P-B Dialogues next week on DMC
Here's the promo story that will run Saturday. Another question to be asked: How will Mayo's financial performance last year, and Standard & Poor's cautionary report issued Thursday on Mayo's finances, affect DMC's chances in the Legislature?
Destination Medical Center, Mayo Clinic's bold proposal to leverage its
investments in Rochester over the next 20 years and remake the city as
an international "destination" for medical visitors, was announced last
month and is now moving through the Legislature.
What's it all about? How would it be administered? How much tax money would be involved? What are its chances for passage? And is it really, as Rep. Mike Benson has called it, "the most important economic development legislation in Minnesota" of the past century?
On Wednesday, the Post-Bulletin will host an informal public meeting with community leaders to talk about the proposal and get answers to your questions. The Post-Bulletin Dialogues event will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Rochester Public Library auditorium.
Joining Managing Editor Jay Furst in the discussion will be Lisa Clarke, Mayo's administrator in charge of DMC; Dr. Bradley Narr, medical director of the initiative; John Wade, president of the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce; and Ed Hruska, Rochester City Council member.
The Mayo officials will outline the initiative, which could have a total estimated impact of $6 billion on the area over the next 20 years, while Wade and Hruska will discuss the public and private development aspects of the plan, which include a Development Authority that would make key decisions on how development occurs.
Post-Bulletin Dialogues is a monthly series of public meetings on important community issues, and as always, most of the 90-minute get-together next week will be a Q & A with the audience. This is your chance to get answers directly from people who are deeply involved in making DMC happen.
If you can't be there and have a question you'd like to be addressed at the meeting, send it to email@example.com or go to the Furst Draft blog at PostBulletin.com.