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J2G D&I Committee Projects Status and News

The following projects are being advanced by the group in order to:

a. Increase awareness and utilization of existing diversity resources
b. Formalize dialog and outreach to foster greater community inclusion
c. Assess the need to create community centers with on-site services that meet the needs of specific ethnic and cultural constituencies

Diversity in Business Resources

Diversity in Business Resource (DIBR Registry)

Archive Description

An electronically formatted resource to provide information and contacts targeting diverse individuals interested in starting a business in our J2G region

Strategies (How)

Work with Diversity Council, openBEAM.net IT and other groups to design and build this electronic registry in accordance to the evolving design specification.

Results (Work Products)

Minority groups have better access to business startup opportunities

Status/News

July 06, 2017 openBEAM.net: Diversity in Business Resource (DIBR Registry)

In June J2G D/I Committee meeting, though Al Lun has built a prototype, decision was made to connect with J2G board for its guidance on the future of this project.

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May 16, 2016 openBEAM.net: Diversity Council and openBEAM.net to discuss taking the DIBR work forward

In the April 25 J2G D&I meeting, it was determined since the diversity/inclusion resources registry concept fits the mssion of Diversity Council, Dee Sabol and Al Lun will discuss how Diversity Council as J2G D&I implementation agent may take the registry work forward.

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February 22, 2016 TBD: Diversity in Business Resource Search Prototype

I am building a more specific search portal that aims to enable business people to discover what diversity/inclusion programs and resources exist in the Rochester Area.

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December 08, 2015 openBEAM.net: Diversity in Business Resource - what is it exactly?

Al Lun's starting a conversation and a document to specify the requirements of DIBR.

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November 23, 2015 openBEAM.net: Meeting Summary on how to proceed on Journey to Growth's Diversity in Business Resource Project

Duane Saulk, ReMax Rochester, Minn.Al Lun met with Duane Sauke, co-chair, Journey to Growth Diversity/Inclusion Committee,  on 2015-10-27 to exchange ideas on how to proceed with the Diversity Beam to implement the online diversity assets resource (DBR) concept. How does Diversity Beam work? Duane will touch upon our discussions at the next J2G D&I meeting.

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August 03, 2015 TBD: A review of past conversations on DIBR

I made this presentation to J2G D&I team several months ago. Like many past presentations I have made to similar audience, it is uncertain how much of the information I wanted to impart hit home.

I have since grown accustomed to this unknowing nature of technical knowledge sharing with members who have different backgrounds, different needs.

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Intercultural Cities Initiative (ICI)

Intercultural Cities Initiative (ICI)

Develop Description

The Intercultural City Initiative is a bold effort on the part of a wide variety of organizations and individuals to align the collective power, creativity, expertise, and energy of our cities toward a future of inclusive growth. Inspired by the comprehensive and coordinated approach of the Council of Europe Intercultural City program, Minnesota’s Intercultural City Initiative is focused on using high leverage influence strategies to realize this future faster.

Status/News

June 15, 2018 openBeam.net: Mayor Brede signed ICI pledge

On Wednesday, June 13th, 2018 at 11:00 am, the Journey to Growth team, the City of Rochester and citizens of Rochester will gather in the City Hall Atrium for a special Signing Ceremony, designating Rochester as the first U.S. City to join the Council of Europe’s ICI (Intercultural Cities Initiative) program.

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December 08, 2015 DS: Intercultural Cities Initiative (ICI): Getting the mayor to buy in.

Met with mayor Brede and Randy Staver to discuss city participation and support

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We are More

We are More

Archive Description

A visual display of the economic and human diversity that comprises the 8 county J2G region. Theme: "We are More" Develop a showcase collage of pictures from communities and cultures highlighting regional locations and sources. Use the model similar to the "Race Exhibit"

Status/News

July 06, 2017 TBD: We are More

WAM final exhibit took place in June at Mayo Clinic.

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April 13, 2016 PB: Update at J2G April Meeting

We Are More traveling art exhibit

Ian Mwangi updated the audience on a proposed new photography exhibit, which will help display the area's diversity.

"We want to show that we are more inclusive," he said.

To do that, they are reaching out to professional and amateur photographers to submit photos showing that inclusiveness. The committee will chose the photos that best depict "economic diversity and inclusivity."

The resulting photo exhibit, We are More" will then tour the region in late 2016.

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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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