Former DMCC Board member Senator Tina Smith visits One Discovery Square

Jaclyn Harold
Updated: February 14, 2020 06:44 PM
Created: February 14, 2020 06:34 PM

(ABC 6 News)-- Just a week after Discovery Square Two was approved, Senator Tina Smith who helped with the initiative of the first Discovery Square came to see it for the first time.

"To be here at Discovery Square and see how that's going, to see the progress that they're making, to see the opportunities that are being created for students here is exciting," said Sen. Smith.

The former Destination Medical Center Corporation (DMCC) Board member recalls the groundbreaking for the building just a few years ago, and she said she's happy to see the collaborative space doing everything it was intended for.

"The idea of that was to create connections between Mayo Clinic and the Rochester community and business and economic opportunities that can really fuel opportunity throughout Minnesota," said Sen. Smith.

DMC officials lead a tour throughout the building viewing businesses and student research labs. Students who frequently use that lab joined officials on the tour to share their experience with networking and opportunities through Discovery Square.

"It's important to see that follow-through from our senators and from our representatives to know that they work that they're doing maybe that doesn't seem like is affecting us really is," said Chandi Katoch, the President of the Rochester Student Association. 

Officials said One Discovery Square has come a long way since it starts and they will continue to work on new ways to move Rochester forward in a collaborative way. With all the success from the first building, Senator Smith said she was inspired.

"I'm thinking about ways that I can continue to support this in Washington, whether it be my work to support research for health or the work that I'm doing around the workforce and making sure that the healthcare workforce is able to meet the challenges that we have today and in the future," said Smith.

Smith made two other stops while she was in town Friday, one in Oronoco and another the Butler House.

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