Growth and change: Rochester is transforming

It’s been described as a bridge to the mission of Mayo Clinic, a hub for biomedicine, research, and technology innovation, and a new “address” for the future of life science.

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.

Heart of the City: Discover. Dream. Design. Do!

RSP Architects, the Minneapolis-based firm charged with championing public realm design for DMC’s Heart of the City sub-district, received accolades from the DMC Corporation board of directors on February 8 when they presented findings from the first of four phases of the design process. The RSP-led design team includes Coen+Partners9.Square, HR&A Advisors, and Kimley-Horn.

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.”

Press Release: DMCC board approves $38M residential and retail project

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.”

Life science expert coming to Mayo Clinic Accelerator

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

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: Educating the next generation of medical professionals

“We are preparing students for jobs that don’t yet exist – to solve problems that aren’t yet known – using technologies that have not yet been invented.”

If you’ve heard University of Minnesota Rochester (UMR) Chancellor Stephen Lehmkuhle speak, chances are you’ve heard this statement.

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.

Redesigned DMC website showcases progress and improves user experience

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.

Press Release from Gov. Dayton’s Office: Governor Reappoints Rani and Rybak to DMCC Board

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.”

Read the original article >

One cup at a time: Local entrepreneurs connect

With entrepreneurship brewing in Rochester these days, there is a growing need for more opportunities for these like-minded individuals to connect and network, share successes and struggles, and simply bond. Perhaps over a cup of joe.

1 Million Cups is a national program that incubated out of the Kauffman Foundation where entrepreneurs can come together over coffee to hear pitches from other startups and learn from one another. The free program exists in more than 100 cities nationwide and, today, Rochester became one of those cities.

Community members weigh in on the future of downtown transportation

A sustainable transportation model is pivotal to the success of the DMC vision. And from practical solutions like dedicated bus lanes to more futuristic ideas like driverless shuttles, the topic brought dozens of community members together for the first of four Public Conversations highlighting transit for Rochester’s downtown.

The informal open house, held on January 24 at the University of Minnesota Rochester, provided the public with a chance to hear from transportation consultants about the four integrated transit studies being conducted and offer their feedback on what they see working best for Rochester’s future.

Engaging the community through prototyping

2016 brought a multitude of new ideas and excitement to downtown Rochester with the temporary installation of 16 prototypes at the first ever PlaceMakers | Rochester Prototyping Festival.

The idea of prototyping is not new, but it is new to Rochester.

Since the September festival, which addressed “Health and the Built Environment,” the community is beginning to see more examples of urban prototyping taking place.