Final Downtown Rochester Task Force Work Session

The final Downtown Rochester Task Force work session will be held Tuesday, March 14 from 10 – 11 a.m. This will be in an online format only. Registration is required for this session. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information on joining the meeting. This session will follow the same format as the in-person work sessions. Register for the work session here.

The Downtown Rochester Task Force invites the community and downtown businesses to participate and share specific challenges they are experiencing related to downtown. Together, attendees will identify both priority concerns and solutions. Once key priorities are identified, an action plan will be created to address each concern.

People meeting to discuss downtown Rochester.
First Downtown Rochester Work Session at Fagan Studios/Studio 324.

“The pandemic was a disrupter to many aspects of our national, state, and local economies. How and where people work, shop, and participate in activities has changed,” states Kim Norton, mayor of the City of Rochester. “While downtown Rochester has and will change, there are several opportunities in how we can strengthen and become a more resilient downtown. And we must do this work together.”

Patrick Seeb, executive director of Destination Medical Center, shares, “Everyone has a stake in a healthy downtown. Now is the time to be intentional about the steps we take to help accelerate recovery. We will build on existing strengths while focusing on the future.”

The Downtown Rochester Task Force includes members from the City of Rochester, Destination Medical Center, Experience Rochester, Mayo Clinic, Rochester Area Economic Development Agency, Inc., Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce, and Rochester Downtown Alliance.

An accelerated model in creating an action plan, which will allow participants to identify concerns and work on solutions quickly. The goal is to present an action plan by May 2023 to guide the Downtown Rochester Task Force moving forward. Register for the work session here.