Diversity and DMC

Rochester City Hall

ROCHESTER, Minn. – A lack of diversity in the early stages of the Destination Medical Center project has some citizens worried.

The Council on Black Minnesotans met Tuesday with citizens in southeast Minnesota to talk about some recommended changes to the law.

Leaders say constituents brought up concerns about a lack of minority representation and a law that did not focus on it. So they are hoping to present some alterations to the current legislation by the end of the month.

“This is an opportunity to really live what we do here in Rochester by introducing, what we’re asking at least, into the language that women and minorities are represented at every level of DMC,” said Donavan Bailey, with the Council on Black Minnesotans.

Two legislatures from the Twin Cities have signed on to author this bill. State Rep. Raymond Dehn, DFL-Minneapolis and State Sen. Kari Dziedzic, DFL-Minneapolis have jumped on board.

Bailey said they are looking for some local lawmakers to help author it as well.

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