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"Name our Region"contest!

Congratulations to the winner of the Name Our Region contest. The finalist with the most votes by the public was South by Southeast [SXSE], submitted by Rochester resident Tessa Leung.

The winner was between two finalists, including Venture Southeast Minnesota. The public voted for their favorite finalist from May 15th - May 31, 2018. The finalists were chosen from over 90 entries submitted online throughout March and April. The Judge’s Circle, comprised of forty individuals from both the public and private sector, from across the southeast Minnesota region, reviewed the submissions and whittled down the list.

The next steps include delivering the $500.00 cash prize to winning recipient, Tessa Leung; Rochester resident and owner of Grand Rounds Brewing Company & Restaurant.

Says Leung, “we have great cities-large and small, we have artists and local musicians who are getting more and more connected every day, amazing growers and producers who send their wares north and entrepreneurs are starting to become the norm and not the exception.”

Recognizing the myriad of regional offerings, Leung adds, “we are a vibrant, integral and pretty great part of Minnesota.and I think this area is full of rock stars; the understated Minnesota-kind, much like the rock stars that put Austin, Texas on the map for South by Southwest.We are a yearlong "festival" with a lot of dedication and the traditional Minnesota self-effacing culture that never lets us seem to get too "wild.” Yet wild we are, in our own Midwestern way!”

Congratulations to the People's Choice winner and thank you to everyone that submitted a name and/or voted in the contest!

We define our region or larger community as; Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Steele, Wabasha and Winona.
Naming our southeast Minnesota area is a starting point that will allow us to promote ourselves collectively, keep us competitive within the national and global market and help us retain and attract residents and talent.

The "Name our Region" contest is brought to you by Journey to Growth (J2G), SE MN Together, the University of Minnesota Ext., the Southeast Minnesota League of Municipalities and CEDA (Community Economic Development Associates).

IMPORTANT NOTE: Failure to comply with all of the contest provisions will lead to the disqualification of your vote.

Judges Circle!


March 1st, 2018
Contest kicks off

The "Name our Region" contest will launch and accept entries beginning March 1st, 2018. Submissions will be collected and will advance to the "judges circle;" a group of regional influence's from both the private and public sectors. The Judge's Circle participants will be announced in April. The circle will narrow down the entries to the top three.

May 15th, 2018
Top three finalists revealed

Three finalists will be revealed on May 15th, 2018 for a final round of online voting by the public.

June 1st, 2018
Winner announced

The submission with the most votes will be tallied and the winner of the "People's Choice" will be announced June 1st, 2018 and will win a cash prize of $500.00.

The "People's Choice" regional name will be used in the creation of shared supplemental marketing collateral.