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City leaders discuss vision statement for Rochester

This comes after getting the residential survey results back.

Posted: Jul 9, 2018 9:03 PM
Updated: Jul 10, 2018 6:20 AM

ROCHESTER, Minn. – It’s an effort to develop the city’s vision and set strategic priorities for the future.

Mayor Ardell Brede, council members, and city department leaders gathered Monday to discuss those plans. They’re hoping to come up with a vision statement that will guide how the city is led, as well as the direction it’s headed.

One of the big talking points was the residential survey. City staff, council members, and some members of the general public were asked 161 questions each as part of the survey. Now, leaders are sifting the data to see where to go from here.

“The results are like getting your report card at the end of the year,” Brede said, “and you find out that you were ‘A’ and maybe now all we can do is try and make it ‘A+’.”

Survey results show nearly 90-percent of residents believe Rochester is heading in the right direction, but that doesn’t mean more can’t be done.

After more than 20 years of living here, Sumathi Jayakumar sees growth and diversity in the city.

“People coming here for care and the growth and definitely we need to have infrastructure to support people who travel to Rochester,” Jayakumar said.

It’s something that’s on many people’s minds, since 15 percent of residents say the most serious issue in Rochester is too much growth. The city is keeping this in mind, as the development project called Destination Medical Center moves forward.

“We can't just sit back and say ‘yeah, we're so good,’” Brede said. "We do have to work on some of those areas that do need a little improvement.”

As far as a vision statement, one word Brede would like to see and fell more of is compassion. Other words that kept popping up at the meeting include care, health, and innovation.

“We don't have to do a major overhaul,” Brede said. “It's just like going and getting your car maybe tuned up a little bit, don't need to change the motor.”

The vision statement is a work in progress for the city, and will be finished at a later date.

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