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Place Maker | DMC Urban Prototyping

Beam Project Type:     Project in Develop Phase

DMC has been working with Rochester Downtown Alliance and Rochester Art Center on a new program concept for Rochester called PlaceMaker|Rochester Prototyping Festival. Prototyping is a business strategy used in other industries and is now being applied to city development. This is a year-long initiative that began in January and will conclude with a final report and analysis in December, punctuated by numerous public events and activities, the most visible of which is the Sept 15-17 public display of project installations held in conjunction with Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation’s Transform Conference.

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Level 1: Arts & Culture ; Civic Engagement ; Networking ; Vision/Identity

Level 2: Civic Engagement ; Hangout

DMC: Learning Environment

Community Health:


Lead Organization: DMC EDA

Confirmed Collaborators: DMC EDA ; Rochester Arts Center ; Rochester Downtown Alliance

Potential Collaborators:

Status Reports Related PlanScape Status on: Arts & Culture, Civic Engagement, Networking, Vision/Identity

March 12, 2018: Olmsted County, MN Community Health Improvement 1Q 2018 and 3Q 2017 Status

March 2018 Status; September News 2017 (Including September meeting agenda and June meeting minutes).

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January 30, 2018: 2018 County Board Goals

At the Jan. CNG Meeting, Heidi Welsh presented the following 2018 Goals

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January 10, 2018: Greater Rochester Non-Profit Partners (GRNPP) Formal Alliance Proposal

A number of members of the Greater Rochester Non-Profit Partners (GRNPP) are proposing a formal alliance framework.

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December 24, 2017: Rochester A City of Compassion Steering Committee 2017 Status Report

Year end report on status and what to look forward to ...  "as Mary Alessio of the Locks of Compassion Project declares “Compassion is rippling throughout our community”

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November 04, 2017: 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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October 16, 2017: 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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October 09, 2017: Taylor Arena Replacement

Discussion of a proposed arena project connected to Mayo Civic Center will continue Tuesday.

The Mayo Civic Center Commission will hear a presentation from London-based PricewaterhouseCoopers regarding an analysis of a proposed sport and entertainment arena to replace Taylor Arena.

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October 05, 2017: Journey of Peace 2017 Planning Workgroup

Agenda outline for the October event, August 23 Meeting Agenda and May 24 meeting notes.

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Last modified by allnode on 2016/12/29
Created by allnode on 2016/06/26

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  • 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 Cbeam will encourage cross-sector collaborations and creative solutions.

While there are a number of registries in the community, Cbeam'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 relevancies 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. Cbeam could be an interesting first step.

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  5. Pre-concept Phase - an early idea or a requirement.
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