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Last modified: March 15, 2022




(1) MPR Rochester Events/News (2) In Focus is a series of convenings we are committed to leading on Minnesota’s persistent racial disparities.



Rochester Advisory Council Meetings


Spring 2022 Meeting



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MPR Highlights


In Focus


In Focus is a series of convenings we are committed to leading on Minnesota’s persistent racial disparities. Through conversations with community leaders that are shaped by our curious, engaged audience, we hope to encourage new connections and relationships that will help Minnesota communities make progress toward equity and inclusion.

Continue these conversations and start new ones by joining our Facebook group. There we’ll be hosting conversations before, after and during the live events, as well as sharing personal experiences and questions.

In Focus Project Page

In Focus: BIPOC businesses’ Inclusion in the Minnesota economy

In Focus: Sustainability in Indian Country

In Focus: Learning in the Time of Covid

In Focus: Equity in Education

In Focus: Stopping anti-Asian American hate in Minnesota

In Focus: A trial and Minnesota’s search for equity and healing

In Focus: Locked out – The path from incarceration to inclusion

In Focus: Disparities and distrust in BIPOC health care

Call to Mind presents MPR News In Focus: Black youth resilience in Minnesota

In Focus: Racism in housing access

Spotlight on the future of policing

Spotlight on Black trauma and policing


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Project Phase Definitions
The following defines the various project phases:
  1. Available - a product, program or service is in production
  2. Develop - program or application is being developed
  3. Plan - idea is solid, stakeholders are identified, and there is strong commitment to go forward from all parties.
  4. Concept Phase - idea scoped out with enough details to give an early sizing and/or to build a proof of concept
  5. Pre-concept Phase - an early idea or a requirement.
About Beam
  • For the commercial sector, we tend to register startup activities (new companies and new commercial projects) that bring diversification and high-impact opportunities to the area.
  • 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 will encourage cross-sector collaborations and creative solutions.

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

Links to Beam sub-sites 
Sample of Beam sub-sites: