Month: April 2023

Downtown Rochester Task Force Advances to Next Phase

The Downtown Rochester Task Force is inviting the community to provide feedback on a proposed action plan related to the long-term impacts of the pandemic on downtown Rochester. The development of the action plan, prioritizing short-term recommendations, is a result of community working sessions held earlier this year.

Community members are encouraged to participate in a second round of public working sessions to provide feedback on recommendations included in the action plan. Once feedback is collected, a final plan will be shared with the community in May 2023.

Three working sessions are planned—two in-person and one virtual. All sessions will be facilitated in the same format. Participants are encouraged to attend one session. A draft of the proposed action plan will be shared next week prior to the sessions.
Friday, April 28 at 9 – 10 a.m., Chateau Theatre
Tuesday, May 2 at 6 – 7 p.m., Chateau Theatre
Thursday, May 4 at 12 – 1 p.m., (virtual)

Patrick Seeb, executive director of Destination Medical Center, shares, “We have been intentional to build the action plan together with downtown stakeholders. We are grateful for their input and guidance along this process. The feedback has been instrumental in building the recommendations for the action plan that we will work from moving forward.”

In response to the long-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on downtown Rochester, a task force was assembled to build a community-based action plan to address immediate and short-term recommendations to be taken by organizations and businesses that support downtown Rochester.

In February, the Downtown Rochester Task Force invited the community and downtown businesses to participate in public work sessions to share specific challenges they are experiencing related to downtown. Attendees shared concerns and ideas for moving forward during the facilitated discussions.

In March, the Task Force shared initial findings from the working sessions. Feedback was grouped into four major themes. A public survey was conducted to gather responses to the themes. The four major themes are:
– Promotion, Activation, and Programming
– Access to Downtown
– Barriers to Doing Business
– Growing Downtown

The Downtown Rochester Task Force is using an accelerated model in creating an action plan to allow participants to identify concerns and work on solutions quickly. The goal is to present an action plan by May 2023 to guide the Downtown Rochester Task Force moving forward. More information about the Downtown Rochester Task Force can be found on the Destination Medical Center website.

The Downtown Rochester Task Force includes members from the City of Rochester, Destination Medical Center, Experience Rochester, Mayo Clinic, Rochester Area Economic Development Agency, Inc., Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce, and Rochester Downtown Alliance.

Meet the DMC

DMC Intern and Luther College student Tam Ta
Tam Ta
Meet DMC intern Tam Ta. Tam joins the DMC team from Hanoi, Vietnam. She is a student at Luther College majoring in Data Science with a focus on Economics and a background in Visual Communications. Her plan after graduation is to work in the field of urban design and smart & green city planning. We are happy to have her on the team.
  • Why did you choose Luther College? I am from the capital city so I have always been interested in studying in a small beautiful town to not have to deal with a lot of distractions. I am also attracted to Luther because of its sustainability commitment to go carbon neutral, being at a green-driven campus is important since it aligns with my values. Luther’s class size and close connection to professors are a plus for me since I can easily reach out to my instructors.
  • Why did you choose an internship at DMC? Growing up in a developing urban area where urban sprawls and transportation are major issues in the city, I have always been interested in how the city functions with regard to its economics, environment, and residences. I have the chance to learn more about sustainability projects, what they entail and how I can bring my own perspective and contributions to better the city.
  • What are your duties at DMC? One of the projects I am working on now is tracking investment for buildings in Rochester, understanding and keeping track of this information so as to inform future decisions on investment.
  • What is a unique fact about yourself? In my free time, I enjoy watching videos from the Youtube channel “OBF”, which talks about the design of various countries and how they are different and efficient in comparison to others. I find this very informative and entertaining at the same time since it captures the intersection of my interests which are sustainability, design, and economics.