Minnesota briefs: Leader of Rochester’s Destination Medical Center Economic Development Agency to step down

Noble Horvath

The woman who has led Rochester’s Destination Medical Center Economic Development Agency since 2014 announced that she plans to retire in January.

Lisa Clarke, the executive director of the public-private economic development partnership, will be succeeded by Patrick Seeb, currently the organization’s director of economic development and place-making. Seeb previously served for 20 years as CEO of the St. Paul Riverfront Corp.

Clarke built the partnership from the ground up. It became a 20-year, $5.6 billion initiative that is the largest public-private partnership in state history and aims to transform Rochester into a global destination for health and wellness as well as turn it into an economic development asset for the state.

“Lisa has been the foremost champion for the DMC initiative,” board President Jeff Bolton said. “Through her leadership and enthusiastic collaboration with business partners, legislators, developers and entrepreneurs, DMC has made great progress on its 20-year journey.”


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Destination Maternity (DEST) Has Fallen 96% in Last One Year, Underperforms Market

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If you are looking for the best ideas for your portfolio you may want to consider some of Choice Equities Capital Management’s top stock picks. Choice Equities Capital Management, an investment management firm, is bearish on Destination Maternity Corp (NYSE:DEST) stock. In its Q2 2019 investor letter – you can download a copy here – the firm discussed its investment thesis on Destination Maternity Corp (NYSE:DEST) stock. Destination Maternity Corp (NYSE:DEST) is the largest designer and retailer of maternity apparel.

On July 24, 2019, Choice Equities Capital Management had released its Q2 2019 investor letter. Destination Maternity Corp (NYSE:DEST) stock has posted a return of -96.0% in the trailing one year period, underperforming the S&P 500 Index which returned 13.8% in the same period. This suggests that the investment firm was right in its decision to sell the stock in Q2 2019. On a year-to-date basis, Destination Maternity Corp (NYSE:DEST)

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Y’all Hospitality wants RiverCenter Covington to be a ‘destination’

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Butler’s Pantry in Covington offers a coffee bar, sit down restaurant, outdoor patio, bakery and store with everyday items from local purveyors like milk, eggs, coffee and fresh produce. They also offer sandwiches, salads and an outdoor grill for food to grab on the go. Their full lunch menu. (Photo: Phil Didion)

Correction: Y’all Hospitality is no longer affiliated with Boquet. 

Can you imagine yourself hanging out all night at RiverCenter Covington? That’s the vision for the team in charge of its revitalization. 

The newly opened Butler’s Pantry Market and Café are just the first steps in a vision for RiverCenter as the next Greater Cincinnati “destination,” akin to The Banks, Over-the-Rhine or Mainstrasse. 

The reimagining of RiverCenter is being led in part by Y’all Hospitality’s Mitch Arens, a Northern Kentucky native with an “arsenal” of ideas. 

Butler’s Pantry Market opened with a focus on grab-and-go items for the

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Destination Door County publishes eco-friendly tourism principles

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The Door County Land Trust hosted a guided trail hike through the Heins Creek Nature Preserve, 7112 Wisconsin 57, south of Baileys Harbor, on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015. Heins Creek, a Class 2 trout stream, meanders through a northern forest and sand dunes on the 74-acre property. Tina M. Gohr/Your Key to the Door Weekly (Photo: Tina M. Gohr/Your Key to the Door Weekly)

DOOR COUNTY – Beyond local businesses and entertainment, Door County’s scenic landscapes draw tourists to the area in droves every year. With that in mind, the county’s tourism bureau has created guidelines for tourists and locals alike to explore these natural treasures responsibly.

Destination Door County joined forces with Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, a Colorado-based environmental education nonprofit, to draft seven principles aimed at lessening human’s impact on the local environment, according to a press release from the organization.


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Sunday Goods Is A Paragon Of Cannabis Culture In Phoenix

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Destination Dispensary celebrates cannabis retail’s highest design concepts across North America. Each aesthetically elevated store featured has redefined and set a new standard for the cannabis shopping experience in the post-legalization era.

“Feel good.” Sunday Goods, the Phoenix-based purveyor of sungrown cannabis, has a simple mission, but its recently-opened inaugural dispensary in Phoenix exemplifies the company’s ethos as far beyond basic. 

