Month: November 2015

MPR News: Will millennials dig Rochester’s ambitious downtown plan?

20141216_dmc01_33Mayo Clinic officials are in the early stages of a 20-year, multi-billion dollar growth plan, the most ambitious economic development project in Minnesota history. Attracting millennials to Rochester is critical to the success of that project, the Destination Medical Center.

Getting young professionals excited enough to come and stay, however, may be an uphill climb.

Save the date for lunch with Gabe Klein, author of Start-Up City

KleinCover-r05_MBDMC is bringing author, speaker, and change agent Gabe Klein to Rochester to inspire conversation around the ideas in his new book “Start-Up City: Inspiring Private & PublicEntrepreneurship, Getting Projects Done, and Having Fun.”

Save the date for this unique opportunity to hear from Gabe and learn how to infuse start-up pace and energy into the public sector and apply practices to create a city that is a more resilient, sustainable, and enjoyable place to live.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015 | 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. | Chateau Theatre downtown Rochester

Registration is now available! CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

gabe kleinGabe Klein is the former DOT director under Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration in Chicago and former Director of the District DOT under Mayor Adrian M. Fenty. Before working in local government, Klein worked at a few startups, including Zipcar. In 2015, in addition to his other roles, he joined Fontinalis Partners as an SVP (Special Venture Partner) on their new fund. Klein continues to advise a number of technology/transportation startups includingBridj, where he provides leadership on strategy. He is on the board of NACTO and Streetsblog.

Nov. 19 DMCC Board Meeting Cancelled

With respect for DMC Corp. board members’ schedules and upcoming agenda topics, the DMC Corp. board meetings for November and December will be conducted on December 17, 2015 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Mayo Civic Center.

DMC and the Patient Experience

A seamless, high-quality, holistic experience is essential to patient satisfaction. The DMC plan strives to enhance the patient experience by providing a sense of welcome, facilitating the journey of patients and visitors during their visit, creating spaces and activities for patients to unwind between clinical appointments, and engaging visitors and community members alike in healthy living.

At the Oct. 29, 2015 DMCC board meeting, Jeff Bolton, Lisa Clarke, Heidi Mestad, and Dr. Sandhya Pruthi presented on how DMC is key to the patient experience and ultimately the community experience.

Heart-of-the-City-Patient-Exp“DMC is a unique opportunity where we have the state, county, and city, along with a variety of community organizations, working together to achieve a shared vision,” said Heidi Mestad, DMC manager, involved in community engagement. “The desired outcome is to provide an unparalleled patient experience as measured by patient satisfaction.”

“Rochester Now”: Connecting our community

rochester now logo by brandhoot rochester mnWhen Nate Nordstrom moved to Rochester five years ago, he heard about most of the events going on around town through Facebook or word of mouth. “I found several calendar listings online, but they seemed disconnected,” he recalls.

Nordstrom, founder of BrandHoot, a local agency specializing in custom web, mobile, and branding solutions, decided to take matters into his own hands – literally. “I wanted one place to go for information, and I wanted it in my pocket on my phone.” So Nordstrom developed Rochester Now, a free mobile phone app which attempts to answer the question: “What is going on right now in our community?”

Rochester Now pulls together multiple event calendars, coupons, local social media, city and visitor information, live streaming radio, and more. Though Nordstrom says the app isn’t perfect, he feels it’s a great step forward at a more connected and informed community. “The thousands of users who engage with us each week are a testament to the value we’re providing.”

Like DMC, Nordstrom says Rochester Now is working toward building a stronger and more connected community. “By keeping residents and visitors informed about what’s happening in the community,” said Nordstrom, “we hope to contribute to the growth in this flourishing community.”

Businesses and organization who are interested in getting connected and promoted through Rochester Now can do so for free just by contacting the team at [email protected].

Patrick Presents: Two community conversations about placemaking

Seeb0813-mug-200x200Patrick Seeb, DMC’s Director of Economic Development and Placemaking, lead two community conversations about placemaking and entrepreneurial efforts recently.

Placemaking is described as “the multi-faceted approach to the planning, design, and management of public spaces.” Placemaking inspires people to collectively reimagine and reinvent public spaces as the heart of every community.

Conversation #1: Global Entrepreneurship Week 2015 Luncheon

FullSizeRenderThe first event, held Tuesday, November 3, was one of five luncheons offered as a part of Rochester’s Global Entrepreneurship Week 2015. The nearly 30 attendees at the event included a vast cross-section of people interested in entrepreneurship in Rochester, from solopreneurs (those who run their business single-handedly) to multipreneurs (those running several entrepreneurial ventures simultaneously), from government officials to those working in large for- and non-profit organizations.

Star Tribune: Economic development chief is the force driving Rochester’s $6B rebirth

As head of the Destination Medical Center’s Economic Development Agency, Lisa Clarke is its caretaker, traffic cop and chief cheerleader.

A pair of tennis shoes tucked into her bag, a water bottle at the ready, Lisa Clarke steps into a meeting in a busy morning full of them and drops a well-worn line.

“It’s a good day to be in Rochester,” she says, flashing a broad smile at those in attendance.

The extra shoes come in handy when she’s hurrying through the city’s skyways to her next thing. A packed schedule came with the job, as did a long title: executive director of the Destination Medical Center’s Economic Development Agency.

The DMC EDA celebrates with Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce for Ribbon Cutting on Thursday, Oct 29


October 29, 2015 marked the official Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting at the new Destination Medical Center (DMC) Economic Development Agency (EDA) offices.

The DMC EDA is located in the Rosa Parks Pavilion at the corner of Broadway and 2nd Street SW in downtown Rochester.

“We have appreciated the supportive partnership we have with our stakeholders –  the city, the county, the state, and Mayo Clinic – to develop the DMC plan,” said EDA Executive Director Lisa Clarke. “With our new EDA staff in place and our new location here in the heart of the city, we have an opportunity to work closely with our community to move the DMC vision forward.”


More than 60 DMC supporters gathered to celebrate this exciting occasion and wish the DMC staff and board members success as the state of Minnesota’s largest public-private partnership works to achieve the mission of positioning Rochester as the world’s premier destination for health and wellness.

KIMT: City Council proposes DMC “progress report card”

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The Destination Medical Center has been brought up a lot in our area over the past several years, but understanding what goes into it can be overwhelming.

City officials in Rochester have an idea to make that a little easier. Monday, Council Member Nick Campion suggested a DMC “progress report card” of sorts. It would be something put together by the city every few months (2-3) that paints a clearer picture to the public of where funding is at, what projects are in the works and how things are moving along.