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.”