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DMC EDA Covid Recovery Actions

PlanScape Impact(s): Business Process ; Economic Development ; Entrepreneurship ; Governance/Public Policy ; Pandemic ; Recreation & Open Space ; Transportation ; Vision/Identity
Last modified: May 28, 2020 Public Report From DMC EDA


Presentation to DMCC Board May 2020



Series Introduction


Destination Medical Center Economic Development Agency (DMC EDA) is hosting a week-long webinar series titled “Road to Recovery – Navigating the Path to Economic Recovery,” April 27 – May 1 from 12:00 – 1:00 PM.

Conversations hosted by Patrick Seeb, director of economic development and placemaking for DMC EDA, will be conducted with key industry leaders from retail, commercial, transportation and hospitality sectors covering topics of preparation and best practices for post-pandemic realities.

“As we turn the page toward reopening the economy, these conversations will be both inspiring and practical,” says Seeb. “Business owners and public service agencies alike are creatively exploring ways to safely provide services while recreating the customer experience.”

Webinars are free; Registrations are required.

Schedule and Featured Presenters:

Monday, April 27: Office Environment

Featured Presenters:

Jeremy Jacobs, managing director/market leader, Colliers International

Melany Bjorkman, project interior designer, RSP Architects

Jamie Sundsbak, director of operations, Collider co-working

Register for “Office Environment” here.

Tuesday, April 28: Public and Private Transportation

Featured Presenters:

Charlie Zelle, chair, Metropolitan Council

John Reed, executive director, Rochester International Airport

Ia Xiong, physical development manager, City of Rochester

Laura Elwood, Chamberlain Concierge, Rochester

Register for “Public and Private Transportation” here.

Wednesday, April 29: Travel, Lodging and Conventions

Featured Presenters:

John Edman, director, Explore Minnesota Tourism

Joe Ward, president/CEO, Experience Rochester

Angie Richards, Area Director of Sales at Avra Hospitality

Debbie Van Ravenhorst, regional vice president, HelmsBriscoe

Register for “Travel, Lodging and Conventions” here.

Thursday, April 30: Retail and Restaurants

Featured Presenters:

Andrew Zimmern, TV personality, chef, writer, teacher and social justice advocate

Maureen Bausch, CEO, Bold North Associates

Svaar Vinji, owner and operator, Knight’s Chamber Clothiers, Rochester

Jennifer Becker and Erik Kleven, co-owners, Bleu Duck Kitchen & Oyster Bar

Register for “Retail and Restaurants” here.

Friday, May 1: Outdoor Public and Event Spaces

Featured Presenters:

Tom Fisher, director of the University of Minnesota Design Center

Jerry Hammer, general manager, Minnesota State Fair

Karli McElroy, senior director of placemaking, Rochester Downtown Alliance

Register for “Outdoor and Public Event Spaces” here.





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PlanScape Impact(s): Business Process ; Economic Development ; Entrepreneurship ; Governance/Public Policy ; Pandemic ; Recreation & Open Space ; Transportation ; Vision/Identity
Last modified: May 28, 2020 Public Report From DMC EDA

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  • For the commercial sector, we tend to register startup activities (new companies and new commercial projects) that bring diversification and high-impact opportunities to the area.
  • For the non-profit sector, we wish to shine light on all the organizations and services that otherwise labor under relative obscurity.
  • Our hope is that will encourage cross-sector collaborations and creative solutions.

While there are a number of registries in the community,'s  distinct value is to pilot a database with a data structure and categorizations that answer the questions such as: What organizations or projects/programs in our community that have purported relevance with some of the over-arching focuses put forward by initiatives such as DMC, J2G and Health Improvements?

This database could be used as one of the ways to explore the capacities of the community. If you are someone on an exploratory journey to learn about the greater Rochester community. could be an interesting first step.

The following defines the various project phases:
  1. Available - a product, program or service is in production
  2. Develop - program or application is being developed
  3. Plan - idea is solid, stakeholders are identified, and there is strong commitment to go forward from all parties.
  4. Concept Phase - idea scoped out with enough details to give an early sizing and/or to build a proof of concept
  5. Pre-concept Phase - an early idea or a requirement.
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