DMC Projects

Since the adoption of the DMC Development Plan on April 23, 2015, a number of projects have been approved by the DMCC and the City.

Discovery Walk

Discovery Walk is a four-block linear parkway along 2nd Avenue SW. It is planned to connect Annenberg Plaza to Soldiers Field Memorial Park and function as an extension of the Heart of the City public realm project. Discovery Walk is designed to feel like a park and to promote health, wellness, and innovation. It will also serve as a catalyst for future private development in Discovery Square. Construction advanced significantly in 2023, including the pedestrian ramp located in the 300 block, pedestrian lighting art, and the snow melt system. Completion is anticipated in spring 2024.

 

Heart of the City Phase One

The first phase of the project was renovating the east elements of Peace Plaza and surrounding areas. It was unveiled in 2023. The public realm project features universal design elements, sustainability, integrated art and improved infrastructure, and a catenary lighting system. This project has stimulated new and expanded commercial and retail businesses in the area and won the 2023 Award of Excellence in Urban Design from the American Society of Landscape Architects.

 

Riverfront Reimagined

Following the City-initiated Downtown Waterfront S.E. Small Area Plan study for a 60+ acre area located southeast of the downtown core on the Zumbro River, the City continues to lead the development of this future mixed-use neighborhood. In July 2022, the City adopted the Riverfront Small Area Plan as a preferred plan to guide the transformation of the redevelopment area as a “front door” to the river and gateway into downtown. In August of 2022, the City was awarded a federal RAISE grant in the amount of $19.9 million for the Sixth Street Bridge crossing the Zumbro River. In 2023, the project advanced with site preparation, flood wall work with the Army Corps of Engineers, further design, and interim site activation.

 

Bryk on Broadway

The Bryk on Broadway, located at 401 Broadway Ave N., opened in 2023 as a mixed-use, mixed-income apartment building with rents at varying levels. Of the 180 workforce housing apartments, 54 units are income-restricted to those at or below 50% of the area median income, 18 units to those at or below 60% of the area median income, and 108 units to those at or below 80% of the area median income.

 

Soldiers Field Memorial Park

Soldiers Field Memorial Park contains 150 acres of memorials and active recreation space, including 4,000 feet of riverfront. The northern portion lies within the DMC Development District and is featured in the Development Plan as an anchor of the Education and Recreation Subdistrict.

This project also maximizes connections to other key features of the DMC Development District: Discovery Walk will connect the Heart of the City to Soldiers Field and the Sixth Street Bridge will link Soldiers Field to the downtown waterfront area.

The public realm improvements within the district feature an aquatics center, with lap pool, bathhouse, wading pool, and outdoor seating, new basketball courts, a trail through the northeast corner of the park, a nature play area, community shelter, public restrooms, and new public parking. Importantly, this project combines federal, State, City, and DMC funding sources to reinvigorate this public asset. Project improvements are well underway and construction is expected to conclude in 2024.

 

Mobility

Progress continued on the approximately three-mile bus rapid transit project known as “LINK.” This project has applied for the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Small Starts funding process. In 2022, the City and Mayo Clinic entered a twenty-year operating agreement in which Mayo Clinic will cover the annual local match for operating costs and all riders may use the system without paying fares. In 2023, design work was nearly completed, and state and federal environmental reviews concluded. With the significant progress in project planning and qualifying expenditures, the City certified, and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) approved, $9,081,280.13 in City and County transit contributions for 2022, qualifying for the State’s disbursement of $7,500,00 as the annual maximum of state transit aid.

A critical component of the Link experience is the future development of the West Transit Village at the western terminus at Second Street SW. The vision for the West Transit Village extends far beyond parking, with the potential uses of mixed-income housing, retail, and childcare.

DMCC Expresses Support for Downtown Property Support Program

(Rochester, Minn.) February 1, 2024 – At the quarterly Destination Medical Center Corporation (DMCC) Board of Directors meeting, the board directed DMC EDA staff to develop a program to support capital improvements to downtown properties. Board members discussed the importance of a vibrant historic Mainstreet experience. “The downtown is vital to the growth and success of Rochester,” board member R.T. Rybak said. “Beyond the cultural and historical significance, downtown contributes significantly to the tax base and to the overall health of this community.”

