In Rochester, Minnesota there are seemingly endless ways to give back to the community. But Rochester resident Michele Nelson took volunteerism a step further when she and her family opened their home to two families from Mongolia as their infant sons awaited heart surgery at Mayo Clinic.
Nelson works in Delta Global Services at the Rochester International Airport (RST), where she saw firsthand the impact of the Children’s Heart Project, a Samaritan’s Purse initiative in which the group arranges life-saving operations for children from countries lacking the medical expertise or equipment available elsewhere. Now, Nelson and others have become the focus of a new RST-commissioned documentary that chronicles the five-week journey of patients, families, translators, hosts, and medical professionals as they navigate new life-changing experiences.
In every success story, you will find someone who has made a courageous decision. – Peter F. Drucker
DMC’s mission to attract people, investment opportunities, and jobs to Rochester is reflected in the entrepreneurial spirit of our community. Several of those entrepreneurs were honored at the third annual RAVE (Recognizing, Awarding, and Valuing Entrepreneurs) celebration in November.
Though Minnesota’s most apparent economic generators were historically rooted in farming, logging, and manufacturing industries, the state also has a very strong – but less recognized – history in technology.
Following World War II, Minnesota attracted more computer engineers than any other state in the Midwest. Organizations like Cray, Medtronic, Honeywell, and IBM became national players and put Minnesota on the map as a center of innovation. But the story of our rich history of technology has more or less been left untold. That is, until now.
Enter DocuMNtary, a project intended to build awareness of technology in Minnesota by telling our story through a documentary series. The series consists of a 30-minute high-level story about technology and shorter subsequent segments that highlight specific individuals, organizations, and initiatives.
Remember the children’s book series “Choose Your Own Adventure?” The popular young reader series allowed the reader to assume the role of the protagonist and make decisions that would determine the main character’s actions and the plot’s outcome. All the reader needed to bring is enthusiasm and imagination.
As the Destination Medical Center works to become a catalyst for growth, we are invited to start conversations that will help us choose our adventure in planning the future of Rochester and Southeast Minnesota. This blog offers a place to learn more about DMC and the seven areas that are being targeted for development. On a regular basis, blog authors will offer their views on one of the areas of focus for DMC. You’re invited and encouraged to ask questions and share ideas. By doing so, you, like the adventure books, you will help determine the outcome – which is potential and possibilities for Rochester.
Rochester is a vibrant community with a lot to offer. Every day, I talk with people who are passionate about Rochester and Southeast Minnesota. They want to see our community not just grow, but flourish. They’re interested in creating a bright future for themselves and their families.
Here’s our chance to choose our adventure. We look forward to having you participate in the conversation!