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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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Chatfield discusses church request to vacate alley

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

During the August 25 Chatfield City Council meeting, Allison Allen, representing Chatfield Lutheran Church, reviewed the improvement plan for the church and the reason for the request to vacate a portion of the alley behind the church. Mayor Russ Sm ..... 
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Chatfield discusses church request to vacate alley

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

During the August 25 Chatfield City Council meeting, Allison Allen, representing Chatfield Lutheran Church, reviewed the improvement plan for the church and the reason for the request to vacate a portion of the alley behind the church. Mayor Russ Sm ..... 
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Stipends OK’d for Chatfield EMTs

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

Ambulance Director Susan Kester addressed the Chatfield City Council at their August 11 meeting about the problem she has had getting volunteers to cover weekend hours. She noted that other ambulance services are also finding it difficult to get peo ..... 
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Chatfield grills Mediacom representative

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

Councilors made it clear at the Chatfield City Council’s July 28 meeting that Mediacom customers in Chatfield were displeased with the recent channel changes made by the company. Councilors Paul Novotny and Dave Frank were absent. Lee Grassley, ..... 
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Help Our Neighbors/tourism center

Fri, Jul 18th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

At the July 14 Chatfield City Council meeting a proposal from Help Our Neighbors (HON) to share space at the Tourism Center was approved. This non-profit organization was established in 2012 to help senior citizens stay in their homes. HON will s ..... 
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Chatfield awards 2014 public works improvement contract to Zenke, Inc.

Fri, Jun 27th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

After considerable discussion the Chatfield City Council made the contract award to Zenke, Inc., LaCrescent, at their June 23 meeting. Dillon Dombrovski, WSB, had recommended awarding the contract to Zenke at the city council’s June 9 meeting. ..... 
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Chatfield hears plans to host the Relay for Life

Fri, Jun 13th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

Deb Jorgenson addressed councilors at their June 9 meeting about a proposal to host the Fillmore County Relay for Life in 2015 and 2016. Councilor Robert Pederson was absent. Jorgenson and Wendy Kirchner have been working on plans to host the even ..... 
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Chatfield Center for the Arts to get a facelift

Fri, Jun 6th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

Governor Mark Dayton signed two bills on May 20 authorizing more than a billion dollars to be spent on projects across the state of Minnesota. The $200 million cash bill for construction projects includes $5,352,000 for the Chatfield Center for the ..... 
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