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Initial Destination Medical Center Corp. meeting is Friday

Gov. Mark Dayton will convene the first meeting of the newly established Destination Medical Center Corp. on Friday at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester.

Dayton's office organized the first meeting of the eight-member group , which will oversee the public funding aspects of the DMC and work with Mayo Clinic's DMC agency on projects, according to the legislation passed this year.

Dayton will be on hand to welcome the board. The agenda also includes welcome remarks from Rochester Mayor Ardell Brede, Olmsted County Board Chairman Jim Bier and Mayo Clinic CEO Dr. John Noseworthy.

Friday's meeting, scheduled for 2 p.m. in the civic center's ballroom, primarily will focus on internal business, such as policies and procedures, selecting a chair person, discussing the Minnesota's Open Meeting Law and Data Practices Act and setting a timeline for reviewing and approving the group's bylaws and articles of incorporation.

It's among the the many efforts that will begin to help shape downtown Rochester as Mayo maps out its 20-year expansion. The DMCC will oversee the spending of $585 million in state and local public funding for infrastructure that supports Mayo Clinic's pledged $3.5 billion expansion during the next 20 years. Mayo says it can leverage an additional $2 billion in private money for its efforts.


Earlier this year, the Minnesota Legislature approved the DMC plan, which included the membership of the DMCC. The Rochester City Council last month approved bylaws for the group, despite requests from Mayo Clinic to hold off on the action.

Some members of the DMCC might choose to participate in the meeting electronically, which Minnesota statute allows, the governor's office said.


Destination Medical Center Corp. members

• Ardell Brede, Rochester mayor

• Ed Hruska, Rochester City Council member

• Jim Bier, Olmsted County Board of Commissioners chairman

• R.T. Rybak, Minneapolis mayor


• James Campbell, retired group executive vice president of Wells Fargo

• Tina Flint Smith, the governor's Chief of Staff

• Susan Rani, president of Rani Engineering

• Bill George, a member of the Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees, former CEO of Medtronic

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