ROCHESTER, Minn. — In a story Aug. 9 about Tina Smith being elected to lead a board that will oversee a $6 billion makeover of Mayo Clinic in Rochester, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Gov. Mark Dayton on Friday named Smith to lead the eight-member board. Smith was nominated by Rochester Mayor Ardell Brede and the board unanimously voted to elect her chair, not the governor.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Dayton chief to lead board overseeing Mayo project
Dayton chief of staff will chair state board overseeing Mayo Clinic expansion project
ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton's chief of staff on Friday was elected to lead the eight-member board that will oversee a $6 billion, public-private makeover of Mayo Clinic in Rochester.
Dayton's chief of staff, Tina Smith, stepped into the board chair's seat at its first meeting in Rochester. Smith, who was nominated by Rochester Mayor Ardell Brede and unanimously elected by the board, helped shepherd the project through the legislative approval process earlier this year.
The Star Tribune reported that Dayton kicked off the meeting with a vow that Rochester "is going to be better, it's going to be newer, it's going to be more attractive, it's going to be more dynamic and it's going to have more people with more jobs" (http://bit.ly/1ckYLnK).
The project is the largest economic development project in state history. It will blend money from Mayo, more than $2 billion private investment and more than half a billion dollars in state and local tax subsidies.
Mayo's goal is to turn its already renowned medical facility into a global health destination. Its leaders say doing that requires a vibrant and diverse economy that brings the same appeal to travelers as cities like Portland, Ore., Madison, Wis., or Austin, Texas.
Within the first half of 2014, the board hopes to produce a design master plan for the project. Part of that will include seeking input from Mayo staffers, patients and Rochester residents what they'd like to see built with the $6 billion.