ROCHESTER, Minn. (May 26, 2016) – At today’s board meeting, the Destination Medical Center (DMC) Corporation Board of Directors highlighted the substantial progress being made on projects in the DMC District. These projects include some of the DMC’s top development priorities: Discovery Square, Heart of the City, and transportation improvements. The Board also heard plans for DMC’s participation in this year’s BIO International Convention, the largest international event for the biotechnology industry.
The Community Advisory Committee charged with guiding the public realm design for Heart of the City, the DMC sub-district that serves as the soul of Rochester’s downtown, selected six consulting teams this week from the eleven who applied.
Two developers are teaming up to bring some Twin Cities flavor to Rochester’s apartment scene.
Minneapolis-based Alatus LLC is partnering with the Pompeian family, longtime real estate developers in Rochester, on a proposed 13-story apartment tower that would visually change the main entrance from Hwy. 52 into the city’s downtown and Mayo Clinic complex.
The $100-million plan is unique for Rochester in both size and style, introducing a luxury class of apartments that have become common in bigger cities, including the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area, in recent years.
A consulting firm’s commitment to public engagement was the difference maker Tuesday as the city of Rochester’s Chateau Theatre Re-Use Task Force decided between the final two firms to lead the restoration and re-use project at the downtown theater.
“Community involvement doesn’t have to be ‘open the doors and see who shows up,'” said John Mecum, a principal at Minneapolis-based Miller Dunwiddie Architecture.
The public engagement process for re-use of the Chateau Theatre could involve public events, performances and focused meetings with performing arts organizations, said Denita Lemmon, an associate principal at Miller Dunwiddie.
Rochester’s med-tech business community is getting a national boost.
Earlier this week, Greater MSP – an economic development agency in the Twin Cities – announced the Minnesota Medical Manufacturing Partnership, giving medical manufacturers working in Rochester and in Minnesota access to federal agencies that coordinate $1 billion in economic development assistance.
Rochester is in one of 24 regions selected by the federal government as part of a nationwide effort to reignite manufacturing.
Destination Medical Center Executive Director Lisa Clarke said the partnership will help transform Rochester’s med-tech community in the Discovery Square Subdistrict and our region.
“A City Made for You,” “Picture Yourself Here,” and “Heart of Opportunity” were key messages from a group of students at Winona State University (WSU). Their mission: to devise a communication plan to attract millennials to Rochester.
In a partnership between WSU and Destination Medical Center (DMC), the students were instructed to create a comprehensive communication strategy and pitch their final presentation to DMC communications director Mary Welder, WSU associate vice president for academic affairs Jeanine Gangeness, and Post-Bulletin publisher Randy Chapman.
Muriel Scott, professor of WSU’s Public Relations Planning class, said her students were eager to tackle DMC’s challenge. “They learned so much,” she says. “The students focused on how to rebrand a city in a way that met needs and interests of millennials in choosing where to live.”
As DMC’s momentum continues, words like “urbanism,” “prototyping,” and “placemaking” are becoming increasingly more common in everyday conversations around Rochester, but with May as National Historic Preservation Month, there exists an opportunity to celebrate the special places that have helped shape our history and culture, making Rochester the medical destination it is today.
Nature, connectedness, and accessibility.
In twenty minutes, those are the three words more than 100 Rochester community members settled on to describe what they believe makes a healthy city.
The rapid-fire brainstorming event was part of a Community Conversation About Prototyping, a public event hosted by Destination Medical Center, Rochester Downtown Alliance, and the Rochester Art Center. It featured Our City co-founders and prototyping festival organizers Ray Boyle and Jake Levitas.
With DMC efforts like Discovery Square intended to help launch new startups and grow existing ventures, enhancing the diversity of the entrepreneurial landscape for the region will help drive growth and ensure that we attract and retain professionals of all ages.
The resume of Rochester-based entrepreneur Tori Utley reads like it belongs to a seasoned veteran of Silicon Valley: mobile app enthusiast, tech start-up founder, and non-profit leader are all on her list of accomplishments.
But at 23, Utley has just started her career. You can catch her presenting at TEDx ZumbroRiver on May 5, but if you want to learn more about her in the meantime, read on.