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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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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

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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.

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

                November 17, 2018: Race Exhibit 2018

                Reviving 2009 Race Exhibit in a condensed version.

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                November 12, 2018: Diversity Council newsmaker

                A sample of Diversity Council community engagement activities.

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                October 16, 2018: Cradle to Career publishes community report

                Cradle to Career published Community Report and recruiting Collaborative Action Network (CAN) conveners for Kindergarten Readiness and On-Time Graduation.

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                October 04, 2018: 6 Crtical Components for Discovery Square

                Presented to DMCC Board in its September 2018 board meeting.


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                September 27, 2018: Indian Health Service Career Positions

                Indian health programs are seeking health care professionals who are passionate about practicing within a unique, interdisciplinary team-based environment and one that embraces its mission.

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                September 19, 2018: November 2017 DMC Dashboard

                September 2018 DMCC Board Meeting, YE 2017 DMC Metrics per Nov. 2, 2017 DMCC Board Meeting.

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                September 16, 2018: Agreement with Minnesota Department of Human RIghts

                RPS, ISD 535, entered into collaboration agreement with MDHR.

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                August 08, 2018: Riverfront project gets first nod per Post Bulletin 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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                Last modified by allnode on 2018/11/24
                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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