ROCHESTER, MN – There’s a feeling of celebration around the Mayo Clinic right now, and while many are focusing on what’s happening on this day, Governor Mark Dayton can’t help but look forward.
“Wanted to remain the premiere medical center in the world, they needed to take this major step forward, they’re actually on it. We’re actually on it, we’re going to great opportunity, great partnership. I can’t imagine in 20 years what Rochester and Mayo will look like,” said Dayton.
The legislation that was passed on Monday, calls for state of Minnesota to pay a portion of the cost to help expand the Mayo Clinic, specifically the public infrastructure needed for the growth.
Dr. John Noseworthy says he’s thrilled.
“We are talking about job growth, unprecedented job growth it’s just fabulous, we should celebrate for a day, then we’ll give you the plan for next,” said Noseworthy.
The expansion is expected to create more than 35,000 jobs over the next 20 years.
Some had feared that if the hospital didn’t get the state’s help, Rochester may have lost its position within the Mayo Clinic system.
“It this expansion and leap forward was not happening in Rochester, Minnesota it would happen somewhere else in the country. We’d be the big losers and they would be the big winners,” said Dayton.