The Musicant Group, a design, property management, and event planning firm, has officially expanded into Rochester, Minnesota, the group’s first location outside of the Twin Cities. They will manage and activate One Discovery Square, the recently opened life science center in Destination Medical Center’s Discovery Square, creating events to connect building tenants with the external community.
“We are here to build upon our initial consulting for the building and to foster events, experiences and an environment that builds relationships between Mayo Clinic, the Rochester community, and the broader business and medical worlds,” says Max Musicant, Principal Placemaker at The Musicant Group. “Now is a tremendous time to be in Rochester, with more exciting activity occurring than in any other city in Minnesota.”
In addition to managing One Discovery Square, The Musician Group will curate onsite amenities and building features, create inter-building management systems, and provide events for the building’s tenants, the public, and third parties wishing to rent venue space within the building.
Musicant opened its office in Rochester to develop a presence and begin to build relationships within the community after being hired by One Discovery Square developer, Mortenson. The team recently hired Community Event Manager Meghann Southwick to help expand their local capacity. Southwick has held several event and membership management positions with both the Rochester Downtown Alliance and the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce.
The Musicant team is beginning to create events specific to One Discovery Square, which includes a mix of both social and professional programming. “People should expect something that’s very community driven and focused on collaboration and sharing of ideas,” notes Southwick. “Relationships are so important to this type of ecosystem.”
“The Musicant Group’s engagement in One Discovery Square further distinguishes this as a one-of-a-kind place in Rochester,” says Chris Schad, DMC Director of Business Development – Discovery Square.
One Discovery Square, located at the intersection of 4th Street SW and 2nd Avenue SW, is now welcoming tenants, with a grand opening community celebration planned for September.
Over the past six months, the Destination Medical Center (DMC) monthly sustainability speaker series has generated enthusiasm, sparked new ideas, and inspired attendees to make changes that better the environment and our community.
DMC’s Energy and Sustainability Director Kevin Bright is pleased with the response to the series thus far. “Attendance and the email list has been steadily growing organically since December,” he says. “It’s been rewarding to see community members not only get behind these efforts but take an active role in Rochester’s environmental future.”
This summer, the sustainability series will continue with three diverse topics to further the community-wide conversation.
From coffees to keynotes, there have been an array of activities throughout the week of November 13-17 to fit everyone’s interests and schedules. “This year’s events really continued to grow what we started five years ago,” says Jamie Sundsbak, community manager of Collider Coworking and GEW Roch organizer. “We’ve provided networking, educational events, and inspiring speakers to celebrate entrepreneurs throughout the region.”
One such event was hosted by DMC on Monday, November 13. “Doing Business Globally: A Cultural Perspective” featured Dr. Peter J. Stark, an expert in international business strategies. Stark helped attendees navigate the unfamiliar terrain often encountered when conducting business abroad. “Doing business internationally is about more than understanding the cultural norms,” Chris Schad, DMC’s Senior Strategy Consultant, explains. “Dr. Stark provided insight on a variety of issues to consider when engaging in business with other countries.”
Sustainability is an increasingly hot topic in community development and construction, but it’s hardly a new concept. One of DMC’s guiding principles is for the initiative to be a model for sustainability that will strive to implement ecological urban design and building practices to improve and enhance the environment and quality of life.
To help achieve this goal, DMC and the City of Rochester hired Kevin Bright as a shared Sustainability Director to support the community’s efforts to go green. The position is funded by a two-year McKnight Foundation grant.
With the rapid population growth predicted for Rochester over the coming years, DMC and other community leaders appreciate the need to channel days gone by and rekindle the sense of fellowship that existed among neighbors before smartphones and Wi-Fi became the norm.
In 2007, a group of Ithaca, New York residents started a local festival to bring back a sense of unity to their community and celebrate local musicians. They launched the first “Porchfest,” an event that partnered local musical talent with area homeowners who provided porches, decks, and lawns where the artists could perform. Since that first event ten years ago, similar events have sprung up in cities all around the nation.
Rochester’s first Porchfest took place in the Kutzky Park neighborhood last fall when 12 hosts invited local musicians to perform outside their homes. More than 300 people attended the city’s inaugural event, and organizers are looking forward to an even greater turnout for Porchfest 2017, scheduled for Saturday, September 16.
Rochester is changing and it’s even more than a geographic and economic expansion. Minds are shifting, opening, and discovering ways to improve our communities and lives. Organizations and initiatives are being formed, people are coming together to explore ideas, and events are being organized that feed this new expansive way of thinking. The fact that Rochester is holding its second annual TEDx event (TEDxZumbroRiver) is a perfect example of this movement of the mind.
On Thursday, May 18 from 4-8 p.m., the second annual TEDxZumbroRiver event will be held at Autumn Ridge Church in Rochester. The venue seats about 1,000 people and it is expected to sell out as it did last year.
As developments progress in the DMC District and throughout the city, the confidence of investors and developers in the future of Rochester is becoming more and more apparent. Over the next 20 years, DMC will continue to drive the city’s growth and position Rochester as the ideal place to grow a business, invest in a development project, or raise a family.
Innovation and entrepreneurial thinking are critical during this time of transformation in Rochester, especially as Discovery Square begins to take shape. On May 18, hear from ten speakers during the second annual TEDxZumbro River as they explore “what’s possible.”
The TEDxZumbroRiver 2017 speaker lineup includesten speakers – six local and four national. The speakers were selected for their fresh and original approach to this year’s topic, “Possibility.” The lineup boasts speakers from the local community – scientists, physicians, engineers, artistic directors, poets, writers, educators, and beyond. Each speaker brings a unique background to the stage and is passionate about bridging gaps in the local community.
On a national level, the TEDxZumbroRiver curation team is excited to bring to Rochester, CEO’s, company founders, nationally-recognized authors, and world-renowned physicians to present their inspiring take on the topic of Possibility.