Originally founded in 2016 by Yoram Heller and Randy Smith, Sunday Goods pioneered cultivation in the Grand Canyon State at a 320,000 square-foot Dutch glass greenhouse known as “The Pharm”—one of the largest of its kind in the country. Sunday Goods grows a copious amount of cannabis for its self-branded collection, spanning flower, oil and pre-rolls, found on medical dispensary shelves across Arizona and in adult-use retail partners throughout California. 

Four years later, the doors are finally open at the Sunday Goods flagship store in Phoenix, bringing

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How Destination Marketers Can Build A Strong Shoulder Season This Fall

Noble Horvath

Co-Founder of The Abbi Agency, a digital engagement firm providing outreach strategies to travel destinations, tech companies and B2B brands.

Right now is a dangerous time for destination marketers. Many outdoors-oriented destinations have experienced a remarkably busy summer — especially remarkable, given all the concern about Covid-19 — and it’s tempting to think that the momentum will carry over into the autumn months as well. That’s dangerous thinking, and it could put the long-term financial health of destinations and individual properties at risk.

Two factors are at play: First, the autumn shoulder season is typically tough for many outdoors-oriented destinations, whether they’re in the mountains, along the seashore or nestled in some other attractive spot. Summer vacations are over, kids are back in school and the weather sometimes can be unpredictable for outdoor activities.

The second factor is that this fall season could be particularly challenging. Nearly one

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This Beloved Tourist Destination Has Become a COVID Superspreader

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The Las Vegas Strip is now a “hotspot” in more ways than one. Where before it was considered a top tourist destination, Las Vegas is gaining a new reputation as ground zero for COVID superspreader events.

a lit up city at night: If you want to burn a hole in your back pocket, well, welcome to Vegas, baby. Casinos are purposely created to encourage spending money, and The Strip was built to house the biggest and the best gaming rooms. In fact, the average person spends $200 to $250 a day in Las Vegas. Yes, the shows are mesmerizing, there's glamour (if you're looking for it), and the lights are distracting, but you know you're there to drop some cash.

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If you want to burn a hole in your back pocket, well, welcome to Vegas, baby. Casinos are purposely created to encourage spending money, and The Strip was built to house the biggest and the best gaming rooms. In fact, the average person spends $200 to $250 a day in Las Vegas. Yes, the shows are mesmerizing, there’s glamour (if you’re looking for it), and the lights are distracting, but you know you’re there to drop some cash.

According to the Harvard Global Health COVID-19 tracker, Nevada currently has the third-highest concentration of coronavirus cases in the nation. The vast majority of those cases are in Clark County, which

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Uncharted Destination:Know all about Tuvalu island, one of the least visited travel destinations, to add to your bucket list

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Christopher Columbus may have been the original travel enthusiast and in his thirst to find India he ended up discovering most of what the world had to offer. However, there are some places that are so much off the beaten path, that you will be surprised that more people do not flock there in their downtime.

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Untouched and uncommercialized places are hard to come by, especially nowadays, in the digital world, where headlines document over tourism in several places. Where places like France have documented nearly 87 million international visitors in a single year, a small island by the name of Tuvalu, in the South Pacific has recorded only 2000 international tourists in the same amount of time.

Whether you are looking to get away from

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Despite Covid-19 Pandemic, Africa Still A Prime Investment Destination

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Participants Affirm At African Development Bank (AfDB) Webinar For Asian Audiences

The webinar noted that the policy recommendations of the African Economic Outlook Supplement could be regarded as important opportunities for investments

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, September 14, 2020/ — Participants at a webinar to present the African Development Bank’s (www.AfDB.org) African Economic Outlook Supplement (https://bit.ly/33pjJjy) to Asian audiences on Monday have endorsed the report as critical for post-COVID-19 Africa.

The supplement revises the growth projections and outlook for Africa for 2020 and 2021 and highlights the impact of COVID–19 on Africa’s socio-economic landscape. It recommends policy responses to safely reopen economies and accelerate growth recovery.

“Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, investment opportunities still abound in Africa,” said Tetsushi Sonobe, the Dean of the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI). “Global markets are shifting to South Asia and Africa. In a sense, Africa is not very far for Asian investors who might be

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