Month: December 2020

Winona State University Expands Presence in Downtown Rochester: Five Questions with Jeanine Gangeness, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs

Winona State University Graduate Studies recently announced it would be expanding its presence in downtown Rochester, signing a lease for additional office space in the campus building on South Broadway Avenue. Jeanine Gangeness, PhD, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs – Rochester and Dean for the School of Graduate Studies at Winona State University explains more about the university’s commitment to downtown Rochester.

DMC: How is Winona State University Graduate Studies utilizing its new space on the 2nd floor of the 400 S. Broadway Building?

Gangeness: The Winona State University Department of Graduate Nursing have moved their faculty offices into our expanded space on the second floor of the WSU-Rochester on Broadway campus space. 

E1 Network Connects and Supports Southeast Minnesota Entrepreneurs

Functioning like a two-way highway of support between Rochester and its surrounding communities, the Entrepreneurs First (E1) Network aims to leverage resources of member organizations to elevate and promote entrepreneurs at every level of their journey – a daunting, but necessary, task in a year rife with unpredictability.

The network launched this spring, with support from the statewide initiative, LaunchMN, just as COVID-19 was revealing how tightly technology and resiliency are now tied. Members include a conglomerate of startups, universities, and nonprofits across 11 counties.

Heart of the City Phase One Construction Updates

The first phase of Destination Medical Center’s Heart of the City public realm project is a renovation of Peace Plaza and surrounding areas. The new design will create active, engaging experiences for residents, visitors and patients in the heart of downtown Rochester.

The Heart of the City project team is available to help with any questions, concerns, comments and ideas.
You can contact the Heart of the City Team anytime at:


Emergency Line: 507-218-3866

View previous project updates on Page 2. 

The Conversations Continue: Celebrating Three Years of DMC’s Sustainability Series

Destination Medical Center celebrates a major milestone this month: three years of presentations and community conversations through its monthly Sustainability Series.

Kevin Bright, energy and sustainability director for DMC Economic Development Agency and City of Rochester, started the Sustainability Series in 2017 as a way to provide a platform for public discussion surrounding sustainability topics and to help bridge the gap between sustainability experts and community members who want to learn more.

Destination Medical Center Launches Urban Evolution Podcast

The team behind Minnesota’s largest economic development effort has launched a podcast that explores how creativity and innovation can transform communities.

Urban Evolution is produced by Destination Medical Center (DMC) Economic Development Agency, the public-private partnership driving a 20-year, $5.6 billion initiative to increase development around Mayo Clinic in ways that improve all aspects of life in and around the city of Rochester, Minnesota. The podcast’s goal is to showcase the investment and innovation in Rochester and become a source for national thought leadership around economic development.

Urban Evolution Episode 3: The Growth of CRAVE Restaurants and Surviving a Pandemic

Kam Talebi is founder and CEO of Kaskaid Hospitality and operator of 12 CRAVE restaurants throughout the Midwest. He surprisingly opened his newest CRAVE restaurant in Rochester, Minnesota in the middle of a pandemic, even as restaurants nationwide were closing. But his family’s special bond with Rochester and Mayo Clinic was his motivation.

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CRAVE Restaurant in Rochester, Minnesota

Urban Evolution Episode 2: The Story of Limb Lab: Changing the Business of Limb Restoration

In Rochester, Minnesota, a boutique prosthetics and orthotics company has completely changed the business of limb restoration. Limb Lab has been described as the Apple Store of prosthetics. Brandon Sampson, founder of Limb Lab, shares his story.

Limb Lab:
Six Mile Grove:
Destination Medical Center:

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Limb Lab’s lab in Rochester, Minnesota.

Urban Evolution Episode 1: Destination Medical Center: Creating a Global Destination for Health and Wellness in Rochester, Minnesota

There’s a transformation taking place in Rochester, Minnesota, home to Mayo Clinic. Destination Medical Center is a nearly $6 billion transformation of the city, creating a global destination for health and wellness. Lisa Clarke, Executive Director of the Destination Medical Center Economic Development Agency, and Dr. Clark Otley, Chief Medical Officer of the Mayo Clinic Platform and Medical Director of Mayo Clinic’s Department of Business Development, are both intimately involved with this transformation and the evolution of Rochester, Minnesota.

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