“We are preparing students for jobs that don’t yet exist – to solve problems that aren’t yet known – using technologies that have not yet been invented.”
If you’ve heard University of Minnesota Rochester (UMR) Chancellor Stephen Lehmkuhle speak, chances are you’ve heard this statement.
UMR has a big job. They are tasked with educating the next generation of medical professionals and equipping them with the transferable skills they’ll need to succeed in today’s high-tech, high-touch world of health care.
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.
When the University of Minnesota Rochester (UMR) opened its doors nearly ten years ago, it created a truly one-of-a-kind learning experience. Hands-on engagement with some of the top medical professionals in the world has allowed students to play a key role in the ever-changing world of healthcare. Having students in the Heart of the City has brought a vibrant energy to the community.
UMR is an anchor in the DMC Development Plan for the Recreation District and lies adjacent to Discovery Square. These sub-districts will drive the future of biomedical, research, education, and technology innovation in both the region and the state.
Dr. Lori Carrell is UMR’s Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Student Development. Together with the leadership at UMR, Dr. Carrell is working to leverage the assets of America’s City for Health – from buildings and infrastructure to relationships and knowledge – to enhance learning and development of UMR’s students. DMC sat down with Dr. Carrell to reflect on her time at UMR so far.