DMC EDA staff will collaborate with the City of Rochester and other stakeholders and return to the board with a recommended approach at the next regular meeting of the DMCC board.

The board also noted the importance of accelerating housing development, noting the current and future unmet needs.  Members discussed strategies such as tax increment financing (TIF) for market-rate housing that has been used in other communities.

“This is a broader community question,” said board member Paul Williams. “I would like to see goals set and be more visible in how we push toward those goals. I applaud the city for setting aside TIF funding for affordable housing.”

In other action, the board officially affirmed DMC as a partnering organization in the Minnesota MedTech 3.0 (MMT3.0) consortium. The purpose of this action was to meaningfully contribute to the MMT3.0 grant application project plan, the goal of which is to be awarded $40-$70 million in U.S. Economic Development Administration funding to grow Minnesota’s global market share in the medical technology industry.

“This is an unprecedented opportunity for Rochester and for Minnesota,” said board member Jim Campbell. “To be able to tap into federal dollars to advance our standing on the world stage is a winning proposition.”

MMT3.0 is a strategy to build a MedTech ecosystem that is even more connected, more strategic, and “smarter” through the incorporation of cutting-edge technologies, such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, and data science. The growth of this ecosystem will attract Smart MedTech businesses from the region and around the world to invest in Minnesota.

Additionally, the board unanimously approved the resolution to submit the DMCC-City Annual Report to the Minnesota Legislature. The statutorily required report includes the DMC development plan, progress on projects in the development plan, actual costs & financing sources for projects completed in the past two years, estimated costs & financing sources for the next two years, as well as debt service schedules for outstanding obligations of the city for debt service issued for projects identified in the plan.

The next regular DMCC Board meeting is set for May 23, 2024 at 9:30. a.m.

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About DMC

Destination Medical Center (DMC) is the largest public-private economic initiative in Minnesota’s history. The 20-year plan to transform Rochester into a global destination for health and wellness will attract developers, investors, startups, and entrepreneurs to live, work and play in America’s City for Health. For more information, visit dmc.mn.

New Local Black History Traveling Exhibit Launches at City Hall in February

Nationwide, Black History Month will be celebrated in February 2024. This presents a rich opportunity for the Rochester community to honor its local and regional Black history and to celebrate the vibrant and dynamic community that makes up Rochester today.

The City of Rochester in partnership with Olmsted County and Destination Medical Center Economic Development Agency (DMC EDA) will kick off the exhibition tour of a new traveling exhibit entitled Still We Rise: Rochester’s Black Legacy on Monday, February 5th, 2024 at 10am. The launch will feature an exhibition opening at the City Hall Rotunda and a brief program including remarks from Mayor Kim Norton and DEI Director Chao Mwatela. Due to space limitations, the launch event is limited to invited members of the community, City and County governance, and the press. The exhibit will be on public view in the City Hall Rotunda after the event from February 5-9 from 8am-5pm.

The Still We Rise: Rochester’s Black Legacy exhibit is a traveling showcase of the key leaders and events that have shaped the local community and its history. First developed through the leadership of Andre Crockett in partnership with the History Center of Olmsted County, the first “Rochester Black History” exhibit is currently installed at the History Center.

The new traveling pop-up exhibition directed by Andre Crockett (Founder and Owner of BarberShop & Social Services and Sports Mentorship Academy), and curated and designed by writer, Nicole Asong Nfonoyim-Hara (Founder of Griot Arts) will be hosted in various community venues and locations to activate dialogue and invite further learning about the city’s own connections to its Black history and a legacy of Black leadership and excellence. This exhibit is the first of its kind in its span of Rochester Black history and its contextualization of this history within the wider state and regional history from the mid-1800s to today.

