Rochester Named a Purple Heart City

Purple Heart recipients Bruce Hartung, resident of Rochester, Michigan and Officer Jeffry Firman, Rochester Police Department, assisted Rochester DPW worker, John Low in installing Purple Heart City Signs at entrances to Rochester on Purple Heart Day, August 8, 2015. 
Photo courtesy of the Rochester DDA

The City of Rochester announced that it was recently bestowed the honor of the Military Order of Purple Heart Special Recognition Award and proclaimed a Purple Heart City. Rochester is the second city in the State of Michigan to gain this distinction. Signs were recently installed around the City in recognition of this designation. David Anason, Rochester Director of Public Works stated, “It’s an honor to be a part of such an award, Rochester is a great city and this just makes it … [Read more...]

Back by Popular Demand – The Rochester Explorers Club!

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Photo courtesy of the Downtown Rochester Development Authority

Join the adventure this summer with the Rochester Explorers Club! Kids of all ages are invited to get outdoors and explore everything that our community has to offer. The Downtown Rochester Development Authority (DDA) has assembled an amazing array of adventures for young explorers, including a firefly hunt, making a fairy house, and everything in between. Kids can pick up their free Explorers Club Kit during Sidewalk Sales, July 9 – 11 at the DDA Information Booth, located at the corner of … [Read more...]

First Street Lofts Break Ground in Rochester Today

The City of Rochester will be adding a six-story 46 unit residential building to its thriving downtown. First Street Lofts received approval from the City last year and will begin construction in late April. A ground breaking event has been planned for Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at the building site, located on the northeast corner of First and Walnut Streets, according to a press release from City Manager Jaymes Vettraino. The press release went on to say that the loft style units … [Read more...]

Rochester State of the City 2015 VIDEO

Mayor Jeffrey T. Cuthbertson Monday at the 2015 State of City Rochester Address - photo by Michael Dwyer

The City of Rochester has released the official video of the 2015 State of the City address held at the Royal Park Hotel on Monday, March 30. Tom Daldin, host of the PBS program Under the Radar Michigan, welcomed guests and introduced the evening. Mayor Jeffrey T. Cuthbertson outlined the past, present and future of Rochester based on where the city is now. Rochester Media & The Community Edge was in attendance, read the story: A Taste of Rochester State of the City Address 2015 … [Read more...]

A Taste of Rochester State of the City Address 2015

A Taste of Rochester, The Home Bakery, at the 2015 State of City Rochester Address - photo by Michael Dwyer

Rochester Radar The Royal Park Hotel hosted the 2015 State of the City Address for Rochester on Monday evening. Tom Daldin, host of Under the Radar Michigan, welcomed the attendees and offered kind remarks about living in Rochester. Daldin, also a Pure Michigan Spokesperson, said that everywhere he goes he mentions what a great place Rochester is and how happy he is to call Downtown Rochester his home. Mayor Pro Tem, Ben Giovanelli, introduced the Rochester Police Department Color … [Read more...]

City of Rochester Ranked First in Michigan and 16th Nationally for Increasing Home Values


The City of Rochester was recently ranked first in Michigan and 16th in the nation by NerdWallet among the country’s cities with the fastest increasing home values. The designation was based on data from the real estate website, which identified the cities with the biggest increase in home values since 2009. Rochester ranked the highest of all three Michigan communities included in the national top 50 list. According to the publication, Rochester’s home values have increased an … [Read more...]

City of Rochester Receives ‘AAA’ Bond Rating

The City of Rochester recently received the highest ‘AAA’ bond rating from Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services (S&P) for the City’s series 2015 limited-tax general obligation capital improvement bonds financing its Parking Platform Construction Project. Rochester joins the very few Michigan communities with an ‘AAA’ bond rating and is just one of two cities with a population of less than 20,000 to receive this highest rating from S&P.  The ‘AAA’ rating is based on … [Read more...]

Rochester Parking Platform Construction Kicks Off January 2015

As a part of the City of Rochester’s comprehensive parking management strategy, the City is breaking ground on the next phase of the strategy: construction of two parking platforms in the downtown district. Construction on the East Street Platform, located on East Street between Fourth and University, will begin on Monday, January 5. A groundbreaking ceremony is planned for 4 pm on January 5. The westerly Walnut Blvd. Platform, located on Walnut Blvd. between Fourth and University will also … [Read more...]

37th Annual Greater Rochester Heritage Days Festival in the Park Brings Old-Fashioned Family Fun to Downtown Rochester

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There is something for everyone at the 37th Annual Greater Rochester Heritage Days Festival which takes place Saturday, May 24 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, May 25 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Municipal Park in downtown Rochester. The festival celebrates the community’s history, traditions and culture and is chocked-full of old-fashioned family entertainment. The festival opens on Saturday, May 24 at 10 a.m. and coincides with the City of Rochester’s official dedication of … [Read more...]

Rochester Election Choices 2013

Rob Ray for Rochester City Council

Election Time for the City of Rochester Election Day is Tuesday, November 5, this year. Voters will go to the polls to pick from a slate of five candidates for city council. Rochester Media reached out to those running for office to offer readers a chance to get to know the candidates before the election. Rochester City Council Candidates Currently, Rob Ray serves on the Historical Commission for the city of Rochester. “As a neighbor, I share the same community values and … [Read more...]