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Gov. Mark Dayton Appoints Destination Medical Center Board Members

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Jul 26th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

By Mitchell Walbridge

A big step for the Destination Medical Center project is underway, which is the formulation of the eight-member board that will have the task of overseeing the state’s largest-ever economic development project. The DMC Board will make important decisions guiding the state’s $455 million investment in the DMC vision. According to the Governor’s Office DMC is expected to leverage an estimated $5.6 billion in local and private investment over the next 20 year while creating tens of thousands of new jobs.

The eight-member board structure will consist of four members appointed by the governor, a representative of the Mayo Clinic, two seats are reserved for members of the City of Rochester, and one from the Olmsted County Board. By law, the selections were required to be made by July 23.

Governor Dayton has chosen his four individuals to be approved by the Minnesota Senate. They include James Campbell, a retired Group Executive Vice President of Wells Fargo & Company, will serve a six-year term on the DMC Board; Tina Flint Smith, the current Chief of Staff to Governor Dayton, will serve a six-year term on the DMC Board; Susan Rani, President of Rani Engineering, Inc., will serve a four-year term on the DMC Board; The Honorable R.T. Rybak, the Mayor of Minneapolis, has been appointed to serve a four-year term on the DMC Board.

Rochester Mayor Ardell Brede and city council member Ed Hruska will be the City of Rochester representatives on the DMC Board. The Mayo Clinic appointed its representative, Bill George, a member of the Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees and former chairman and CEO of Medtronic. The Olmsted County Board representative to DMC will be County Commissioner Jim Bier.

In a statement by Dr. John Noseworthy, Mayo Clinic president and CEO, he commented on the importance of the DMC leadership, stating, “As we embark on this important long-term economic development initiative for Minnesota, it’s important that the appropriate governance structure is in place to oversee the Destination Medical Center-related projects.” Noseworthy commented on Gov. Dayton’s appointments, “The skills and expertise brought to the board by those appointed ... by Gov. Dayton and Mayo Clinic complement the strengths of the local appointees already in place. Rochester and Minnnesota will be well served by the DMCC Board.”

The Mayo Clinic is Minnesota’s largest employer, providing jobs for 40,600 Minnesotans, 33,000 which reside in Rochester.

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