Rochester has its work cut out for it. Its anchor institution, the famed Mayo Clinic medical campus, is set to expand – big time. In the next 20 years, fueled by $6 billion in development from public and private sources, Mayo will build the “Destination Medical Center” here. That could lead to 40,000 new jobs and as many as 100,000 new residents according to Mayor Ardell Brede. Doubling the population of a city in that short of a span can knock the livability right out of a city as we’ve seen in areas under going shale-based boom times. But Mayor Brede thinks the city can and will be ready for it.
“I think 98 percent of the cities in the U.S. would love to have this challenge,” he says.