This year, three Rochester-based startups were finalists at the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management’s esteemed startup competition, the MN Cup. All three of these startups won their respective divisions, and Nanodropper took home the top prize for the entire competition.
Bookended by immersive riverfront experiences, the commentary at the 2021 DMC annual meeting imbued audience members with messages of civic pride, optimism, and hope for the future.
Speaking to the masked, socially-distanced group of stakeholders and community members were DMC Economic Development Agency (DMC EDA) Executive Director Patrick Seeb, DMC EDA Board President Dr. Clark Otley, Rochester City Council President Brooke Carlson, and DMC Corporation (DMCC) Board Chair R.T. Rybak.
Seeb began the evening by voicing gratitude to those present, a conglomeration of representatives from all levels of government, neighborhood leaders, community organizations, businesses, and individual citizens. All of them, he joked, are “rowing in the same direction (if I can use a river metaphor) to build a stronger, more vital community that lives up to the authentic brand of America’s City for Health, America’s Med City.”
Rochester caught a glimpse of its potential future at the 2021 DMC annual meeting, thanks to a large-scale, interactive prototype of a reactivated Zumbro riverfront. In the late afternoon, information booths dotted the pathway between 4th Street SW and 2nd Street SW and sparked thoughtful, educational interactions between attendees and stakeholders from every facet of the community.
Everything from nature to transportation, from history to diversity, was up for discussion.