Month: April 2014

Ears are in EDA’s DNA

The Economic Development Agency (EDA) was designed with ears. Listening is in EDA’s DNA.

The EDA is part of the bill that establishes the Destination Medical Center (DMC) project. This agency is formed to develop and market DMC and the bill states it “must collaborate with city, county, and other community representatives.”

Soon after the bill passed, and even before the Destination Medical Center Corporation (DMCC) or the EDA were formed, public participation in the planning process began. For example, last summer whiteboards at gatherings like Taste of Rochester and Thursdays on First and Third  “crowd sourced” ideas.  Then, at its November meeting, the DMCC board of directors, said – officially – this collaboration needs to be “vigorous, thorough and extensive.” The result: a more systematic public input process (more here).

Also in November 2013, the EDA posted proposal requests for development planners that requires they work in a collaborative process with other institutions, local governments and the community to establish the development plan.