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One last thing to think about is “class.” Mayo has not threatened to move out of state if it fails to get infrastructure funding. It’s been a class act, unlike a few professional-sports team owners. Sure, Mayo has many suitors for the expansion, but it will never pull up stakes — 20-story buildings are difficult to move.
The true significance of the Mayo-Rochester partnership is that it should stand tall as a model for other communities to identify their assets and leverage them to the maximum in partnership with highly capable partners. This could be the new Minnesota Miracle.
Paul Olson, of St. Paul, is a former president of the Blandin Foundation. He is at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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