Media Contacts:

Andre Crockett Sr. | [email protected]

Nicole Asong Nfonoyim-Hara | [email protected]

Request for Proposals, DMC Corp. Legal Services

The Destination Medical Center Corporation (the “DMCC”) is soliciting proposals for the provision of a full-service, outside legal counsel to represent it in an ongoing capacity as general counsel to a public, nonprofit corporation. The DMCC is a public, nonprofit corporation established by the City of Rochester under Minnesota Statutes, Sections 469.40 through 469.47, and Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 317A.

Proposals must be received no later than 4:00 p.m., Central Time (CT), March 28, 2024.

You may view and download the Request for Proposals (RFP) by clicking HERE.

Questions may be directed to Patrick Seeb, Executive Director, Destination Medical Center Economic Development Agency, at [email protected].

Submitted questions and DMC responses are available by clicking HERE.

Posted: January 25, 2024

Mayo Clinic’s Bold. Forward. Unbound. in Rochester Initiative: A New Chapter for Destination Medical Center

At Destination Medical Center (DMC), we are thrilled and inspired by the news that Mayo Clinic has announced a $5 billion dollar commitment to expanding its Rochester campus as part of the Bold. Forward. Unbound. in Rochester initiative. This is a historic moment for Mayo Clinic, the city of Rochester, Olmsted County, the state of Minnesota, and DMC. Mayo Clinic’s newest commitment to the city demonstrates the success and impact of the 20-year economic development initiative first authorized by a bipartisan group of Minnesota legislators and the Governor in 2013.

Not only is this the largest investment in Mayo’s 160-year history, but it is also the largest public or private investment in Minnesota’s history!

DMC was created to position Rochester as a global destination for health and wellness, and to support Mayo Clinic’s vision of transforming health care for the benefit of patients and society. Through DMC, we are leveraging public and private investments to create a vibrant, welcoming, and livable city that attracts talent, innovation, and visitors from around the world and solidifies Rochester as America’s City for Health.  Mayor Norton, in her remarks at the announcement, credited the DMC initiative as helping to “set the stage for this transformational project, in Rochester.”

Through 2022, approximately $200 million of public investment through DMC has helped attract nearly $1.5 billion of private investment from Mayo Clinic and other investors. Estimated job growth related to these initiatives total nearly 8,000 thus far. New public spaces supported with DMC funding include Discovery Walk, Heart of the City, and forthcoming Soldiers Field and riverfront redevelopment projects.

DMC successes through its first decade have helped create the conditions and opportunities that support Mayo Clinic’s new multi-billion-dollar commitment. Mayo Clinic’s Bold. Forward. Unbound. in Rochester initiative will expand its clinical, research, and education facilities in Rochester, enhancing the patient experience in addition to its ability to deliver world-class care and innovation to patients while advancing its mission of inspiring hope and contributing to health and well-being.  According to Mayo CEO, Gianrico Farrugia, M.D., the Unbound project will blur “…the lines across hospital, clinic, and digital care to help our teams anticipate our patients’ needs, accelerate more cures and greater connection to our patients.”

Mayo Clinic’s new commitment will also bring significant benefits to Rochester and the region, including:

  • Creating thousands of new jobs and generating new tax revenue for the state and local governments.
  • Attracting more visitors and businesses to Rochester, boosting the local economy and tourism industry.
  • Enhancing the quality of life and well-being of Rochester residents and Mayo Clinic patients and visitors, by providing more amenities, services, and opportunities for recreation, culture, and entertainment.
  • Strengthening Rochester’s reputation as America’s City for Health, and a model for sustainable and inclusive urban development.

As we celebrate this milestone, I want to thank Mayo Clinic for its leadership and partnership, and for its unwavering commitment to Rochester and Minnesota.  Minnesota Governor Tim Walz was explicit in acknowledging Mayo’s decision to invest in Rochester…” it’s not lost on myself, our administration or the people of Minnesota — you choose to make that investment in Rochester, Minnesota. You made a conscious effort as you looked elsewhere, where you could go, you said ‘No, this is the best place.”

