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Link PB: Winona YMCA to move
WINONA — Key stakeholders in the Winona Family YMCA community gathered Thursday night to hear what has long been rumored: It's time for the Winona YMCA to move. Derek Madsen, chief executive officer of the Winona YMCA, said the capital campaign's silent phase is officially over, and it is time to let those connected with the YMCA and the community as a whole in on the secret. "We've raised about $9 million, and we're moving to a goal of $13 million," he said. Additionally, the YMCA has a soft commitment for another $2.52 million for a total of more than $11.5 million. "This has been Winona's worst-kept secret for the last couple of years," said Ken Mogren, a member of the fundraising committee. "We've raised enough to consider it a go
Link PB: Tina Smith and Ardell Brede: Destination Medical Center efforts continue growing
Nearly a year ago, the Destination Medical Center Corp. Board adopted the DMC development plan, a comprehensive plan designed to leverage decades of innovation and medical advancement to secure Rochester as the world's premier health destination with a thriving local community. We've accomplished a lot over a short time period. Rochester has experienced $152.4 million in private investments in the designated DMC districts since mid-2013. We've built the project pipeline and driven local, national and global awareness of the opportunities in Rochester.
Link PB View: Joint DMC meeting has potential
Thursday, DMCC Board Member and former Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak said he'd like a chance to ask the council to address transportation issues, and during a meeting earlier in the week Rochester council members voiced a desire for more input from the DMCC Board. As Rybak noted, a joint meeting offers a chance to move forward and make sure both bodies are headed in the same direction. "If we get this right, in the next six months we will all know what our roles are and what our values are," he said.
Link application/vnd.wolfram.mathematica.package 10 things to know about the Rochester schools referendum
The Rochester school district is seeking $9.61 million a year over a ten-year period to deal with a $3.8 million deficit in the 2016-17 school year and a $4.5 million deficit in the 2017-18 school year.
Link PB's Randy Petersen: Answer a challenge to help face new challenges
The first In the Shadow of Growth forum organized by the Justice and Peace Committee of the Congregational Church United Church of Christ sparked my interest. I attended that event specifically to hear reports regarding expected community impacts. While reports from Cheryl Jacobson of the Olmsted County Housing Redevelopment Authority, Major Jim Fye of the Salvation Army and others provided useful information, the responses from the audience were just as interesting.
Link C header PB: Grassroots group plans for Rochester's growth
A grassroots organization aimed at keeping public attention on Rochester's growing community needs met Thursday at St. Francis of Assisi Church to set the group's priorities. The In The Shadow of Growth group's second meeting drew more than 100 people. Rochester resident Dave Beal moderated the event, emphasizing the group was not focused on or opposed to the city's Destination Medical Center initiative. Instead, he said the group wants to make sure all needs are addressed as the city grows.
Link Post Bulletin Our View: DMC changes aren't always large scale
Sen. Carla Nelson thought it would have been easier. The Rochester Republican said she thought changing local regulations to provide oversight for small lodging houses created specifically for patients and their families would be an easy fix. Certainly, it didn't need state legislation.
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Councilman Michael Wojcik Comments to DMC pertaining to Affordable Housing (February 15, 2019)

Here are 6 comments / Suggestions that that Councilman Wojcik sent do the DMC EDA and Board pertaining to how DMC can have a positive impact on the affordability of housing in the district and beyond.

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Bloom Reconsiders Second Phases of Riverfront Project (February 08, 2019)

"Bloom International Realty may be rethinking plans to build the second phase of its $230 million riverfront development in downtown Rochester.

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History Center to present Traveling While Black (February 02, 2019)

The “Traveling While Black” exhibit being developed by the History Center of Olmsted County will chronicle the challenges faced by black motorists prior to the passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964.

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Race Exhibit Returns to Rochester (January 28, 2019)

Updates from Tony Williams, Science Museum of Minnesota

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Affordable Housing Proposal (January 17, 2019)

The City of Rochester is looking to have up to 10 floors of housing constructed on top of a brand new 650 unit parking ramp.

This is in both a targeted census tract, an opportunity zone and a couple blocks from the Mayo Clinic. The city spent an addition $500k to ensure footings could serve up to 10 addition levels of housing.

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Rochester Area Volunteer Meeting Calendar (January 14, 2019)

2019 Meeting Calendar and List of agencies participated in April 12, 2018 Community Volunteer Fair.

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City of Rochester Vision, Principles and Priorities (January 14, 2019)

City Council COW was shown this Rochester Vision Document. 

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Open Beam: A "For Purpose" Entity Enterprise (January 12, 2019)

OpenBeam (being evolved by Al Lun and Erik Lundquist) is exploring to use the PowerShift extension of Holacracy to build out a for-purpose organization that features radically transparent organizational structure designed to be devoid of traditional territorial, ego-centric, command-and-control bureaucratic structure. 

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Rochester City Transit Development Plan References (January 02, 2019)

Found the following links on Rochester City Website.  The City of Rochester is conducting four integrated transit studies to refine the concepts identified in the DMC Plan.

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