A Message from DMC EDA Executive Director Lisa Clarke:
Destination Medical Center (DMC) was a topic at a recent 2018 State legislative preview hosted by the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce. In attendance were Republican and Democratic leaders from the House and Senate, including Speaker of the House Kurt Daudt, House Minority Representative Rick Hansen, Deputy Senate Majority Leader Jeremy Miller, and Assistant Senate Minority Leader Susan Kent.
As part of the discussion, the leaders were asked for their thoughts on DMC. There is strong support. All legislators agreed DMC is a model for economic development and job growth for communities throughout Minnesota.
Speaker Daudt called DMC a “win-win-win” for the economy – locally, regionally, and statewide. Senator Miller said DMC is a great example of a public-private partnership. Representative Hansen acknowledged DMC’s reach outside of Rochester. Senator Kent noted DMC’s ripple effect across the state.
This feedback is important and validates the significant role DMC plays as the largest economic development initiative in Minnesota. We have a wonderful story to tell – a rural success story – with much progress recognized in just a few short years with hundreds of millions of dollars in new investments and construction activity, and many milestones have been met and partnerships forged within the community, county, and around the state.
As the momentum continues, we look forward to sharing our knowledge and lessons learned with other communities. As Senator Kent stated: “We are one Minnesota. We’re all in this together.”