Urban Evolution Episode 10: University of Minnesota Rochester: NXT GEN MED – Groundbreaking Innovation in Higher Education

Dr. Lori Carrell

The vision of the University of Minnesota Rochester is to inspire transformation in higher education. It’s a vision that aligns well with a new groundbreaking partnership with two of the world’s most recognized brands.

Mayo Clinic and Google are partnering with the University of Minnesota Rochester on a pilot program called NXT GEN MED, designed to inform the future of higher education, leveraging machines and humans working together in an optimizing relationship to accelerate learning.

This partnership is a first of its kind for higher education and provides an accelerated degree for students. University of Minnesota Rochester Chancellor Dr. Lori Carrell explains more about NXT GEN MED and what it means for higher education. She also talks about the impact COVID-19 has had on the campus community in Rochester, Minnesota, and the uniqueness of the living and learning campus, which is focused on healthcare studies.

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University of Minnesota Rochester (UMR) students collaborate inside One Discovery Square. Photo courtesy UMR.

 

Destination Medical Center Surpasses $1 billion in Private Investment

DMCC Board approves funding for downtown workforce housing project

(Rochester, Minn.) March 23, 2021 – The Destination Medical Center Corporation (DMCC) Board of Directors at a special meeting today approved a report documenting 2020 private investment in the DMC district of more than $144 million, which brings the cumulative total since 2013 to more than $1 billion in private investment for development in Rochester.

Urban Evolution Episode 9: The Nordic Shop: Retail Success During a Pandemic

Walter and Louise Hanson

A Scandinavian retailer in Rochester, Minnesota is proof that you can be successful during a pandemic. The Nordic Shop has seen a nearly 300 percent growth in its online sales in 2020 thanks to a robust digital strategy, a keen understanding of its customer base and a forewarning of the impact of COVID by its European vendors. Louise and Walter Hanson, who own and operate the Nordic Shop and are celebrating 47 years in business and in marriage, share their story.

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Rochester, Minnesota aims to be a city of choice for remote workers

Rochester, Minnesota’s third-largest city, appears frequently on rankings of the country’s most livable cities. Factors such as civic engagement, affordable housing, a strong regional economy and great education options have helped the community stand out for years.

Now, Rochester is looking to build on that appeal by positioning itself as a great home for the post-pandemic workforce as many employees feel more freedom to choose their home untethered from their work locations.

VIDEO: Mortenson and project partners celebrate the topping off of Two Discovery Square

Mortenson celebrated the ceremonial steel “topping off” of Two Discovery Square, its second building in the Destination Medical Center (DMC) Discovery Square sub-district on Monday, March 1, 2021 with community leaders and the project team. The project is scheduled to open in mid-2022.
Speakers at the ceremony included Mayor Kim Norton, City of Rochester; David Mortenson, Mortenson Chairman; Patrick Seeb, DMC Economic Development Agency executive director; Brent Webb, Mortenson Development Manager; and Dr. Clark Otley, Mayo Clinic Platform Chief Medical Officer.

National Association of Women in Construction celebrates Women in Construction Week

Brittany Jewell (right) works on the Heart of City Phase 1 project. Photo courtesy Precision Hardscapes

“How many people are able to drive around Rochester and the surrounding areas and point to a school, hospital, restaurant, or apartment complex and say they were a part of constructing that?” asks Katie Reinhart, a project coordinator with Kraus-Anderson Construction Company and member of The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC).

A growing number of women, as ironworkers, bricklayers, project managers, piledrivers, pipefitters, and laborers, can say they were. From Sunday, March 7 to Saturday, March 13, 2021, their contributions will be celebrated by NAWIC’s national Women in Construction Week. The NAWIC banners you’ll see flying throughout the city all week are testament to Rochester’s support for the mission.

A Downtown Storefront for Rochester’s most creative ‘underground community’

Downtown Rochester shoppers have access to some of the most creative products in the community, thanks to a partnership between Threshold Arts and the Rochester Makers Market.

Threshold Arts opened the storefront at 311 Broadway Ave. South to the Rochester Makers Market last December. The shelves there are filled with one-of-a-kind works by artists, designers, and craftspeople like Amarama Art, CHOOCHOO-ca-CHEW, George Pottery, and Patricia Dunn-Walker. Shoppers can find everything from handmade brooms to eye-catching postcards, lushly scented candles to intricate felt sculptures.

Urban Evolution Episode 8: Food as Medicine: A Conversation with Canomiks

Food as medicine is a popular buzzphrase, but what does it mean? A Rochester, Minnesota startup company is helping to shape and define it. Canomiks is a big data company bringing scientific rigor and a whole new standard to the natural remedies marketplace that doesn’t currently exist with an end goal to help consumers make better choices. Co-Founder and CEO of Canomiks, Leena Pradhan-Nabzdyk, shares details about her company and its new, innovative technologies. As someone who has recently moved form the big city of Boston to Rochester, Minnesota, she also provides perspective on why Rochester should be a top choice as a work-from-anywhere city.

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Google to Open First Office in Minnesota, Deepening Collaboration with Mayo Clinic

Google office in Rochester, Minn. will provide a physical space for the two companies to work side-by-side to transform patient care

Rochester, Minn. and Sunnyvale, Calif., February 18, 2021 — Google continues to invest in local communities across the country, and today the company is announcing its first office in Minnesota, in the city of Rochester. Google has long worked with businesses and organizations across the state, and the company’s new space—at Collider Coworking in the historic Conley-Maass-Downs building in downtown Rochester—will give it a physical home in Minnesota, as well as will serve its long-term strategic partnership with Mayo Clinic.