If you’ve ever heard Shaye Mandle of Medical Alley Association speak, the story he shares sounds remarkably like the story of DMC. That’s because he is telling the story of Minnesota, and as home to Mayo Clinic, Rochester has long been the cornerstone of conversations related to medicine in the state and throughout the nation.
“Mayo Clinic has been one of the most important members of [the Association] since it was founded in 1984,” says Mandle, Medical Alley’s president and CEO. “They are the number one, gold standard for clinical excellence in this country.”
A diverse business landscape is critical to Rochester becoming a true Destination Medical Center. It will take more than excellence in patient care for the DMC vision to succeed. Susan Windham-Bannister knows this well.
Windham-Bannister is a life sciences industry expert and president and CEO of Biomedical Growth Strategies. She has spent years working in areas like New York, Boston, and Maryland to help communities create environments that are enticing to startups and established businesses alike.
Windham-Bannister joined more than 35 stakeholders from across the state to share her experiences and provide insight on how our own community should go about setting priorities to ensure DMC’s success.
1: the introduction of something new; 2: a new idea, method, or device:novelty
Innovation is at the heart of Rochester’s entrepreneurial spirit and the vision of DMC. And while Rochester is undoubtedly a city focused on health and wellness, having a diverse workforce is critical to a strong and prosperous community.
Our state’s leaders have also recognized the importance of fostering innovation. Earlier this week, Lt. Gov. Tina Smith and the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) launched #InnovateMN, a digital campaign to highlight original businesses throughout the state and help connect them with state funding.
Lt. Gov. Smith and DEED’s Commissioner, Shawntera Hardy, said the campaign will celebrate emerging technologies and discoveries in Minnesota by sharing stories of businesses and startups on the leading edge. With Minnesota ranking annually among the top five states in new patents, those stories are plentiful. “Innovation is embedded in our identity,” says Smith.
No matter how you slice it, DMC’s Discovery Square sub-district will be a cornerstone of Rochester’s efforts to become America’s City for Health. A recent story by National Public Radio’s Marketplace showcases the transformation that is taking place in Rochester.
The Discover Report was the result of 17 days of interviews, surveys, and pop-ups conducted by the Heart of the City public space design team and the culmination of their first phase of design work. During this process, the design team met with hundreds of people – visitors, patients, and community members alike – recognizing that they must understand the community well because “solutions for Heart of the City need to be authentic to Rochester.”
Board also reviews Mortenson roadmap for Discovery Square Project
ROCHESTER, Minn. (Feb. 8, 2017) – Highlighting the growing momentum of the Destination Medical Center initiative, the DMCC Board of Directors today approved a $38 million mixed-used development project. The development would bring 156 market-rate apartments, retail shopping, public parking and pedestrian access to downtown Rochester.
“The Destination Medical Center and Rochester continue to attract private investment and innovation, as our actions at this Board meeting demonstrate,” said Lt. Gov. Tina Smith, chair of the DMCC Board. “The momentum with Discovery Square, which will be a nation-leading center for life science innovation, is especially encouraging. We need to keep this momentum going and continue working with Rochester, Mayo Clinic, and the private sector to expand jobs and opportunity in America’s City for Health, and all of Minnesota.”
With the Mortenson project slated to break ground in the fall of 2017, there is a lot of exciting activity on the horizon for Discovery Square.
This DMC sub-district will be a highly-connected, urban life science hub where people will have the opportunity to work together closely to share and discuss ideas, build and test new products, and bring companies to scale with access to Mayo Clinic and other strategic stakeholders.
Susan Windham-Bannister is a life science industry expert and serves as president and CEO of Biomedical Growth Strategies, where she advises industry, academia, and life science clusters.
This Wednesday, Susan will join the startup community in Rochester to share her experiences from Boston and describe how the state of Massachusetts supported its entrepreneurs as their life science industry grew.
UMR has a big job. They are tasked with educating the next generation of medical professionals and equipping them with the transferable skills they’ll need to succeed in today’s high-tech, high-touch world of health care.
Can you name the six sub-districts that make up DMC district? Do you know what the community is saying about transportation? Do you know who is behind the growing entrepreneurial spirit in Rochester?
The answers to these questions and more are available on the newly redesigned DMC website. Enhancements were made to ensure that the site, like Rochester itself, stays fresh but functional, and that its visitors can easily access the latest information about DMC regardless of the device they are using.
DMC.MN: The new homepage is intended to provide better insight into the nine areas of focus around which the DMC development plan was created.
DMC is in the middle of everywhere – and these nine concepts clearly represent the ideals that constitute the DMC brand. More importantly, they provide a platform with which to share stories about the drivers behind the DMC initiative and how public and private partners and community members are contributing to the DMC vision.
Governor Mark Dayton announced the reappointments of Susan Park Rani and R.T. Rybak as members of the Destination Medical Center Corporation Board of Directors. Both are appointed to six year terms, expiring on January 3, 2023.
“I am pleased [to] reappoint Susan Park Rani and R.T. Rybak to the Destination Medical Center Corporation Board,” said Governor Dayton. “Their respective prior experiences in the private sector and local government have been critical to the success of the Destination Medical Center initiative thus far. I thank Ms. Rani and Mr. Rybak for their willingness to continue serving.”
“I am excited to see my colleagues, Susan and R.T. remain on the board,” said Lt. Governor Tina Smith, DMCC board chair. “They provide invaluable perspective and play an integral role in shaping our efforts to ensure Rochester remains ‘America’s City for Health’ for generations to come.”