I also want to thank the DMC Corporation Board, the City of Rochester, Olmsted County, and the State of Minnesota, and all our stakeholders and community members for their support and collaboration.

Together, we are enabling DMC to deliver on the vision and aspiration behind its inception and together, we will continue to make it a success.

I invite you to learn more about DMC and Mayo Clinic’s Bold Forward Unbound initiative by visiting our website and following us on social media. I also encourage you to share your thoughts and ideas on how we can make Rochester an even better place to live, work, and visit.

Thank you for being part of this journey, and for your passion and enthusiasm for DMC and Mayo Clinic. I look forward to working with you as we embark on this new chapter of growth and transformation.

Patrick Seeb
Executive Director
Destination Medical Center

Mayo Clinic’s Bold. Forward. Unbound. in Rochester is exciting news for Rochester

The news that Mayo Clinic’s board of directors has approved the $5 billion Bold. Forward. Unbound. in Rochester initiative to further expand its Rochester campus is a historic moment for our

city, our state, and our region, as we witness the world’s premier destination for health and wellness grow and thrive. “This is a transformative investment in the future of health care,” said executive director Patrick Seeb. “It solidifies Rochester as America’s City for Health, a destination for health and innovation.”

Mayo Clinic’s continued commitment to Rochester is also a reflection of the vision and collaboration that Destination Medical Center has nurtured and advanced since its inception in 2013. DMC, born of a bipartisan effort in the Minnesota legislature to strengthen Rochester as America’s City for Health with Mayo Clinic at its heart, has been instrumental in creating an environment that helped Mayo Clinic confidently commit to substantial expansion of its core campus. This unprecedented investment by Mayo Clinic coupled with additional significant public and private investment in downtown Rochester, is accelerating the Destination Medical Center initiative originally envisioned.

Over the past 10 years, we have seen this in many ways, including:

  • DMC’s ongoing stewardship of $585 million of public infrastructure funds, the largest in Minnesota history, to support improvements, public amenities, and placemaking projects in Rochester. The scope of improvements encompassed transportation, utilities, parking, parks, trails, public art, and more. These enhancements not only benefit Mayo Clinic, but the entire community and region.
  • DMC has facilitated the development of Discovery Square, a 16-block innovation district that connects Mayo with entrepreneurs, researchers, and educators. It is also home to One and Two Discovery Square which have a combined 290,000 square feet of cutting-edge life science amenities with such tenants as Phillips, Rion, and Mayo Clinic Advanced Diagnostics Laboratory.
  • DMC has supported the creation of signature public realm projects to enhance the experience and well-being of patients, visitors, and residents. The Heart of the City is a vibrant and welcoming public space that serves as the gateway to downtown Rochester and Mayo Clinic. Improvements to Soldiers Field Memorial Park will provide a relaxing experience for everyone, just a short walk from downtown. Connecting all of this is Discovery Walk, a 4-block linear parkway through Discovery Square that extends the collaborative environment within One and Two Discovery Square to the outdoor space.

DMC will continue to work with Mayo Clinic, the City of Rochester, and Olmsted County to make Rochester an increasingly attractive place to live, work and visit. Among other initiatives, we will be working together on the Link Bus Rapid Transit system and redevelopment of key riverfront areas along with a new Sixth Street bridge.

As these projects unfold, we will continue to approach them through lenses of equity and sustainability. Community co-design will be used in conjunction with Discovery Walk and other DMC initiatives to engage, hear from, and collaborate with our community. Work will continue with our partners in the City of Rochester to achieve sustainability and energy goals. We will leverage what we have learned in DMC’s first decade with respect to engaging businesses and other stakeholders impacted by construction to lessen inconvenience through Business Forward.

Mayo Clinic’s Bold. Forward. Unbound. in Rochester initiative is exciting news for Rochester. At DMC, we are proud to have played a part in enabling Mayo Clinic

to make a substantial new commitment to our community. We look forward to working with Mayo Clinic, the City of Rochester, and Olmsted County to fulfill our shared vision of making Rochester a world-class city that is a destination for health and wellness, and a place where everyone can live, work, and thrive.

