The future of transportation: A public conversation

Efficient downtown transportation is essential to the success of the DMC Development Plan, and local residents are being asked to help drive the future of this important component.

Integrated Transit Studies being conducted

The city of Rochester is conducting four integrated transit studies to support and advance DMC’s plan. On January 24, study consultants will host the first of four public conversations to share their findings and listen to the thoughts of attendees on transportation in downtown.

Richard Freese is the director of the city’s Public Works Department and feels that Rochester is a unique city requiring a unique approach to travel demand management. “Since the invention of the automobile, cities around the world have tried unsuccessfully to build their way out of traffic congestion by building more or wider roads,” Freese says.

At your service: Chamberlain provides a personal touch

Taxis, Uber, Lyft. Personal transportation is at the forefront of many discussions taking place in Rochester recently. And while DMC, the city, and community leaders and advocates are dedicated to ensuring that transportation solutions support the growth of the city, those solutions will require more than the point-A-to-point-B services provided by the above options.

Enter Chamberlain, Rochester’s own unique but generally undiscovered transportation service that goes the extra mile for its customers.

Chamberlain is dedicated to providing black car transportation but has found that customers are looking for more. “They want a personal touch,” says owner Laura Elwood, so Chamberlain includes concierge and lifestyle management services as options for its guests. And, according to Elwood, serving those guests is the highlight of the Chamberlain story.

Post Bulletin: Design team chosen for Discovery Square

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A new design team was chosen Thursday to map out Mayo Clinic’s largest downtown DMC project, Discovery Square.

RSP Architects and St. Louis, Mo.-based HOK were selected design Discovery Square, which could include up to 2 million square feet of research and education space in the Destination Medical Center’s Discovery Square district. The 20-block subdistrict is between Fourth Street Southwest and Sixth Street Southwest bordered by South Broadway and Fifth Avenue Southwest.

Discovery Square is anticipated to be a major driver of the $6.5 billion DMC initiative’s projected job growth and private spending. M.A. Mortenson Co. of Minneapolis is leading the development of the project for Mayo Clinic.

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Kicking off 2017: DMC puts you in the middle of it all

The DMC vision is not one that can be accomplished alone – or overnight. But with the advancements that took place on the DMC Development Plan over the past year, Rochester is well on its way to becoming a premier global medical destination.

It doesn’t take an urban planner to recognize the qualities it takes for a city to be successful. DMC is in the middle of it all: growth, investment, culture, community, innovation… the list goes on. And Rochester is hitting the mark on each attribute, ensuring 2017 will be another year of success.

Growth: A map on the DMC website highlights the fourteen projects currently in various stages of development in the DMC district, including the Alatus Development Project in St Marys Place (#14), the Titan-OPUS Project in Discovery Square (#3), and the Lofts at Mayo Park in the downtown Waterfront (#9), just to name a few.

Investment: Private investment gained significant momentum during 2016 that put DMC on course to reach the $200 million threshold that unlocks $585 million in public funds spanning over 20 years.

Progress toward DMC’s vision

With a number of new housing and retail developments and a burgeoning entrepreneurial spirit, Rochester is booming. And Destination Medical Center (DMC) is in the middle of it all.

2016 brought new developments in each of the DMC sub-districts, including housing, hotels, retail, restaurants and other businesses, that will inspire dynamic places to live, work, and play, filled with culture and recreation. 2017 is certain to bring more of the same.

Engaging the community through prototyping

2016 brought a multitude of new ideas and excitement to downtown Rochester with the temporary installation of 16 prototypes at the first ever PlaceMakers | Rochester Prototyping Festival.

The idea of prototyping is not new, but it is new to Rochester.

Since the September festival, which addressed “Health and the Built Environment,” the community is beginning to see more examples of urban prototyping taking place.

DMCC Board approves $115M mixed-use development for St. Marys Place sub-district

The Alatus Development project will add over 347 residential units, restaurant, commercial, and retail space. Project highlights growing momentum of Destination Medical Center initiative, with over $200 million in development since 2013.

ROCHESTER, Minn. (Dec. 15, 2016) – The Destination Medical Center Corporation (DMCC) Board of Directors today approved the $115 million Alatus LLC 2nd Street Development Project for the DMC St. Marys Place sub-district subject to a final review of the project’s financing. The 13-story mixed-use development is expected to include over 347 residential units, 13,500 square feet of ground floor retail space, and 7,500 square feet of second-floor office and retail space.

RAVE 2016: Honoring Rochester’s entrepreneurs

In every success story, you will find someone who has made a courageous decision. – Peter F. Drucker

DMC’s mission to attract people, investment opportunities, and jobs to Rochester is reflected in the entrepreneurial spirit of our community. Several of those entrepreneurs were honored at the third annual RAVE (Recognizing, Awarding, and Valuing Entrepreneurs) celebration in November.

screen-shot-2016-12-12-at-5-25-41-pmHosted by the Rochester Area Economic Development, Inc., known locally as RAEDI, the event welcomed 200 guests and over 75 entrepreneurs.

Twice is nice: Top spots in the rankings

Recent research is confirming what we already know: both our city and our state are great places to live and work. And DMC is striving to make them even better.

The #1 Best Place for Working Women

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SmartAsset, a personal finance technology company headquartered in New York City, recently published a list citing Rochester as the #1 “best place for working women.” After deducting costs for housing, women in Rochester are left with higher median incomes than in any other metro area.

DocuMNtary: The story of technology in Minnesota

Though Minnesota’s most apparent economic generators were historically rooted in farming, logging, and manufacturing industries, the state also has a very strong – but less recognized – history in technology.

Following World War II, Minnesota attracted more computer engineers than any other state in the Midwest. Organizations like Cray, Medtronic, Honeywell, and IBM became national players and put Minnesota on the map as a center of innovation. But the story of our rich history of technology has more or less been left untold. That is, until now.

documntary-fi2Enter DocuMNtary, a project intended to build awareness of technology in Minnesota by telling our story through a documentary series. The series consists of a 30-minute high-level story about technology and shorter subsequent segments that highlight specific individuals, organizations, and initiatives.