First DMCC meeting takes place

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ROCHESTER, MN — It is being called the largest economic development project in Minnesota history and those in charge of the big makeover in Rochester came together to talk goals and the future of the Destination Medical Center (DMC) Friday.

To say it was a historic day for our area may be an understatement.

“This is such a momentous day for Rochester and for the entire state of Minnesota,” said Governor Mark Dayton, DFL-Minnesota.

The Mayo Clinic is already a destination for many people seeking world-class medical treatment.

“This project is so important to make sure that preeminence continues and that preeminence continues here in Rochester, Minnesota,” Dayton said.

The first meeting to make sure that dream becomes a reality is taking place. The Destination Medical Center Corporation (DMCC) board consists of 8 people including Minneapolis Mayor RT Rybak, Dayton’s Chief of Staff, Tina Smith and more.

The group will oversee the investment of $585 million in state and local public funding; in total, $3.5 billion is expected to be invested in the Mayo Clinic over the next 20 years and they are seeking an additional $2 billion in private investments.

“It’s this warm, warm community, it’s an extraordinary community and we’re going to build it even further to meet the needs of our patients and our citizens,” said Dr. John Noseworthy, Mayo’s President and CEO.

“It’s going to be the responsibility of this group to allocate the public resources this legislation is creating. We believe that those resources are going to allow us to take this city to the next level,” said DMC Medical Director, Dr. Bradley Narr.

The person who will be leading that cause is Tina Smith, the board’s newly appointed chair.

“I like to actually get things done so I think this just affords a tremendous opportunity for us all to do that together,” said DMCC Board Chair, Tina Smith.

No date was set for the board’s next meeting but it is likely that it will take place at the end of September. That is when they will learn more about the economic development agency, which has the task of promoting the DMC, Mayo Clinic, and Rochester.

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