J2G Newsletter Completes First Year, New Diversity Committee Co-Chair, Regional Video Winner & Other Can't Miss News!
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The J2G Newsletter Completes Year One!
Can you believe it? For a full year you have enjoyed news and updates on important regional topics through the J2G monthly newsletter.  Visit the J2G websites' newsletter page to review the archived newsletters from year 1.  Future editions will be archived on the site as well, so you can always go back and review the milestones in our regional Journey to Growth. 
Get Your Tickets for TEDxZumbroRiver 2017
Tickets for TEDxZumbroRiver 2017 are going FAST! Grab yours HERE. This year’s event will be on May 18th at Autumn Ridge Church, Rochester. The format includes an evening program, featuring 10 energizing speakers. Doors open at 2:30pm for networking and presentations start at 4:00pm. And (back by popular demand) we will have a dinner break with food trucks available! 
RST Breaks Ground on New Customs Facility
Rochester International Airport began construction in April 2017 on their, 20,000 sq. foot customs facility.  The groundbreaking ceremony was held on April 19th with a myriad of community and regional supporters on hand.

"The work goes beyond meeting federal requirements to keep the operation's international status, which would have been stripped without the planned safety and security upgrades." Said Airport Executive Director and J2G co-chair of the Transportation & Communications committee, John Reed.

Read more in this story about the new addition, and it's importance to Rochester, keeping us an international destination. 
WAM - Opening Reception
Thank you to all who attended the kick off reception for the 'We Are More' Traveling Photo Exhibition Tour. Guests enjoyed stunning 4 feet by 6 feet photos on display telling our story and showcasing the rich diversity of the regional economy in Southeast Minnesota.
Pictures from the event can be viewed on the J2G Facebook page. 

"WAM" will continue to tour southeast Minnesota throughout June, 2017. For a complete tour schedule, click HERE 
Sponsored by Augsburg College, Johnson Printing, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine & Science, Riverland Community College and Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation.
Diversity & Inclusion Committee Welcomes New Co-Chair - Rebeca Sadarski
A little bit about me...
I was born and raised in Mazatlán, México. I graduated from Winona State University and the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey in Monterrey, México with a Business Administration major and Tourism minor.  My family and I have lived in Rochester for the past 26 years. I have been working with diverse communities for the past 7 years through my work with the Minnesota Council on Latino Affairs (MCLA), formerly known as the Chicano Latino Affairs Council (CLAC). 

Why do you volunteer your time with J2G?
I believe that if we work together we can achieve greater things. J2G has given me the opportunity to know people and the issues that are key to our region. It is amazing to see how we all work to help one another! I have been volunteering in the Economic, Workforce Development and Diversity & Inclusion journeys and have met incredible people doing incredible things. 
Why did you take on this additional leadership role?
First of all, I am honored to have been asked to co-chair the Diversity & Inclusion Committee alongside Barbara Jordan. She is such an amazing woman and feel blessed to be working alongside her!! I accepted this role because I want to be an active participant in making changes and I believe if our region truly embraces diversity and inclusion, we need to  it in actions, not in words! I want the residents of this region to know that we care about all of them and that the work they do is very important to our regional economy. We cannot attract, retain and expand businesses, workforce and entrepreneurship if people do not feel included or embrace diversity. I know we can do it! Yes we can!
Regional Video Project - And the WINNER is...
Journey to Growth is excited to announce Owatonna High School senior Jay Sullivan has been selected as the winner of the 2017 "Our Town" Regional Video contest. Along with bragging rights and accolades, Sullivan received a $1,000 award and job shadow opportunity this summer with KTTC/Fox 47 Creative Services Department. 

The competition was developed by J2G's Regional Committee to help promote a unified message about the southeast Minnesota region through the use of two-minute videos. 

Thank you to everyone who contributed time to share their unique stories. You can view all of the great submissions received on the J2G regional video webpage

Congratulations to the
City of Owatonna for their winning submission!

The project was made possible by a grant by the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) and in partnership with Southeast Minnesota Together. Judges for the project were video production professionals, Mike Seaberg, co-owner of SeeMe Productions and Donny Rowles, owner of Hey! Original Storytelling.
SAVE THE DATE - J2G Biannual Meeting
We're halfway through our five year plan! Join us for our next quarterly meeting. Learn about the exciting projects, latest developments, network with your regional peers and tour the new Mayo Civic Center!
Date: June 21st , 2017
Time: 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM CDT
At: Rochester Art Center

Registration to follow!
 Calling all youth!
Camp Explore is waiting for you…


Make some time in July for Camp Explore! Camp Explore is a week-long Residential Camp at Winona State University,  offering high school students hands-on, engaging activities to help them explore the many different STEM-industry careers available to them in key industry sectors. 

Participants will be introduced to multiple career opportunities in the science fields. The camp is organized by the Minnesota State Centers of Excellence (Agriculture, IT, Transportation, Healthcare, Energy, and Manufacturing/Engineering), and students are taken to local businesses such as Watlow, Miller Ingenuity, and CHS.

Visit their website to learn more and REGISTER.

Uniquely Minnesota - Spring Things To Do
  • When the nights are cold and the days get warm, it’s the ideal time to tap maple trees. MN State Parks and nature centers offer maple syrup tapping events, pancake breakfasts and other maple activities. 
  • Drive the 17-mile Apple Blossom Scenic Drive. Pass through the towns of La Crescent and Nodine. The area is home to many of the state’s top apple orchards, and the trees will be in full bloom in the spring.
  • According to the Minnesota DNR, the state sees three waves of spring migration of birds. Nearly 40 percent arrive via the Mississippi River. Overlooks and state parks or wildlife refuges along Highway 61, from Red Wing to Winona, are prime locations. While many eagles winter along the Mississippi River in southeast Minnesota, they are joined by others returning from the south in the spring. Head to the National Eagle Center in Wabasha to watch the reunion! 
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