Month: January 2014

Agenda for Jan. 30 DMCC Board meeting



Thursday – Jan. 30, 2014

9 a.m. – noon


I.       Call to Order

II.      Roll Call

III.     Adoption of Agenda

IV.    Approval of Minutes

V.     Chair’s Report

VI.   DMCC Articles and Bylaws

A.  Resolution:  Approval of Restatement of Articles of Incorporation

B.  Resolution:  Approval of Bylaws

VII.   Economic Development Agency

A.  Report and Update:  Dr. Patricia Simmons

B.  Request for Proposal Process / Planning Consultants:  Lisa Clarke, EDA Executive Director

1.   RFP Process, Recommendations

2.   Coordination with City / County

3.   Community Input Process Update

4.   Milestone Schedule / Critical Next Steps

C.   Action Item:

1.  Resolution:  Approval of Recommendation Qualifying Certain Planning Consultants

VIII.  DMCC 2014 Budget Discussion

A.  Presentation of the Budget

B.  Action Item:

1.  Resolution:  Approval of 2014 Budget

IX.  DMCC Agreements

 A.   Resolution:  Approval of Agreement for Destination Medical Center Services Between DMCC  and EDA

B.  Resolution: Approval of Agreement for DMCC Funding and Support Between DMCC and City of Rochester

X.    City of Rochester

       A.  City Comprehensive Planning Process – Update

      B.  City/DEED Agreement:  Update

      C.   Presentation of proposed Titan Ventures project

            1.  Action Item

                a.  Resolution:  Preliminary Limited Approval

XI.     Announcement of Next Meeting / Key Topics

XII.   Adjournment



DMCC Board meeting set for Jan. 30

DMCC Board Meeting

Jan. 30, 2013

9 a.m.

Location:  University of Minnesota Rochester Campus, University Square, 111 S. Broadway, Room 417.

Chair Tina Smith has called this special meeting of the Board of Directors of the Destination Medical Center Corporation.


Convenient parking is available in the 1st Street Parking Ramp (507-282-4545), next to the Doubletree Hotel in downtown Rochester. A skyway is on the 3rd level of parking. Take the skyway crossing Broadway to enter University Square on the 2nd floor. Use the elevator to access the 4th floor. The meeting is in Room 417.

An agenda for this meeting will be posted separately in advance of the meeting.


Under construction: A wide open community input process

6Z8C4055Blog posts, news stories, posters and coffee-shop conversation.

There’s no one best way to spread the word about DMC and to gather community input for the 20-year DMC development plan. That’s why DMC leaders have asked 80 community volunteers to help design the process so input comes from all corners of the community.

Check out this story from the Rochester Post Bulletin, Jan. 17, on their work: DMC subgroups working toward February forum.

The group, which includes sports enthusiasts, hospitality workers, business owners, research administrators and local government representatives, has met three times since early December. They are building roadmaps for community input in eight core areas identified as the foundation of a vital downtown Rochester: Arts and Culture/Civic/Entertainment; Commercial Research and Technology; Health and Wellness; Hospitality/Conventions; Learning Environment; Livable City/Retail/Dining; Sports, Recreation and Nature; and Transportation.


Heidi Mestad, who’s managing the community engagement process, says their work in each of these areas is fourfold:

Inventory what planning has been done. The DMC initiative has been a catalyst to review or jump-start other community planning.

Identify the conversation topics: The volunteers have been defining the core areas and how community input discussions will be framed around each topic.

Give input on the logistics: What’s the best place for community meetings? Best time of day?  How else could citizens share ideas?

Help to communicate the process.  Of course, blog posts, news coverage, and many other outreach efforts will be used to publicize opportunities to get involved. The groundwork now underway will help ensure that individuals and organizations throughout the community know their input is welcome and valued.

“There will be large and small ways for people to join in and share ideas,” says Mestad. “Anybody and everybody can participate.”

The first input gathering events are expected to be held in late February.





Gov. Dayton: Mayo Clinic’s DMC initiative ‘transformative, priceless’

“2013 was a huge year for Rochester, thanks in large part to the passing of the Mayo Clinic Destination Medical Center legislation,” reports KTTC-TV in a story posted Jan. 10, 2014.

“It was a project many in the state, including Gov. Mark Dayton, pushed hard to accomplish.

“Thursday, KTTC NewsCenter’s Daniel Wolfe sat down with the Governor to talk about the future of DMC.official_dayton

“Dayton called the DMC initiative ‘transformative and priceless,’ and said that when we look back 15 years from now at the changes made to Rochester and Mayo Clinic, the project will clearly be one we’re glad we took on.

“The Governor also talked about the impact DMC will have on the way he’s perceived, once his term is complete.

“’I think it’s going to be the most significant legacy of my remaining one year or four years,’ Dayton said. ‘Mayo is so important to all of Minnesota, to our quality of life and the fact that they’re giving us this opportunity to do this enormously important expansion here in Minnesota and Rochester, rather than other places in the world, is just a tremendous opportunity.’

“Dayton went on to say there will no doubt be some kinks in development here and there, but the work to transform Rochester will be well worth it in the end.”

Watch the story on YouTube.   

DMC find inspiration in Las Vegas? You bet!

Check out what’s happening in downtown redevelopment in Las Vegas.  Slate, a daily web magazine, featured the Las Vegas Downtown Project on Dec. 5, 2013, in an article titled “Sin No More.”

Reporter Mark Joseph Stern writes: “Tony Hsieh has a vision for Las Vegas — and it doesn’t include glitz, gambling, sex, or Celine Dion. Instead, the fabulously wealthy founder of Zappos and 39-year-old wunderkind plans to turn the proudly sinful city into the one thing it absolutely isn’t: a family-friendly startup paradise.    Welcome to Las Vegas sign on the Las Vegas Strip. 11/13/09

“In 2010, Hsieh announced a $350 million investment in the city, with $200 million for real-estate investments, $50 million for tech startups, $50 million for arts, health care, and education, and $50 million for small businesses. (The source of the investment money is hazy, but much of it may come from Hsieh’s own pockets.) The plan, dubbed the Downtown Project, is designed to foster entrepreneurship and innovation, especially in Hsieh’s own field, tech. But business is really just the first step. When Hsieh’s project is complete—by the middle of the decade, he hopes—he’ll have created a seemingly paradoxical utopia: A new Silicon Valley just blocks from the Las Vegas strip.”

Like DMC and its focus on eight core areas of community vitality, the Downtown Project encompasses better health care options, more parks, restaurants, non-gaming entertainment and other attributes to make downtown attractive to workers, their families and small businesses.

Redevelopment is taking hold. Already, 60 start-ups call Las Vegas home.  How many new start-ups will call Rochester home in three years? Any wagers on that?

What can be done to make it happen?  Share your ideas here.