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ROCHESTER, MN — Destination Medical Center continues to move forward and now leaders are asking those in Rochester what they want to see happen.
Stephanie Frederick came to Rochester seven years ago because a family member needed to be treated at the Mayo Clinic. That was when she decided Rochester was the place she wanted to call home.
“That really motivated me to make a difference and do something for Rochester as Rochester has done for me,” Frederick said.
Frederick and her fellow ambassadors worked their way through the festivities of Thursdays on First and 3rd to keep people informed.
“We’re getting people excited about Destination Medical Center, everything that’s going to happen for Rochester, everyone’s going to need to be prepared to take the next step,” Frederick said.
It is all about giving. They will give you a free t-shirt if you give them your opinion.
“Grab your t-shirts; come in with the community and in addition to just celebrating with us, also, what is it that you want? Let’s get your input, let’s start visioning,” said DMC Manager, Heidi Mestad.
They want your input on seven categories ranging from “livable city,” “retail” and “dining” to “sports and recreation.”
“Right now is the kickoff today for the next eight weeks to start building these collective community vision boards around the seven areas of focus. A lot of people have great ideas and we want to make sure we hear them,” Mestad said.
Those ideas will be used in the plans moving forward.
“A successful DMC as a Destination Medical Center needs a community to support that, and there’s already been a community. The Mayo Clinic has worked its way, especially in Rochester, because it has such a supportive community and I think being able to enhance that and being able to build on that is so important,” Mestad said.
That is why ambassadors like Frederick feel the need to help out.
“People see things in the paper, hear things in the news, but to become a part of it and become part of the process, it’s exciting and then you get to wear it and people ask you what does that mean? So here you have somebody that didn’t know until they got the t-shirt and now they have the t-shirt and they’re sharing it with someone else,” Frederick said.
Rochester City Council President Randy Staver and Mayo’s DMC Administrator will also be speaking at a program at 5:30 p.m.
Organizers are also asking for input on Pintrest, Facebook and other social media.