Destination Medical Center Corporation Board Partners with McKnight Foundation on Sustainability and Energy Initiative

ROCHESTER, Minn. (July 30, 2015) – With efficient energy usage and environmental sustainability increasingly becoming modern economic imperatives, the Destination Medical Center Corporation (DMCC) Board of Directors today approved a proposal from The McKnight Foundation to facilitate a new initiative focused on addressing these goals. In the coming months, the Foundation provide resources to Destination Medical Center initiative stakeholders for a discussion and workshop focused on sustainability and energy.

“The Destination Medical Center initiative is a once in a generation opportunity to ensure Rochester remains a global destination for health and wellness,” said Lt. Governor Tina Smith, DMCC board chair. “Working with The McKnight Foundation, we are eager to not only create a bright economic future for Rochester and the DMC, but also a sustainable one.”

“I want to thank the McKnight Foundation for their willingness to partner with us,” said RT Rybak, DMCC board member. “Ensuring that the Destination Medical Center initiative has a focus on sustainability will pay dividends, improving quality-of-life and the resiliency of the region.”

The requested discussion and workshop will:

  1. Educate Board and stakeholders on current context and opportunities for advanced energy and sustainability infrastructure investments;
  2. Produce a coordinated strategy and operating principles that inform and guide public infrastructure investments and explore parallel processes in the region for potential synergies;
  3. Identify metrics by which environmental, health, social and economic benefits can be measured arising from an energy and sustainability strategy framework; and
  4. Identify key opportunities for ongoing stakeholder input going forward.

In other DMCC business, the Board received an update on the draft 2015 DMCC budget, discussed the 2016 DMCC funding as well as the DMC EDA 2016 budget, its work plan, and five-year capital improvement plan, and CliftonLarsonAllen gave a presentation on the DMCC 2014 audit.

The next DMCC Board meeting is scheduled for Thursday, August 27, at 9:30 a.m.