RESILIENT ROCHESTER: A Letter from Lisa Clarke

Our community faces extraordinary challenges as the coronavirus pandemic upends the health and lives of residents, businesses and community. We at Destination Medical Center (DMC) are aware of devastating hardships, especially from our city’s small businesses. However, we have only to look up at the Plummer Building aglow in blue lights at night to be reminded of the message it conveys:  we are in this together.

Five Questions with Chris Blade, Rochester Post Bulletin Publisher

Chris Blade Headshot
Photo credit: Jen Murillo

Chris Blade has been with the Post Bulletin for 20 years. She served as General Manager for 7 ½ years before being named publisher in June of 2019 when Forum Communications purchased the newspaper. The Post Bulletin is working to become a “next-generation” multimedia company developing and delivering content, technology and business services to the communities it serves. With over 500,000 visitors to each month, the publication is also focusing on bringing content and advertising online. It’s also adding a meteorology team, and a weather app due to launch this spring.

Destination Medical Center Corporation Announces Plan to Support Community through COVID-19 Pandemic and Releases 2019 Private Investment Figures

Construction work at Hilton Hotel in Rochester, Minnesota.

(Rochester, MINN) March 26, 2020 – The Destination Medical Center Corporation (DMCC) today announced that it will reassess its workplan this year with a special focus to help support the community and regional economy through the COVID-19 crisis. In addition, the DMCC released the 2019 private investment figures for the Destination Medical Center (DMC) district which totaled $272 million, DMC’s highest single year of investment.

Experts Forum in Rochester featured in Finance & Commerce podcast

A new podcast from Finance & Commerce highlights Destination Medical Center and the cluster of innovation in Rochester.

The publication recently hosted an Experts Forum at One Discovery Square with local leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs.

That conversation is featured in Finance & Commerce’s new podcast, Beyond the Skyline, a podcast about what’s next, creativity and the innovation in technology that are changing how we work and shaping the future of business throughout Minnesota.

Five Questions with John Reed, Rochester International Airport Executive Director

John Reed has served as the executive director of Rochester International Airport (RST) for five years. During that time, the airport has seen significant growth in passengers and available flights. A recent study from the Minnesota Department of Transportation found that RST generates $190 million in annual economic activity, supports more than 1,600 jobs and generates $9.2 million in state and local tax revenue. The airport recently received a Small Community Air Service Development Program (SCASDP) grant from the Department of Transportation to recruit new nonstop service to a western hub from RST.

World premiere of Dressing the Abbey comes to Rochester, Minnesota

A unique collaboration between multiple groups in Rochester is bringing a one-of-a-kind experience to downtown Rochester, Minnesota.

Exhibits Development Group’s world premiere of the Dressing the Abbey exhibition at the Chateau Theatre features 35 costumes from the acclaimed PBS television series Downton Abbey.

“This is a great example of how our community partners can work together to create new and unique opportunities in Rochester,” said Patrick Seeb, Destination Medical Center Economic Development Agency director of economic development and placemaking. “The world premiere of Dressing the Abbey is enhancing the arts and culture experience in the Heart of the City.”

Destination Medical Center is Attracting Private Investment from Across the Country

Destination Medical Center (DMC) is proving to be a magnet for private investment from across the country. In the case of seven DMC-supported projects, capital has come from Minnesota, California, Utah, Nebraska, Illinois, Florida and Massachusetts.

“One of our jobs is to drive investment and talent to Rochester and the state of Minnesota,” said Lisa Clarke, DMC Economic Development Agency executive director. “This shows that it is actually happening. We want people to invest here and stay here in Minnesota.”

Rochester entrepreneurs create website to inspire new adventures in Southeast Minnesota

Andy Vig (left) and Chris Lukenbill

Endless adventures await throughout Southeast Minnesota. You just need to be able to find them.

That’s where Shrpa comes in. Rochester residents Chris Lukenbill and Andy Vig created the online resource to share ideas for local activities.

“There were so many things to do that we were finding out about in Rochester through other people’s adventures and expeditions,” said Lukenbill. “They were discovering new things that we had never known about.”

“You can usually do the research by looking up Yelp, Google, talking to people, trying to aggregate all this yourself, but that’s so much work,” Vig said. “I’ve got two young kids, Chris has two slightly older kids, and there’s just no time in the day for that.”