Destination Medical Center Corporation Provides Direction on Shared Lab Environment

At the quarterly Destination Medical Center Corporation (DMCC) Board of Directors meeting, a request was made by DMC EDA staff for direction regarding the development of a shared lab environment at Two Discovery Square. This would be a shared laboratory space for life sciences startups for technology, workforce, and economic development with accessible lease rates and terms. The environment has the potential to attract businesses by reducing their risk and barriers to entry in the life sciences field.

“This is one of the more important initiatives we are involved in,” said board member Rybak. “Given the research we have seen, the shared lab concept will be a game changer for the Discovery Square ecosystem. While this is next to Mayo, it’s really about birthing other medical-related enterprises so we create more drivers of employment opportunities in the community.”

The shared lab environment has come to even more importance with the designation of Minnesota as a “med tech” hub by the U.S. Department of Commerce. The initiative, called MedTech 3.0, has the goal of making Minnesota a global center for “smart med-tech.”

If all goes according to plan, the shared lab space could begin operation in late 2024.

The DMCC Board also received a report from Dr. Lori Carrell, chancellor of the University of Minnesota-Rochester. The focus of the update was on the UMR Campus and Climate Action planning process and the future direction of the university. The Campus and Climate Action plan is being created to support UMR’s commitment to excellence sustained through managed enrollment growth by identifying time horizons and criteria for strategic decision points in a phased approach to facilities expansion.

When asked what DMC can do to support the success of University of Minnesota-Rochester, Chancellor Carrell responded, “The reality is you have already been helpful, and we want to be more intentional as we move forward. One way is in the recruitment of new businesses to Rochester. The sooner we can be involved in that process, the sooner we can meet their workforce needs.”

The board also received a report on the requirements for the 2025 DMC Development Plan. According to the DMC legislation, the DMC Development Plan needs to be updated every 5 years. The last time the plan was updated was in 2020. The 2025 plan will represent the halfway point of the DMC initiative.

“This is a perfect moment to review what has been achieved in the last 5 years, as well as an opportunity to take an in-depth look at the near future of the DMC initiative and what that means for our community,” said DMCC Board Chair Wheelock. “Let’s sharpen our thoughts and think strategically about how to keep the broader community informed about our progress.”

Much of the Development Plan update work will occur in mid- to late-2024 with the Plan moving for approval by the DMCC board and Rochester City Council in May of 2025.

The next DMCC Board meeting is set for February 1, 2023 at 9:30. a.m.

Main Street Grant Program a Resounding Success

The Main Street Economic Revitalization Grant Program’s completion was marked by a visit from Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development Commissioner Matt Varilek on a pleasant day in October. Over two rounds of funding, Destination Medical Center (DMC) allocated nearly $4 million to support over 70 businesses and organizations in Rochester.

MN DEED Matt Varilek pictured with Main Street Grant recipients, co-designers, navigators, lenders, and DMC EDA staff.

Patrick Seeb, DMC EDA Executive Director, emphasized the importance of downtowns as they embody the essence and identity of a community, whether it’s in Rochester, St. Cloud, Minneapolis-St. Paul, or Mankato. Recognizing this, the State of Minnesota wisely chose to support downtown areas in their recovery.

Destination Medical Center received funding from MN DEED to distribute to current and future organizations in three key business districts in Rochester for capital improvement projects. These business districts include the DMC district, the southeast Crossroads to Bear Creek area, and the Northgate area.

The grant awards ranged from $5,000 to $500,000, with an average award of around $59,000. Thanks to this initiative, over 300 permanent jobs have been created, and 22 vacant storefronts are now occupied.

While these grants were available to all, special efforts were made to reach out to BIPOC-, women-, and veteran-owned businesses in these areas. These efforts resulted in 20 BIPOC-owned businesses receiving grant funding, and 18 woman- and veteran-owned businesses also being awarded funding.

This program has played a vital role in supporting and revitalizing downtown areas, fostering economic growth, and creating opportunities for a diverse range of businesses and organizations.

