View All Press Releases

Clean and Safe Ambassador Program in Downtown Rochester to Launch in April

Release Date: February 20, 2020

Media Contact: Katie Adelman
Rochester Downtown Alliance
Direct: (507) 216-9882



Clean and Safe Ambassador Program in Downtown Rochester to Launch in April

ROCHESTER, Minn.—The Rochester Downtown Alliance Board of Directors voted Wednesday to launch a Clean and Safe Ambassador Program in downtown Rochester starting April 1.

The Clean and Safe Ambassador Program in downtown Rochester will provide daily cleaning, safety, hospitality, and connection to outreach services within the RDA’s 44-block special service district. The Ambassadors’ work will supplement, not replace, the work the City of Rochester currently performs in downtown. This type of program is a common tool used by business improvement districts like the RDA to help the community notice an enhanced level of care in central business districts.

The Clean and Safe Ambassador Program will be supported by the RDA’s special service district members, as well as additional funding from Mayo Clinic, the City of Rochester, and Destination Medical Center.

“The RDA board is excited to expand the organization’s work by introducing the Clean and Safe Ambassador Program. As downtown Rochester grows, so does our work. This program will directly impact the downtown experience by introducing additional people who will clean public spaces and serve as information resources,” said Jeanine Gangeness, RDA Board chair.

Downtown Rochester’s Clean and Safe Ambassadors will be employees of Block by Block, the national clean and safe services vendor selected for downtown Rochester’s program. The Clean and Safe Ambassadors will perform manual cleaning (litter, weed, and graffiti removal, as well as power washing sidewalks) and provide a safety presence throughout the year.


About the Rochester Downtown Alliance
The Rochester Downtown Alliance is a nonprofit corporation comprised of a broad range of people representing property owners, business leaders, the city and others with a direct stake in enhanced business and economic development conditions in the downtown district. We work together to build a vibrant downtown community. We believe a strong core positively impacts the greater city of Rochester. Through a series of special events, activities, and initiatives, we create energy, excitement, and a unique character to Downtown Rochester, Minnesota.