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Chatfield looks to the future


Mon, Sep 29th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

Chatfield councilors, at their September 22 meeting, were joined by the Planning Commission, the Economic Development Authority (EDA), and some city staff members to hear presentations that may broaden their perspective for the city’s future.

DMC, John Murphy

Murphy, public affairs Mayo Clinic, spoke on the long term strategy plan known as Destination Medical Center (DMC), which is part of the business plan for Mayo Clinic’s future. He said their competitors, including Cleveland Clinic, John Hopkins, and Harvard Hospitals are working to replicate the “Mayo Model”.

DMC provides a strategy to create the places that people want to visit and the experiences that make them want to return, including the provision of services inside and outside the clinic. Improving experiences for clinic visitors encompasses, but is not limited to, choices for transportation, housing, dining, entertainment, and recreation.

Rochester is a city of 106,000 residents that hosts 28 million visitors per year, which is more than Orlando or Las Vegas.

Rochester has the third largest issuance of patents per capita in the United States. Murphy asked, “How do we keep that brain power?” He maintained that transportation is key.

DMC is a 20 year plan. It is expected that roughly $6 billion will be invested by public and private over the 20 year period. It is estimated that 35,000 to 40,000 new jobs will be created (16,000 at Mayo Clinic). The state should gain roughly $3 billion new tax dollars, of which about 10 percent is to return to the city of Rochester. The economic impact should spill over to parts of Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin.

Murphy asked if Chatfield is ready to support that growth with its schools, workers, and housing, while keeping its identity as a community.

Journey to Growth,

Gary Smith

Smith, Rochester EDA, explained that Journey to Growth is a five year regional plan. The goal is to diversify the regional economy. It is now 40 percent dependent on Mayo Clinic. He maintained that at the end of 20 years we don’t want to be more than 40 percent dependent on Mayo Clinic. The focus of Journey to Growth is on growing other sectors of the economy.

Several target areas listed by Smith to achieve their goal include advanced health care, computer systems, food manufacturing, tourism, and transportation equipment ma .....
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Additional prohibited use in the Ag District

Mon, Sep 29th, 2014
Posted in All Government

The Fillmore County Planning Commission at their September 18 meeting held a public hearing on the proposed added language to 604.01 Prohibited Uses (Ag District) #1. The new language will further restrict the Ag District from being rezoned. It ha ..... 
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Government this week

Mon, Sep 29th, 2014
Posted in All Government

• Thursday, October 2, Fountain City Council, Fountain City Hall, 7:30 p.m. • Monday, October 6, Lanesboro City Council, Lanesboro City Hall, 5:30 p.m. • Monday, October 6, Preston City Council, Preston Council Chamber, 5 p.m. • Monday, Oc ..... 
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Public meeting for repurposing R-P school complex in Rushford, Minn.

Mon, Sep 29th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

RUSHFORD,Minn.-September 25, 2014 – The Vision for Repurposing the R-P School Complex subcommittee is holding an open house to share concept sketches developed over the past month. The open house will be held on October 2, 2014 at 6:30 pm in the R ..... 
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County Sets Preliminary 2015 Levy

Mon, Sep 29th, 2014
Posted in All Government

The Fillmore County board, at their September 23 meeting, set the preliminary budget/levy. The levy numbers can be reduced, but not increased, when the final levy is set in December. The increase in the levy for 2015 now is 4.9 percent. The budget ..... 
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Peterson council addresses County 25 concerns

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Sep 29th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Government

With another packed house, Wednesday, September 24, the Peterson council attempted to iron out project details, cost, and funding concerns regarding the 2015 County State Aid Highway 25 reconstruction. Discussion has been contentious at times, as th ..... 
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Rushford Village increases maximum levy

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Sep 22nd, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Government

Changes to city contracts, Local Government Aid (LGA), and staffing have led to a decision by the Village council to set the maximum levy for 2015 at $400,000. The amount levied for 2014 was $350,000, which was a $10,000 drop from 2013. Now, the cou ..... 
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Canton looks into updating water meters

Mon, Sep 22nd, 2014
Posted in Canton Government

The Canton City Council discussed the town’s need for new water meters at their regular meeting on September 10. Town engineer Jon Nordsving stated there have been problems with the current water meters and several readers are malfunctioning or b ..... 
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Preston Sets Preliminary Levy

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

The Preston City Council at their September 15 meeting unanimously passed a resolution setting the 2015 preliminary levy. The 2015 levy increase may be as much as 6.94 percent. In December when the final levy/budget is approved this increase may be ..... 
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