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In City for Good (In the Shadow of Growth)

Beam Project Type: Planning Project in Plan Phase

City for Good is coalition of eight Action Groups addressing deficiencies in the DMC plan: Living Wages, Transportation, Affordable Housing, Sustainability, Social Services, Education, Social Justice and Historic Preservation.

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City for Good is coalition of eight Action Groups addressing deficiencies in the DMC plan: Living Wages, Transportation, Affordable Housing, Sustainability, Social Services, Education, Social Justice and Historic Preservation.

History: Start of Shadow- In- the-City-for-Good
During the spring of 2015, DMC was holding its final hearings.  At about the same time Major Jim Frye from the Salvation Army had spoken with the Rochester Area Interfaith Leaders about his concerns related to DMC and how the Salvation Army’s community service buildings were not on the DMC map.  Such services are critical services and many issues were raised regarding accessibility and the impact on social services by DMC. 
These concerns were brought back to the Justice and Peace Ministry Team of Congregational Church UCC.  After discussion, the team decided to appear before the final DMC meeting asking for a social impact statement, and they made plans for what would be the first In the Shadow of Growth Forums on June 17, 2015.  Presenters were individuals from the community services area.  With approximately 120 concerned community members in attendance, it was felt that a second forum would be held to gauge from those community members to see what direction the group would  be from there.
So, a community group had started.  In the meantime, several downtown church leaders had been meeting about the same issues.  There group was called In the City for Good.  The steering committee for the Forums met and chose to take on that name.
There are eight Action groups working with the issues of Living Wages, Transportation, Affordable Housing, Sustainability, Social Services, Education, Social Justice and Historic Preservation. 

Impacts

PlanScape

Level 1: Civic Engagement ; Diversity and Inclusion ; Income ; Neighborhood ; Special Needs ; Sustainability

Level 2:

DMC: Livable City

Community Health: Mental Health

Status Reports Related PlanScape Status on: Civic Engagement, Diversity and Inclusion, Income, Neighborhood, Special Needs, Sustainability

March 18, 2018 openBeam.net: March 2018 In City for Good community forum

March 2018 presentation to City for Good by Olmsted County Administrator

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October 16, 2017 openBEAM.net: In the Shadow of Growth Forum: Pathways to Prosperity and Well-being

At the October 5 C4G forum, Paul Flesinner talked about a national pilot project to stop generational poverty and what we need to do within the current system to accomplish this now.

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December 12, 2018: History Center to present Traveling While Black

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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December 11, 2018: Community for Health Workgroup Log

DMC EDA initiated Community For Health group effort notes.

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November 17, 2018: Race Exhibit 2018

Reviving 2009 Race Exhibit in a condensed version.

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November 17, 2018: Kiwanis Club of Rochester 4Q 2018 Community Services

These are some of the volunteering activities that we participated in.

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November 12, 2018: Diversity Council newsmaker

A sample of Diversity Council community engagement activities.

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October 30, 2018: Journey of Peace: Voice of Hope Keynote Speech

At the November 2018 JoP event, speech by Judge Kevin Lund that calls for in service of hope for those less fortunate that us. 

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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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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 16, 2018: Agreement with Minnesota Department of Human RIghts

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

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July 30, 2018: Closing referral disparities (resolution agreement with Office of Civil Rights)

July 18, 2018 Commissioner Lindsey of the MN Department of Human Rights Forum with Rochester Community.

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July 11, 2018: Prosperity Initiative

2018-07-011

Minority Business Conference hosted by SBDC, Diversity Council and Prosperity Initiative

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June 22, 2018: Olmsted County, MN Community Health Improvement

Recruiting members to join Community Engagement Workgroup.

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Last modified by allnode on 2018/06/14
Created by allnode on 2015/09/30

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