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201 4th Street SE
Room 108
Rochester, Mn 55904 (Map)

Phone: 507-328-2950
Fax: 507-328-2401

Mon-Fri 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

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Meet the Community Development Team

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The Community Development team is committed to building community by nurturing relationships with residents, business owners, developers, and entrepreneurs to improve the physical, economic, environmental, and social health of Rochester.

We believe in: Partnership | Integrity | Performance | Efficiency | Creativity | Resiliency

Steinhauser, Cynthia

  • Departments:Community Development
  • Title:Community Development Director
  • Phone:(507) 328-2950
  • Email:

Cindy Steinhauser is the Community Development Director. Cindy holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics and Finance. Prior to serving in her current role, Steinhauser served in various positions for the City of Dubuque for over 20 years, including Neighborhood Development Specialist, Parking System Supervisor, and Assistant City Manager. Throughout her career, Cindy has worked on many activities involving community planning and visioning, such as downtown revitalization projects, transportation enhancement and planning projects, neighborhood planning, and historic preservation. Steinhauser also led Dubuque’s design team for key infrastructure projects including convention center parking facilities, historic city buildings, and numerous parks.

Cindy's key duties for the City of Rochester include:

  • Developing and directing Community Development staff;
  • Guiding day-to-day decision-making processes; and 
  • Providing direction for coordinated and collaborative services.
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