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Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) - The most visible person in Rochester’s DMC initiative is stepping down.

It was announced Monday morning Lisa Clarke “announced that she has made the decision to retire, effective Jan. 4, 2021.” 

Lisa Clark signing beam at 2018 topping of Hilton Hotel - Kim David, Townsquare

She was appointed executive director of the Destination Medical Center Economic Development Agency in 2014.

As a Mayo Clinic employee in 2010, Clarke became involved in all facets of the DMC initiative that included significant planning and research. During Lisa’s tenure as DMC EDA executive director, Mayo Clinic and private developers invested nearly $1 billion in development projects. 

Kim David, Townsquare Media

“Lisa has been the foremost champion for the DMC initiative,” said DMC EDA Board President Jeff Bolton. “Through her leadership and enthusiastic collaboration with business partners, legislators, developers and entrepreneurs, DMC has made great progress on its 20-year journey to realize Rochester’s full potential as an economic engine for the region and state.  Although we will miss her daily involvement, we are pleased that she will continue as an ambassador for DMC and the city.”

“I am grateful for Lisa’s boundless energy and dedication to the DMC vision for Rochester’s growth,” said Mayor Kim Norton. “She has been at the table to address critical issues in the community and she continues to advance projects and programs to ensure Rochester’s future. The selection of Patrick Seeb as DMC EDA’s new executive director ensures continued leadership and continuity as we move forward.”

Patrick Seeb, DMC director, economic development and placemaking, has been appointed to succeed Clarke.