If DMC is a 20-year development initiative to position Rochester as the world’s premier destination for health and wellness, who better to imagine what the efforts taking place now will eventually yield for our city than the children who, in 20 years, will be working on our community’s next 20-year plan?
Through a school design content, Sean Baker and the team at Med City Beat asked students in grades K-5 at Rochester Public Schools to imagine what they would want their city to look like in 20 years. The students were not given any specifics or parameters; they were simply asked to use their imaginations.
The winner of the contest was Sally, a fourth grade student at Elton Hills Elementary, who clearly shares DMC’s vision for Rochester as a “City of Healing.”
More finalists can be seen here.
It was announced at the December DMCC Board meeting that Board member Bill George is stepping down from the DMC Corporation Board. George will remain a member of Mayo Clinic’s Board of Trustees, but his seat as the Mayo Trustee representative on the DMCC board will be filled by Michael Dougherty, Founder and Chairman of Dougherty Financial Group LLC.
Lt. Governor Tina Smith, DMCC Board chair, reflected on the time and talents George brought to the group during his tenure. “On behalf of the DMC Corporation Board, I want to thank Bill George for his service and commitment during these past two years,” Smith says. “His insights have been invaluable in guiding the development of the DMC strategy.”
Recently representatives from the Mayo Clinic Advisory Group, DMC EDA, City of Rochester, Discovery Square Project Team, and local business owners gathered in Madison, WI for an overview of bioscience research and development in one of our closest comparable markets. The trip reinforced two core values of the DMC vision: strengthening public and private partnerships and building an ecosystem from within. This aligns well with Discovery Square, a new home to the future of biomedical, research, education, and technology innovation and a keystone to the DMC economic development strategy.
ROCHESTER, Minn. – At today’s board meeting, the Destination Medical Center (DMC) Corporation Board of Directors completed 2015 with a discussion on a range of topics, including updates on Discovery Square and Heart of the City, and from the City of Rochester on the proposed development of a Second Street Holiday Inn and Suites. The Center for Energy and Environment presented its recommendations for energy and sustainability within the development district.
It was announced Board member Bill George is stepping down from the DMC Corporation Board. George remains a member of Mayo Clinic’s Board of Trustees, but his seat as the Mayo Trustee representative will be filled by Michael Dougherty, Founder and Chairman of Dougherty Financial Group LLC.
“On behalf of the DMC Corporation Board, I want to thank Bill George for his service and commitment to during these past two years. His insights have been invaluable in guiding the development of the DMC strategy,” said Lt. Governor Smith. “I’m pleased to welcome Mike Dougherty to the Board. Mike brings a wealth of financial and healthcare experience that will help guide the project into its next phase.”
As Heidi Mestad, former Mayo Clinic/DMC co-manager, prepares to move on from DMC to her new role as Director of the Minnesota Children’s Museum of Rochester (MCMR), we spent a few minutes sitting down with her to reflect on her time with DMC and discuss the opportunities presented in her new position.
DMC: You’ve been an integral part of the growth of Rochester – especially downtown – for many years. What stands out to you as the most fulfilling accomplishment during your time with DMC?
Heidi: The great work of the Community Input Committee – affectionately known as the “80 person group,” who invested their time to do an inventory and created content and questions with which we gathered input from the community. The group generated such solid information that it ultimately framed the initial creative analysis for the DMC master planners.
At the recent second annual Rochester Area Values Entrepreneurship (RAVE) event, local entrepreneurs were recognized. Clearly the spirit of entrepreneurship is rising in the region, and that’s a big plus for the DMC mission to attract people, investment opportunities, and jobs to America’s City for Health.
DMC EDA invited Gabe Klein, author of the newly released book “Start-Up City: Inspiring Private & Public Entrepreneurship, Getting Projects Done, and Having Fun,” to Rochester to present to nearly 175 community members on Tuesday, December 8th at the historic Chateau Theatre in downtown. Klein pulls together knowledge and experience from multiple perspectives.
The Destination Medical Center Corporation Board of Directors will hold its combined November and December board meeting from 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. on Thursday, December 17, 2015.
The meeting agenda and board packet will be posted here on the DMC Corporation website prior to the meeting as they become available.
Attend in person – Mayo Civic Center, 30 Civic Center Drive SE, Rochester, MN 55904
View online – Live stream, Twitter, and the DMC Blog