Month: November 2020

Destination Medical Center Corporation Board Approves Next Phase of Development

The Destination Medical Center Corporation (DMCC) Board of Directors today approved a 5-year update to the DMC Development Plan, which was adopted in 2015 and provides a framework for implementing the mission of the DMCC to transform Rochester, Minnesota as a global destination for health and wellness.

The purpose of the 5-year update, which is required by state statute, is to tailor economic development strategies to market conditions​, to account for how DMC catalyzed for economic growth from 2015-2019​ and to gather community input.

VIDEO: Destination Medical Center Webinar: The Post-Pandemic City

In this webinar, recorded Tuesday, November 17, 2020, Minnesota Design Center Director Tom Fisher and Destination Medical Center’s Patrick Seeb discuss how cities could emerge from the disruption of COVID-19 with a stronger regional economy and a more equitable and sustainable built environment. The pandemic has accelerated changes in retail, work and mobility, and if we start now to think about what those changes might mean for Rochester, MN and begin steering them, the “new normal” could be a better outcome. Tom served for 19 years as a Dean at the University of Minnesota and became the Director of the Minnesota Design Center in 2015. His research has focused on sustainable architecture, design ethics, and community-based service design. He is a member of the DMC EDA Board of Directors. Patrick Seeb is the Director of Economic Development and Placemaking for the DMC EDA.

View all recent Destination Medical Center webinars related to the five-year update to the DMC 20-Year Development Plan here.

Local artists bring inspiration to Discovery Walk


Ayub HajiOmar, Zoe Cinel, and Sophia Chai

With a shared current hometown and life experiences spanning the globe, Sophia Chai, Zoe Cinel, and Ayub HajiOmar – the trio of artists creating installations for Destination Medical Center’s Discovery Walk – are poised to enrich Rochester pedestrian life in surprising ways.

Chai, Cinel and HajiOmar were selected after a call for Olmsted County artists to be a part of the Discovery Walk design team. The artists will help integrate art at a civic scale into the design of the planned linear parkway along 2nd Avenue SW that will connect Soldiers Field to Annenberg Plaza in downtown Rochester.