. Technology Enablement Opportunity: Opportunity to leverage Rochester's high-tech resources such as: IBM Turbo Teams that are working with a number of area non-profits on data collection and analytics. Examples include: 1. IBM Watson big data analysis tools. 2. Cognitive computing technologies 3. Cloud based smarter city solutions in both aggregation as well as disaggregation of data.

4. Data aggregation discussions - what to aggregate and how. Conversations around data feeds from individual sources. Legal and privacy issues? How often collection of data feeds are to occur? A number of this type of agency concerns indicate a potential for "technologists" to hold education or dialogs to hear those concerns as well as to explain the state of the art in data integration schema that can forward anonymous information on measurements while protecting individual identities. Mayo Clinic is a major contributor to open source genomic information sharing research. The Obama administration was active working on open data sharing and warehousing. 

5. Framework for actions: Some concern about inaction if we get bogged down with data collection, metrics prioritization talks. An agile community could do both. Have on-going top-down metrics conversations based on Compass Points or DMC or Community Health while enabling bottom-up efforts that clearly identify their objectives, results and measures.  Top-down and bottom-up when practices with intention and tooling support will avoid in-actions and lead to a meet-in-the-middle operational model.  The webtool is a grass-roots tool to beam up this model.

6. Role of CNG: CNG purpose is networking and info sharing .. Come learn about what's going on and not so much decide what you should do.


Take Away

1. The Y is participating in "Rochester Youth Network" concept .Dawn Lubahn ( has more information. She wants to involve Al on this from team tooling perspective.

2. George Thompson and Al Lun one-on-one after the meeting wondered how we can broadcast the potential of Community Beam as a tool for info sharing and measurements hub. Possibilities include:

- Connected up area higher-ed. The theory is that most innovative communities have an intentional tie-in with universities. (Austin, Boston, Boulder, etc).

- How host a "training" meeting on the navigation, usage and improvement ideas for

3. CNG meets on last Thursday of the month. Next meeting's agenda is Transit Updates. 



What is Compass Points?

PB Op Ed




CNG Releases Compass Points 2016, City of Rochester and Olmsted County (October 27, 2016)

Compass Points 2016: City of Rochester and Olmsted County

Click ==> Full Screen


Compass Points Presentation Slides

Full Screen Link


Press Release



Support for multi-node transit/transportation (August 18, 2016)


To: Community Networking Group Friends

From: CNG Steering Committee

The CNG Steering Committee led by Jerome Ferson, United Way of Olmsted County, would like you to review the following proposed CNG statement regarding the transit/transportation plan and state your organization's support position per the ONLINE POLL by October 1, 2016.





Latest Signatories



CNG advocacy letter to DMCC Board in support of community health design principles. (April 23, 2015)

CNG advocacy letter to DMCC Board in support of community health design principles.



A sample of 2016 Summary of CNG Work Products (January 01, 2015)

Looking back at some of the work products produced by CNG since its inception.



TagsTitleDescriptionCreation Date
('CNG', 'Work Product: DMC', 'work product') DMC Community Conversations Summary Report Draft Final 7 19 14 CNG steering committee keeping a copy of Destination Medical Center's forum conversations summary for possible baseline use. Oct 06, 2014 09:16 PM
('CNG', 'community health', 'work product') CNG Agency Letter to DMCC: Importance of Social Determinants Of Health CNG signatories include: Diversity Council, United Way, Area Foundation, NAMI, Senior Center, Families Services, Y, Olmsted Couty Community Services, Aldrich Nursery, Rochester Public Library, American Cancer Society, Recovery is Happening, Fernbrook Famil Center, CHannel One, Boys and Girls Apr 16, 2015 05:04 PM
('CNG', 'community health', 'work product') Healthy Community Design Principles CNG help elaboration of recommendations from the Olmsted County Public Health Services Advisory Board Incorporating Healthy Community Design Principles into the Rochester Comprehensive Plan to the Olmsted County Community Health Board: Apr 27, 2016 05:48 PM
('CNG', 'dashboard', 'work product') Rochester Olmsted Compass Point 2016 1st Draft of Rochester Olmsted Compass Points (Community Dashboard) - reviewed with CNG large group. Aug 17, 2016 03:27 PM
('CNG', 'dashboard', 'work product') Community Dashboard Contract CNG Steering Committee working with the CNG community at large and funders of community dashboard executed a contract with Wilder Research on producing a community dashboard for Olmsted County. Jun 27, 2016 08:36 AM
('CNG', 'dashboard', 'work product') CNG Request for City Funding for Community Dashboard CNG supporting city funding request for Community Dashboard. Result: Olmsted County and Rochester City both provide funding support to add Public Sector support for this work and supplements social sector funders: United Way and Rochester Area Foundation. Feb 24, 2016 05:53 PM
('CNG', 'dashboard', 'work product') Dashboard Gains/Pains Summary CNG convening an agencies discussion on community dashboard needs that go beyond initial baseline template of 2016. Mar 17, 2016 08:20 PM
('CNG', 'transportation', 'work product') CNG Agency Client Transit Needs Survey Results Data made available to public sector transportatation planning professionals as they roll up various information sources to feed into their plan document construction. Oct 28, 2015 06:08 AM
('CNG', 'transportation', 'work product') CNG Transportation Survey Report Jennifer Woodford who leads the CNG Transit subgroup took CNG through the Transit Survey results. Result: CNG transit subgroup provided data that reinforces the importance of multi-node transit system. Apr 28, 2016 09:51 PM
('CNG', 'workforce', 'work product') Workforce Challenges Survey Results The following is 2016-06-21 results from CNG questions regarding non-profit workforce challenges. Data prep'ed panalists to tailor their talks. Jun 19, 2016 03:17 PM




Site Information
  • 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.
Links to Beam and beam sub-sites: