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We build this website to help create a healthy and inclusive community where opportunity and responsibility are broadly shared. Except for a small number of collaboration sub-sites built to enable private virtual teaming for non-profits, the site has no official affiliations with other organizations. The information contained here is obtained from various public sites and sources. Its goal is to show that Transparency, Accountability, Responsiveness and Process-centric (TARP) attributes of a community can be "beamed (Built, Enabled, Activated and Modeled)" into existence from a grass-roots level.

As we build out the site, we hope to awaken in the community an epiphany and a realization that a resilient community should have the vision and aspiration to develop and operate with interlocking processes and investments to allow public, economic and social development systems to complement each other so that collaboration is by design and not chance-encounter (or by luck).

Latest Beam Activities

Projects Tracker (tracking all the projects that OpenBeam.net touches)

The following projects have noteworthy updates:

COVID-19 Beam Subsite to share news and info

2020-03-18

Build Facebook page for Pandemics Responders

2020-03-26

Expand Community for Health to include Lifestyle Sustainability Ecosystem

2020-02-22

Cultural and Economic Exchange with expats from Asia and Africa

2019-12-01

Community Beam has the following sub-sites:

 

Community Networking Center

A sub-site of dmcBEAM, the Community Network Center (CNC) aims to provide "continuous communication" for Community Networking Group (CNG) to increase awareness and understanding of public, private, non-profit organizations' plans and needs so that individually and collectively we will be more effective in carrying out our mission of serving the community. 

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Grass Roots Pilot Sites

We are also hosting the following websites to support some of our area's grass-root initiatives:


Open Beam

BEAM (aka openBeam) is about leveraging Web 2.0 and cloud computing to build technology capacities to serve the community.

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Nonprofit Consortium

 

 


 

In the City for Good

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Education Beam

A Beam subsite that captures Rochester area's efforts to improve K-12 education outcomes. Projects such as RPS's strategic plan, area's Cradle to Career collective impact project and grass roots participation in RPS's community engagement effort. The subsite offers a layered navigation into these currently disjoint efforts with the hope to beam up system level coordination.

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Diversity Beam

D&I Beam openBEAM.net in collaboration with Journey to Growth's Diversity/Inclusion Committee is "beaming" up this portal to showcase projects and organizations that aim to improve the well-being conditions of minority groups. Statistics such as those curated by Minnesota Compass tell us there are significant education and earning gaps in non-white populations across Minnesota. With projected workforce shortage and demographics trend, these gaps cannot persist if our region is to realize the Destination Medical Center (DMC) objectives and other overarching wellness aspirations.

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Social Justice Coalition

Establishing a coalition of organizations with shared intention to advance the rights of all people in the region, convening around the desire to build awareness and collaboration, act in solidarity, and help one another achieve goals and missions.

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Misc Websites

Kiwanis Rochester

"Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers, dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time."

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Dashboard Beam

Dashboard Dashboard Beam: Various anchor initiatives in Rochester have overlapping goals and that the organizations/teams driving these initiatives have great intention to collaborate. And the difficulty of teaming and collaboration among large scale projects is well-known though seldom receives serious discussions. That's why alignment of goals, indicators, strategies and measurements is highly valued in best-practices such as Lean 6 Sigma.

However, a rigid top-down approach which says everything has to be lined up before actions take place is not practical in our matrix world. What we champion is "beaming up" transparency, accountability, responsiveness and process-centric disciplines by leveraging technology to allow side-by-side visibility of various projects. This portal demonstrates how it could be done. Focused areas include: Disparities, Education, Housing, Economy, Workforce Development, and Health

DC3 Beam

Started in 2009 by Diversity Council Board IT Taskforce to enable Diversity Council stakeholders to collaborate online, DC3 Version 2 (DC Beam) aims to continue to facilitate DC intranet collaboration as well as to explore connection potentials with various community anchor projects/organizations hosted on openBEAM.net's BEAM cloud.  

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Community Health Beam

A prototype portal that shows how virtual teaming for a "Community for Health" can be facilitated.

