It was a packed house at the Mayo Civic Center as Rochester residents and those from surrounding communities gathered to meet the newly hired planners and learned about the planning process.
Those in attendance also got the chance to share their input on the future of the city.
Planners didn't just ask for ideas and inspiration. They also asked what about the city now should guide the process.
"We want to hear from the community -- what excites them about Rochester, what excites them about DMC, how we bring their thoughts, their ideas, the energy, the enthusiasm together to create DMC and bring DMC vision to fruition," said Lisa Clarke who works for the Mayo Clinic, EDA and DMCC Board.
DMC officials will also hold three more large, formal public input sessions as well as a few smaller ones as the process continues.
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