CONNECTIVITY: The Threads that Weave Our Community Together

Surrounded by tents featuring the work of DMC and our partner organizations, the 2023 DMC Annual Meeting inspired attendees by sharing their key initiatives from the past year and what we can look forward to from them in the future.

Speaking to the group of stakeholders and community members were Rochester Mayor Kim Norton, DMC EDA President Dr. Clark Otley, DMC’s Equitable Economic Development Coordinator Wafa Elkhalifa, artist Ayub HajiOmar, and DMC EDA Executive Director Patrick Seeb.

The afternoon was centered around the theme of Connections. Mayor Norton began the program speaking about the physical connection around the DMC initiative. This includes the often overlooked below-ground infrastructure that is the backbone of any city, connecting vital services to homes and businesses downtown. Street and sidewalk improvements create a more accessible community, helping us move around, connecting us to the shopping, dining, housing, entertainment, and cultural anchors of our community.

Investments in public spaces were also brought to light. Mayor Norton added, “Soldiers Field Memorial Park is an amazing community asset that is getting a much-needed update. A plan informed by our community, it will continue to be a place where we make connections to each other and to our past and memories, all while leaving a wonderful asset for future generations.”

She also pointed to the Zumbro River as a natural connection, flowing through downtown and adjacent neighborhoods. With the Riverfront Small Area Plan nearing completion, and its vision for new public amenities, water access, housing, trails, and business opportunities realized, the community will find a new relationship to the Zumbro River.

“Another community asset- the soon-to-be Link Bus Rapid Transit – is a public transportation system that will provide easy access for residents, businesses, and downtown visitors to entertainment, jobs, and services along the 3-mile-long corridor – creating an even more accessible downtown,” stated Norton.

When DMC EDA President Dr. Clark Otley spoke, he expounded upon the multiple ways DMC invests in downtown Rochester. He provided two examples of “distinct but harmonious strategies. The first was DMC’s proactive approach to attracting new life science companies. One and Two Discovery Square were the early seeds that have already come to fruition. Proximate to Mayo Clinic researchers, educators, clinicals, and patients, these buildings are a welcome home to companies interested in tapping into the energy, creativity, and innovation of the top healthcare provider in the country.

“One of the things that Destination Medical Center and Discovery Square has allowed us to do… is be thoughtful, proactive, and purposeful,” said Dr. Otley. “We plan out the future rather than let it happen to us.”

In 2023, DMC will have been in more than 25 markets, hosted 80 influencers, generated more than 100 leads, and had its message in front of tens of thousands of key targets. Next year, the plan is to do more… much more.

Dr. Otley also highlighted the partnership with the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development – the Main Street Economic Revitalization Grant program. The program awarded nearly $4 million to businesses and organizations in three corridors around Rochester; organizations that were most affected by the pandemic.

Through the life of the program:

  • 71 businesses received funds
  • 43 were retail and dining establishments
  • 28% were BIPOC-led enterprises
  • The average grant amount awarded was $60,000

It is important to note that the grant recipients had to match at least 70% of the total cost of their projects.

Following Dr. Otley’s comments, Wafa Elkhalifa, DMC’s Equitable Economic Development Coordinator took the stage to speak about the importance of social connections in the Rochester community.

“By prioritizing social connection, we were able to design a public space with heated sidewalks to remove barriers for community members with mobility challenges. With Intentional social connection, we were able to encourage construction companies to participate in the “Inclusive Workforce Employer Designation”. Through Utilizing social connection, we were able to uncover the real barriers that our BIPOC communities face in their pathways to home ownership.”

She spoke of the difficulty of infusing diversity, equity, and inclusion into community engagement; that desegregating a community to create a true sense of belonging that understands and respects everyone can be challenging for any organization.

Wafa pointed to the Community Co-design concept as a successful engagement tool that has been utilized to prioritize the diverse inclusion of community members in designing public spaces, policies, and procedures in projects like the Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayor’s Challenge, the Main Street Grant Program, or the BIPOC Home Ownership Co-design.

