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Transparency, Accountability, Responsiveness and Process-centricity (TARP) are important attributes to making community progress. This home-grown portal aims to build, enable, activate, model (beam) the TARP attributes onto the DMC project so that we have a healthy and inclusive community where opportunity and responsibility are broadly shared. The information here is extracted from publicly available sources.

Discovery Square

Discovery Square Related Status

Heart of the City

Heart of the City Related Status

All Economic Development

Economic Development Related Organizations
53 Organizations(s) registered, shown in alphabetical order

Economic Development Related Projects

Economic Development Related Status

DMC Status/News

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April 29, 2018 DMC: Online DMC Dashboard Available

Per DMC Newsletter: "DMC is moving fast. We want to keep you up-to-speed with all the exciting changes happening in the DMC District, so we've created a new way to publicly share the initiative's momentum with a click of a button. Introducing the DMC Metrics Dashboard."

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April 04, 2018 PB: DMC: Days of Discovery

PB special reporting on DMC status.

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December 12, 2017 DMC EDA: November 2017 DMC Dashboard

YE 2017 DMC Metrics per Nov. 2, 2017 DMCC Board Meeting.

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November 06, 2017 PB: Groundbreaking Building 1 Discovery Square

The building will be the first of several science and research complexes that could total up to 2 million square feet in the 16-block Discovery Square area.

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November 04, 2017 PB: DMCC approves $22M in capitral improvement projects for 2018

While the DMC EDA budget will rise from $3.5 million this year to more than $3.7 million next year, the city will contribute $122,000 less and Mayo Clinic's contribution will increase by $337,000.

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Misc Community Status

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Host Families for UMR Global Connections Community (May 24, 2018)

  UMR is looking for Culture Host Families to build a Global Connections Community.

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

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

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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Rochester Area Volunteer Fair 2018 (May 09, 2018)

List of agencies participated in April 12, 2018 Community Volunteer Fair.

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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.

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Online DMC Dashboard Available (April 29, 2018)

Per DMC Newsletter: "DMC is moving fast. We want to keep you up-to-speed with all the exciting changes happening in the DMC District, so we've created a new way to publicly share the initiative's momentum with a click of a button. Introducing the DMC Metrics Dashboard."

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CNG Steering Committee Members Letter to Rochester City Council and Mayor (April 01, 2018)

CNG Steering Committee members have sent to each member of the council, the mayor, and the city administrator the following letter that supports the inclusion of the core principles of health and wellness, as well as social equity and environmental justice. 

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Community Status/News
Explanation

Public comments that voice educated positions on the status of DMC.

Good intention should be backed up by good process

I am aware that the various anchor initiatives in Rochester have similar goals and that the organizations/teams driving these initiatives have great intention to collaborate.  I am also familiar with the difficulty of teaming and collaboration. That's why alignment of goals, indicators, strategies and measurements is highly valued in best-practices such as Lean 6 Sigma.  While leaders of the various organizations and projects have publicly declared their commitment and intentions to collaborate and to align goals, efforts and measurements. 

Beyond the rhetoric, where is the "beef"?

October 04, 2015 openBEAM.net: Read more

Follow the DMC Information Technology Budget Money

If I were a few years younger and had more ambition to prove there is money to be made in IT solutions: cloud computing, big data, knowledge management. And if I had the bandwidth in selling and marketing products and services, I would look into the DMC IT infrastructure's scalability and reach. 

I would pay close attention to the 2016 DMC EDA budget lines to do with IT, which is casually referred to as server and maintenance contract, website design. The fact is there is a general set of community enablement IT needs that require more thorough review and applying concepts such as data integration, real time aggregation, business process enablement.

September 23, 2015 openBEAM.net: Read more

Paul Wilson: Why there is a need for the HRA levy

 

Our community has long recognized the need for safe, decent, affordable housing options. Olmsted County's housing market is working well for renters and home buyers with higher incomes, but there is a crisis of need for people with moderate or limited incomes who are seeking affordable rental or for-sale housing.

August 08, 2015 Post Bulletin: Read more

A curious of way to report progress and status -- how much of the 2.8 million has been spent?

In the July 2015 DMCC Board meeting, the project manager in me at first was glad to see a succinct template being used to report progress to the DMCC Board and the public. 

Then I looked at the report template a little closer and noticed its rather unusual way of reporting project progress.

Rather than reporting on milestones, deliverables and schedule in the form of project management 101's  work breakdown structure, it shows progress in terms of how much money is being spent on each of the major tasks--as if spending money is equivalent to progress made and objectives met. 

 

August 03, 2015 dmcBEAM: Read more

Construction site diversity needs watchdogs

"People are watching," said community advocate Jackie Johnson last week during a meeting with local lawmakers. Hosted by the newly renamed Council on Minnesotans of African Heritage, the conversation shifted from equality in grant funding and housing to employment opportunities.

"We haven't seen minorities out there working," Johnson said while discussing the issue at the city-county Government Center, which seems nearly surrounded by construction as Olmsted County courthouse and Mayo Civic Center renovations continue.

July 27, 2015 Post Bulletin: Read more

More indications that a systems approch to acheive growth is required

We all know that within Rochester, DMC is a real big deal. And one of its components is to build out the Education District of UMR. The recent article on PB showing a troubling trend of enrollment decline is another reminder there is fragility in one component within the system. In dealing with fragility, you can either let the component itself solve its problem, in this case, have UMR on its own address some of the issues such as student recruitment pool expanding to larger scope.  Or, have a systems approach of mobilizing the DMC-global market reach vision to have a bigger impact on the attractiveness of UMR.  

July 11, 2015 dmcBEAM: Read more

Can social agencies keep pace with DMC growth?

"The social services discussion of this expansion is still in the 'early stages.' That is unacceptable. It needs to be considered now....We have to protect against this indifference," Olmsted County District Judge Kevin Lund said.

June 18, 2015 Post Bulletin: Read more

Al Depman: Affordable housing czar can address growing need

Our czar/advocate can keep the public abreast of the progress of the DMC, EDA, J2G and Rochester's future comprehensive plan, while monitoring private development initiatives via city council and county board decisions. Findings can be reported to us via the Post-Bulletin and other local media on a regular basis.

June 16, 2015 Post Bulletin: Read more

DMC administrative costs need to be revisited to lessen burden on taxpayers

 

... in the May 23 Post-Bulletin that Destination Medical Center administrative costs are projected to be "about $21 million over the next five years" with Mayo expected to chip in $585,000 per year toward those costs. It is shocking that the administrative costs will be $4.2 million each year. This amount of administration seems enormous.

June 01, 2015 Post Bulletin: Read more