Originally, the DMC Ambassadors came about during the legislation phase of DMC. A handful of community members asked to meet on a regular basis to hear more details about the DMC process and wanted to help spread the word about DMC’s future. Now, with more than 125 ambassadors, the group continues to meet to stay informed. During meetings, the DMC staff members answer questions from the ambassadors and dive into details about next steps of the DMC development planning efforts. Ambassadors have also contributed to many community-engagement activities including DMC appreciation day at Thursday’s on First, the Festival of Trees and many others.
“It’s an exciting time to live in Rochester, and as a DMC Ambassador, I’ve really enjoyed meeting new people in the community who are passionate about the growth and well-being of Rochester. Plus, as an ambassador, I have the opportunity to have a positive impact in shaping the future of this city by sharing my ideas, insights, and time,” says Tia Calvert.
Two meetings are held on the third Wednesday of every month to accommodate potential scheduling conflicts. Ambassadors can choose between the University of Minnesota Rochester (UMR) from noon–1 p.m. (typically room 337 in the upper floor of University Square) or Sontes restaurant from 4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.
The next meeting is Wednesday, August 30. Grab a friend, colleague, or family member and come to an ambassador meeting. We hope to see you there.
If you are interested in learning more about the DMC Ambassadors, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.