Rochester Area Economic Development, Inc., and the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce this week launched a new website devoted to sharing information about the Journey to Growth (J2G) initiative.
J2G is a 5-year economic development plan created to complement DMC and unite the economic future of eight counties in southeastern Minnesota, including Dodge, Fillmore, Goodhue, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Wabasha and Winona, around the forecasted growth of Rochester and Mayo Clinic.
“The region shares a vested interest in the success of DMC but also has a common aim to diversity and strengthen other sectors,” says Heather Holmes, RAEDI's vice president for marketing. “DMC covers the footprint of downtown Rochester, while J2G focuses on the eight-county area. The entire economy needs to grow along with DMC's expansion.”
A thriving regional economy and vibrant J2G are key ingredients to successful growth in Rochester and Minnesota. Rochester businesses within the DMC district will be better able to attract and retain top workforce talent when the entire region has attractive economic and infrastructural options.
J2G is a Nonprofit organization supported almost entirely by volunteers. More than 140 people donate their spare time to support this initiative through committee and advocacy work.
You can read the complete plan as a pdf on the RAEDI website. For a visual overview and quick facts, click through a 15-slide presentation from J2G.
Take a few minutes to check out the new website!