On Thursday, June 12 the DMC Community Conversations was held at the University of Minnesota Rochester. The DMC Community Conversations is part of a series of community engagement events designed to gather community input to help inform the DMC planning consultants as they build the DMC development plan. Anyone that lives, works, plays, heals or learns in Rochester was invited to participate in the event. The Community Conversations Report is available to download below.
Community Conversations Summary Report _Final 7 20 14
To learn more about the event, you can also read a previous DMC blog post and/or DMC newsletter. If you have specific question about the report, please email [email protected]
At the end of June, Rochester, Mayo Clinic and DMC representatives hopped on a three-hour flight from Minneapolis to San Diego to attend the week-long BIO International Convention; a chance to network with thousands of bioscience professionals, in addition to acquiring information about innovations and developments from across the world.
As described on the conference website, “The world’s largest biotechnology gathering, the BIO Exhibition allows exhibitors to reach high-level executives and influential decision makers who come to BIO to discover new players in the industry, form partnerships and evaluate emerging technologies.”
A Minnesota pavilion was set-up at the conference to showcase the work of Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota, as well as exhibiting the progress of the DMC vision. The impact the DMC initiative has on Minnesota gained attention from professionals across the country and globe. Many companies are now interested in visiting Rochester.
This conference helped to expand the voice and innovative ideas of DMC and Rochester. With new learned experiences and an extended global presence acquired from the BIO International Convention, the DMC can make even bigger strides for the future for Minnesota.
The second DMC public forum was held on Thursday, July 10. If you are interested in viewing the second public forum, you can watch it here. You can also download a copy of the presentation slide deck. Just as a reminder, the images and ideas within the slide deck are preliminary concepts. The next public forum will be held in September. Watch for more details to follow.
John Murphy has played multiple roles behind the scenes for DMC. Check out his first ever blog post below.
For the last five years, I have had a front-row seat as Destination Medical Center (DMC) has emerged from simple notes on a napkin to a full-on tangible plan. It’s history in the making. I have been in meetings, on trips to great destinations, and played “man on the street.” I have created videos, tried to create posters, stood at more than a few trade show booths, and presented at public forums from Minneapolis to Leroy to Bemidji and everyplace in between!
Someone just said to me the other day, “You should write a blog post about your experience.” I thought about it, and hey, why not give it a try? So here is my first attempt at a blog entry. It feels like the first time I used Facebook or “tweeted” on Twitter. Let’s hope I don’t hurt anybody.
The second Destination Medical Center (DMC) public forum is this Thursday, July 10, from 7-9:00 p.m. at the Mayo Civic Center in the Grand Ballroom.
This second public forum is designed to bring DMC preliminary ideas and concepts into a visual and descriptive form. Since April, the planners have been gathering information, market research and community input. The planning consultants will begin to share these early concepts with the attendees during the first half of the forum.
The second half of the forum will include a large group Q&A session followed by an informal casual conversation session with the DMC planning consultants. Officials with the City of Rochester’s Comprehensive Plan will be on hand to answer questions as well.
If you cannot attend the event, follow DMC on twitter or watch the public forum via live streaming.
Emily Sadecki is a guest blogger this summer while home in Rochester from college. She will dive into the depths of the Rochester community and share her journey along the way.
My name is Emily Sadecki, and I am a Rochester native, home for the summer from my second year at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Not one to lay low, I am participating in a local internship program at Mayo Clinic until I return to school to continue to pursue a dual degree in biochemistry, cell and molecular biology and public relations.
Spending my youth in Rochester, I remember playing tag in the matrix at the Silver Lake playground, struggling to decide what yummy delight I should eat at Thursdays on First, and serving coffee at Mac’s Café and Restaurant. This city and the people within it have taught me a lot about who I am and who I want to be—and they truly have a special place in my heart.