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Finalists announced in "Name Our Region" contest

Three candidates to rebrand southeastern Minnesota.

Posted: May. 15, 2018 10:22 AM

ROCHESTER, Minn. – A contest to give southeastern Minnesota a new name is down to three finalists.

The “Name Our Region” competition is being put on by Journey to Growth (J2G), a joint effort by Rochester Area Economic Development and the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce. Over 90 suggestions were submitted online in March and April and a judging panel of 40 people have whittled it down to three candidates:

“South by Southeast (SXSE)”

“Innovation Valley: Where Great Ideas Grow”

“Venture Southeast Minnesota”

“We have a lot of creative talent in our region and it’s been exciting to see so many people participating in the contest,” says Jennifer Hawkins, Extension Educator, Community Economics, University of Minnesota Extension and J2G Regional Partner. “And we’ve included as many voices as possible, with the people making the final decision.”

Now the public is being invited to vote for their favorite of the three finalists on the Journey To Growth website (click here). Voting will continue until noon on May 30. The name with the most votes will be declared the “People’s Choice” on June 1, win a prize of $500, and may be used on promotional materials for businesses, communities, and organizations in the 10 county region that includes Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Steele, Wabasha and Winona.

Southeast Minnesota League of Municipalities (SEMLM), Community Economic Development Associates (CEDA), SE MN Together, and University of Minnesota Extension are also partners in the “Name Our Region” contest.

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