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Planning is key to citywide success

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.”

DMC Storyteller Video Series: In the Middle of Community with Sunny Prabhakar

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.

Sunny Prabhakar

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.

Ride, roll, relax: The future City Loop

Improving options for year-round transportation is key to the DMC Development Plan.

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.

Kicking off 2017: DMC puts you in the middle of it all

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.

Growth: A map on the DMC website highlights the fourteen projects currently in various stages of development in the DMC district, including the Alatus Development Project in St Marys Place (#14), the Titan-OPUS Project in Discovery Square (#3), and the Lofts at Mayo Park in the downtown Waterfront (#9), just to name a few.

Investment: Private investment gained significant momentum during 2016 that put DMC on course to reach the $200 million threshold that unlocks $585 million in public funds spanning over 20 years.

Rochester Named No. 3 Job Market in U.S.

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.

Live Blogging from DMCC Board Meeting on Thursday

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

A complete agenda and board packet are available for download from the DMCC website.

Check out the video below for a review of last month’s meeting, which includes a 45-minute presentation of the draft DMC Development Plan.