Strategic urban planning is key to sustainable development in a growing community like Rochester. It helps city leaders to maximize public dollars, adapt to changing demographics, and address the demand for housing, transportation, and workforce. While DMC helps shape the future of downtown, city and county planners are looking ahead to prepare for citywide growth.
“Planning to Succeed” or P2S 2040 is the city’s comprehensive plan intended to provide community members, business leaders, city staff, and government officials with a roadmap as they prepare for current and future growth.
Both the City’s Comprehensive Plan and the DMC Development Plan, which was endorsed by the City of Rochester in March 2015, encouraged extensive community engagement throughout the planning processes. “Community-wide participation is incredibly important,” says Patrick Seeb, DMC economic development and placemaking director. “It leads to better ideas, community buy-in, and long-term success.”
We love where we live. DMC will make sure of it. Small-town vibe. Big-city amenities. Rochester is a vibrant urban center for people to live, work, and play, full of entertainment, arts, and culture. Plus, it’s easy to get around with safe, walkable streets, a network of bike trails, and efficient public transportation. In fact, the average commute time to work is only 15 minutes. Add in the fresh, local foods, quaint neighborhoods, and job opportunities, and you’ve got an ideal place to call home.
To help illustrate the many ways individuals are transforming Rochester, DMC has created a video series called “DMC Rochester, MN Storyteller Videos.” These snapshots of forward-thinking people and approaches showcase the opportunities that exist in Rochester as DMC sets in motion a new future for America’s City for Health.
From walking and biking in the summer to snowshoeing and cross-country skiing in the winter, people are looking for fun ways to get fit, stay healthy, and – as a bonus – leave their cars parked in the garage.
The future City Loop is an ideal way to safely connect residents, employees, visitors, patients, and companions to places and spaces throughout the DMC District all year long.
The DMC vision is not one that can be accomplished alone – or overnight. But with the advancements that took place on the DMC Development Plan over the past year, Rochester is well on its way to becoming a premier global medical destination.
It doesn’t take an urban planner to recognize the qualities it takes for a city to be successful. DMC is in the middle of it all: growth, investment, culture, community, innovation… the list goes on. And Rochester is hitting the mark on each attribute, ensuring 2017 will be another year of success.
Jobs survey site ziprecruiter.com has named Rochester as the third-best overall jobs market for 2015, and second-best market for cities with populations of 250,000 or less. Minneapolis, meanwhile, snagged the site’s top spot (scroll down the page) for cities with more than 1 million residents.
Zipreruiter reports formulating the rankings based on data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and ratios covering both the number of applications-to-jobs and applicants-to-employers.
We will be live blogging from the Destination Medical Center Corporation Board of Directors meeting on Thursday morning. Check in often for updates as they happen, and follow @DMCMN for updates in your Twitter feed. As with all public DMCC Board meetings, a live video feed is available through Ustream.
Among the highlights scheduled for this meeting are:
– Handover of the DMC draft Development Plan to the City of Rochester
– Presentation from the Economic Development Agency Board
– Review of the DMC mission, vision, and goals
Our most recent newsletter provided a general overview of development plans and offered some highlights from the proposed DMC development plan. We’d like to take this opportunity to offer some more detailed insight into the frame of mind that guided the years-long process of research and composition of the development plan’s first draft.
The following guiding principles were established to provide guidance to the Economic Development Agency (EDA) project team in the completion of this development plan. These guiding principles resulted from discussions and direction gained from the EDA and DMCC Boards, stakeholders, and public feedback, during the Development Plan process.