You are never going to guess how many COVID-19 masks and cigarette butts were picked up in downtown Rochester, Minnesota in the last 365 days!  But, it was counted and thanks to the Clean and Safe Ambassador Program, they were taken off our streets and disposed of properly.

Number of Items Cleaned and Picked Up in Downtown Rochester the Last 365 Days

In the past 365 days, in the middle of a pandemic, not only did our world transform but so did downtown Rochester, Minnesota. The Clean and Safe Ambassador program started on July 1st, 2020 and the impact has been tremendous. Look below to see how much work was accomplished in just 365 days in our community.

“I think the Ambassadors are professional, give excellent directions, and are extremely friendly. At first, I wasn’t sure how the program was going to impact the downtown, but I have come to respect them for their diligence and responsiveness. They do their job well.” - Ken Nuss of Victoria's Ristorante

 

How is the Clean and Safe Ambassador Program in Rochester funded?

According to the press release from the Rochester Downtown Alliance, this program is funded by the City of Rochester, Mayo Clinic, and the downtown Rochester special service district members. You can learn more about the program and funding here.

“The Clean and Safe Ambassadors have allowed the Rochester Downtown Alliance to create and maintain more public amenities, welcome folks to our community, and increase communications with our downtown businesses. This program has become a vital piece in how we are building an inviting downtown community,” Karli McElroy, RDA director of operations.

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Check out these other great events happening in Southeast Minnesota this summer!

Summer is here and if you are looking for something fun to do with friends or family, check out the list of fun, summer events happening all over Southeast Minnesota. Just scroll below to see a huge list of fun ideas.

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The Ultimate 2021 Summer-Fun Guide For Southeast Minnesota

After the bummer summer that was 2020, you and the family are sure to be searching for plenty of fun events that will get you outside and enjoying the Minnesota summer sun!

Below you will find The Ultimate 2021 Summer-Fun Guide for Southeast Minnesota! All of the biggest events that our area has to offer. If we missed one, let us know on our app today!

Wow! Check out how Rochester has changed throughout the years in these Google photos.

As we are soaring down Hwy 52, it is hard to imagine what life was like in our town before the Target store was built where it is today. Or the house that you live in now, at one point in town, that wasn't there. In fact, Rochester has grown so fast throughout the years, most of our houses weren't even around 50 years ago! Don't believe me? Look through these photos to get a glimpse of what Rochester was like years ago.