“To answer the question, what does an ideal community look like? It is a community where social connection is intentional, prioritized, utilized, and celebrated. There are more of you when you are connected to others, so through unleashing your fullest potential we can lead and transform an “I” Community to a “We” community.”

Ayub HajiOmar addressed the crowd next. HajiOmar was one of two artists chosen to have their work placed in Discovery Walk, a 4-block long, linear parkway along 2nd Ave SW that will serve pedestrians as well as maintain vehicle access. His poetry will be featured on the face of benches spread throughout the parkway. An example of one of the benches was on display prior to the program beginning for attendees to experience.

Quoting Henri Matisse, “creativity takes courage”, HajiOmar related his family’s roots in Somalia, also known as the Nation of Poets. “Our culture revolves around poetry. We have ordinary conversations in poetry. In the old days, you couldn’t be a lawyer in Somalia unless you were a poet. The courtroom became a theater of sorts. Lawyers used linguistics and harmonious expressions to prove their client’s innocence.”

Despite years of war, famine, and instability, Somalia is experiencing a resurgence of resilience, inspiration, and success. “This spirit of resilience, inspiration, and success has shaped my work on this project as it is also heavily present right here in Rochester, at the Mayo Clinic & through the Destination Medical Center. I believe this is what makes for such a robust economy.”

DMC EDA Executive Director Patrick Seeb wrapped up the evening’s remarks with a subtle poke at our weather here in southeastern Minnesota. “When I travel the country or internationally promoting Rochester, we oftentimes make light of our weather here,” joked Seeb. “But I want to conclude by saying if you don’t choose to come to Rochester for the weather, come for the climate; a climate of innovation, a climate of collaboration, a climate of cooperation.”

Destination Medical Center Corporation Maintains Continued Support for LINK Bus Rapid Transit

(Rochester, Minn.) September 28, 2023 – At the quarterly Destination Medical Center Corporation (DMCC) Board of Directors meeting, the board approved $9.3 million in continued support of the LINK Bus Rapid Transit project. LINK is a proposed 2.6-mile bus rapid transit (BRT) route along 2nd Street SW that will connect downtown Rochester, the Mayo Civic Center, and Mayo Clinic campuses.

“This fare-free service is a great example of a public-private collaboration,” stated DMC Vice Chair Kim Norton. “It took the City, County, State, and Federal governments, along with Mayo Clinic and DMC to get us to this point in the design process on a project that will benefit local users, Mayo employees, and visitors to our community.

Construction of LINK BRT is set to begin in 2024 with service beginning in 2026.

Additionally, the board approved $7.2 million in funding for an expansion of the proposed District Energy System (DES). The DES could serve several public and private buildings in the DMC Downtown Waterfront sub-district and would assist the City of Rochester and DMC in meeting energy use and greenhouse gas reduction goals. The federal Inflation Reduction Act includes resources to aid in expanding the DES, requiring additional local funding.

“It’s important for Rochester to take advantage of the opportunity provided by the Inflation Reduction Act,” said DMC board member Brooke Carlson. “Leveraging those funds for a more robust District Energy System will go a long way toward meeting our energy use and greenhouse gas reduction goals.”

The board also approved a $4 million request for design and construction of the proposed Sixth Street Bridge project. In 2022, the City of Rochester was awarded a $19.9 million U.S. Department of Transportation grant to support the project. The new bridge will create a connection of street and trail networks across the Zumbro River.

Furthermore, the DMCC board approved the DMC Economic Development Agency’s (EDA) 2024 workplan and budget. Strategic direction from the board and DMC goals, guiding principles and priorities helped shape the request. It will be presented in October to Rochester City Council for approval.

The next DMCC Board meeting is set for Friday, November 17, 2023 at 9:30. a.m.

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About DMC
Destination Medical Center (DMC) is the largest public-private economic initiative in Minnesota’s history. The 20-year plan to transform Rochester into a global destination for health and wellness will attract developers, investors, startups, and entrepreneurs to live, work and play in America’s City for Health. For more information, visit dmc.mn.