A Clean and Safe Ambassador Program was voted on by the Rochester Downtown Alliance board of directors and will launch on April 1st. According to an RDA press release, "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."

The RDA says programs like this are 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 program will receive funding from the city of Rochester, the Mayo Clinic, and DMC and will be supported by the RDA’s special service district members.

Jeanine Gangeness, RDA Board chair, said: “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.”

Expect a cleaner downtown area as ambassadors will be tasked with picking up litter, pulling weeds, removing graffiti, and will be power-washing sidewalks.