Ranked as the 16th Best College Town in America by Business Insider, southeastern Minnesota’s reputation for talent development is recognized nationally. But what’s not as widely known is the unique collaboration taking place between higher education and the business community to help address the area’s growing workforce needs.
Now, with construction for DMC’s signature Discovery Square building officially underway, working together to ensure Rochester has the skilled workforce to meet the needs of the region is becoming increasingly important.
DMC is partnering with Winona State University-Rochester to conduct research into the gaps that currently exist in the local educational offerings and how to be intentional about filling those gaps as we develop future programming, specifically related to entrepreneurialism.
Cities across the country are exploring new and improved ways to design the streets and corridors that connect us to the places we live, work, and play. In downtown Rochester, DMC is looking at options to provide practical, safe, and appealing ways for everyone to move between the six sub-districts.
Most recently, designers for DMC have been focusing on the future of a four-block segment of Second Avenue SW. The corridor – which extends south from Heart of the City through Discovery Square and down to Soldiers Field – has been dubbed “Discovery Walk.”
“Connecting existing and future assets of downtown is essential,” says Patrick Seeb, director of economic development and placemaking for the initiative’s Economic Development Agency. “Discovery Walk will be an integral piece of the greater plan for the DMC District.”
Discovery Walk is among several downtown streets to be redesigned as part of the DMC initiative.
This month five Rochester businesses were honored by Minnesota Business Magazine as “Innovators in Health and Wellness” to celebrate local leadership.
Awards were given in sixteen different categories including: Startup, Software Web Application, Health and Wellness Campaign, Excellence in Facility Design, Health Care Executive, Medical Breakthrough, and Wellness Advocate.
Four Rochester businesses or startups were finalists in their respective categories and one local business came away as the overall winner in their division.
Charter House- Mayo Clinic Retirement Living was a finalist in the Health and Wellness Campaign Division. Charter House is a senior living facility in downtown Rochester, operated by Mayo Clinic, that advocates for healthy aging.
Healthtech startup OneOme was a finalist in the Medical Breakthrough category. OneOme’s solution, called RightMed, is a gene panel that analyzes patient DNA to determine how an individual will respond to medications for a wide range of conditions. The company was co-founded by Troy Kopischke, a managing partner of the Twin Cities incubator Invenshure, and John Black, a consultant in the Division of Clinical Biochemistry and Immunology at Mayo Clinic.
One of the goals of DMC is to position Rochester as an international attraction for those who are focused on wellness, not just coping with illness. That includes providing options for improving health and fitness, increasing the social connections that foster a vibrant community, and harnessing the built environment to promote well-being.
DMC invites you to join us for an upcoming event to learn more about how we can design the environment around us to improve our health and wellness.
About the Event: Join us for a conversation and networking with Peter Scialla, COO of the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI), who will present models and an evidence-based framework for designing and operating the built environment to promote people’s health and wellness. IWBI administers the WELL Building Standards and WELL Community Standards, the world’s first built environment certification programs focused exclusively on people’s health and wellness. The agenda includes a discussion about DMC’s wellness vision and goals, a Q&A session, and networking. To view the full agenda, click here.
Driving alone may seem like the most convenient way to get around Rochester, but traveling solo is not always the best – and certainly not the only – travel option.
Currently, about 40,000 people travel downtown for work each day, and local transportation studies show that around 75% of those employees drive to work. But with DMC expected to attract 30,000 additional jobs during the course of the initiative, planners have been looking at other modes of transportation to reduce traffic congestion and parking issues.
“What we learned time and time again from other cities across the nation is that transit is number one,” says DMC Economic Development Agency Executive Director Lisa Clarke. “It’s really critical to get it right on the front end.”
Short-term and long-term planning efforts to enhance Rochester’s transportation are underway. The week of November 13, the city of Rochester is promoting a fall Commuter Challenge to encourage workers and residents to explore different means of transit to get to work or around the community.
From coffees to keynotes, there have been an array of activities throughout the week of November 13-17 to fit everyone’s interests and schedules. “This year’s events really continued to grow what we started five years ago,” says Jamie Sundsbak, community manager of Collider Coworking and GEW Roch organizer. “We’ve provided networking, educational events, and inspiring speakers to celebrate entrepreneurs throughout the region.”
One such event was hosted by DMC on Monday, November 13. “Doing Business Globally: A Cultural Perspective” featured Dr. Peter J. Stark, an expert in international business strategies. Stark helped attendees navigate the unfamiliar terrain often encountered when conducting business abroad. “Doing business internationally is about more than understanding the cultural norms,” Chris Schad, DMC’s Senior Strategy Consultant, explains. “Dr. Stark provided insight on a variety of issues to consider when engaging in business with other countries.”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Rochester, Minn. (Nov. 2, 2017) – The Destination Medical Center Corporation (DMCC) Board of Directors today recognized significant progress toward several private developments, public infrastructure, business development, and planning goals of the Destination Medical Center initiative.
A significant highlight shared with the Board focused on job growth. More than 3,300 jobs were added since 2014 and construction activity at the four DMC-funded projects will result in more than 1,000 combined construction jobs.
The Board specifically acknowledged today’s groundbreaking by Mortenson on their Phase 1 building at Discovery Square.
“Discovery Square will be the place where Minnesota’s next generation of medical start-ups will want to be. It will create new opportunity for jobs, innovation, and economic growth and represents a major step toward fulfilling our mission of building America’s City for Health,” said Lt. Governor Tina Smith, chair of the DMCC Board of Directors. “I thank Mortenson, Mayo Clinic and the Rochester community for their work on the Discovery Square project. This is great news for Rochester and our state.”
DMC is dedicated to creating first-rate experiences not only for those who live and work in America’s City for Health but also for the 3+ million people who visit Rochester each year.
Since first opening its doors in 1938, the Mayo Civic Center has been attracting conferences, entertainment, and sporting events, balancing the needs of the community with those of visitors and clients. Now, on the heels of a recently completed $84 million convention center expansion and facility renovation, Mayo Civic Center is set to realize the economic benefit in 2018 after 21 months of exceeding booking projections in 2016 and 2017.
“New bookings are up over 30%, mainly because our spectacular new venues are helping us attract more and bigger conventions and meetings,” says Brad Jones, executive director of the Rochester Convention and Visitors Bureau, reinforcing the decision to invest public dollars into the space.
As part of the groundbreaking ceremony for a new, innovative life-science building in Discovery Square, Destination Medical Center (DMC) is hosting the Discovery Square Community Celebration and Innovation ShowcaseThursday, November 2, 2017, from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
This event will be held in the Discovery Square sub-district, on 5th Street SW between 1st and 2nd Avenues SW (just west of Pasquale’s restaurant). It will bring together art, science, and community to celebrate the progress that’s already taken place in Discovery Square, and look forward to its promising future. It’s also an opportunity to meet the innovators and entrepreneurs that are already creating great innovations in Rochester.
Airglow will bring interactive lighting installations, including a 40-foot inflatable igloo, to downtown’s Peace Plaza from November 4-11. The all-ages event will take place each evening from 5-10 p.m.