Destination Medical Center board begins work in Rochester

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The eight-member Destination Medical Center Corporation (DMCC) board on Friday began the long-range work to oversee the nearly $6 billion dollar development in Rochester over the coming decades. It is the largest economic development project in state history.

MPR reports that Gov. Mark Dayton attended the first meeting. He appointed his chief of staff, Tina Flint Smith, to the board, which selected her to serve as chair.

“The development plan is a road map, really for how Rochester will develop and grow to serve the goals of the Destination Medical Center initiative,” Smith said. “And it’s against that road map of the development plan that this board will be able to evaluate individual projects."

MPR added that by the end of the meeting, it wasn’t any clearer what Rochester plans to do with the money, including $3.5 billion in investment by the Mayo Clinic and $2 billion in proposed private development.

The Star Tribune reports that by next year, the board expects to produce a design master plan for the project. In the meantime, the board will seek the input of Mayo staffers, patients and Rochester residents about what they’d like to see built with $6 billion.

The two-decade, multibillion dollar project is intended to double Mayo in size. The Mayo Clinic is the state's largest private employer.

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