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DMC Document Portal

dmc docDMC Doc Beam is a "home-grown" portal that aims to build, enable, activate, model (beam) the TARP (transparency, accountability, responsiveness, process-centric) attributes onto the DMC Project.

Go there to read DMC documents and check status.

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Transportation Beam

transitEfficient, cost-effective transportation in SE Minnesota is crucial to its growth. We are building out this portal to demonstrate how technology can beam up (Build Enable Activate Model) transparency, accountability, responsiveness and project/process-centric execution of individual transportation plans, and to point out the need to have a systematic approach involving multiple public, private partnerships (PPP) to harmonize the various efforts.

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Y Beam

ylogo Offered in partnership from openBEAM.net IT group, YCC is a subsite of dmcbeam.org which aims to make the Rochester-area more connected and collaborative to better share the journey to grow a healthy and prosperous community.

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Community Status/News

Diversity Council March Latest Newsletter with COVID-19 Info (April 01, 2020)

In light of all that is going on throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Diversity Council wants to remain a connector and convener for all those in need throughout our community. If you are aware of valuable information and resources, please email info@diversitycouncil.org and we will do our best to increase awareness.

If you have needs to express as an individual or member of a particular community, please reach out to info@diversitycouncil.org. Diversity Council is willing and happy to hear your concerns and connect you with the correct resources.

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City of Rochester Supporting Local Businesses ( In English and Khmer) (April 01, 2020)

 

  • NEW Options for deferment of liquor license renewal payments
  • New Municipal parking ramps
  • COVID‐19 Emergency Economic Development Loans
  • On‐street parking

 

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Steps To Inspire Generosity (March 31, 2020)

Minnesota Discovery Recovery Fund issues first grants. 

Investing in community-led solutions: supporting our nonprofit partners

Advocating for equity: Standing with our AAPI community

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Community Service Officers and Cub Foods Partnership (March 31, 2020)

March 31, 2020 – Rochester, Minnesota – The Rochester Police Department’s Community Service Officers (CSO) and Cub Foods have developed a unique partnership to help the at-risk and elderly residents of Rochester.

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Video production partnership between RNeighbors, the Rochester Neighborhood Resource Center and Mayor Norton’s office. (March 31, 2020)

 A video production partnership between RNeighbors, the Rochester Neighborhood Resource Center and Mayor Norton’s office.

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Rochester-Area Economic Development Inc (RAEDI) Loan News (March 31, 2020)

News forwarded by RAEDI: The State of MN’s Small Business Emergency Loan Program is now accepting applications.

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Important Update on Applying for Unemployment Insurance Benefits (March 30, 2020)

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Minnesota's Unemployment Insurance team members are processing more applications for unemployment benefits than ever before. It is our top priority to process applications efficiently and effectively, and to ensure that we can deliver for Minnesotans in this time of need.

To ensure our system can handle the increased activity we are experiencing, we are asking that *new* unemployment insurance applicants apply online on an assigned day, based on your social security number (SSN).

If you need to apply for unemployment benefits for the first time, please refer to the schedule below to learn when you are scheduled to apply. You will only be allowed to apply on your assigned day - or on Thursday or Friday if you missed your assigned day.

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Family Service Rochester implements COVID-19 Grocery Shopping Service (March 27, 2020)

Family Service Rochester implements COVID-19 Grocery Shopping Service

Olmsted County residents who are homebound and unable to shop for groceries can contact Family Service Rochester for help. FSR will match requests with a volunteer to assist with shopping.
Requests can be submitted online at familyservicerochester.org or by calling 507-218-3267 between 9 am – 3 pm. All volunteers have background checks and COVID-19 screening for health and
safety.
 
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Governor Tim Walz Press Conference Summary (March 27, 2020)

Governor Tim Walz today joined leaders from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), Department of Employment and Economic Development, Department of Education, and the State Emergency Operations Center to answer questions from the press on the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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DMCC Executive Committee Topics including COVID-19 Handling (March 26, 2020)

2020-03-26 DMCC Executive Committee Meeting materials including discussions on COVID-19 handling. 

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