Google announces plans to open Minnesota office in Rochester, bolster Mayo Clinic partnership

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (WKBT) — Google announced plans Thursday to open its first office in Minnesota in downtown Rochester as part of its efforts to bolster a partnership with Mayo Clinic Health System.

The office will be at Collider Coworking in the Conley-Maass-Downs building in downtown Rochester, a space billed as just a short walk away from Mayo Clinic.

The move will strengthen the partnership between Mayo Clinic and Google, which was first announced in 2019. The partnership is meant to “redefine how health care is delivered and accelerate the pace of health care innovation through digital technologies,” according to Mayo Clinic.

“Part of what drew us to partner with Google was our shared cultures of collaboration,” says Cris Ross, Mayo Clinic chief information officer “While the pandemic has accelerated usage of many valuable forms of remote collaboration and virtual health services, it also has caused us to truly appreciate in-person experiences and connection. We’re excited to have this physical space designed to deepen our bond and facilitate innovation, where Google engineers will work side by side with Mayo Clinic researchers, physicians, information technology staff and data scientists, to apply advanced computing techniques to health care problems.”

Google will officially open the office later this year once it’s safe to do so in accordance with state and local COVID-19 guidelines.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has illustrated the importance of coming together to come up with innovative ways of tackling health challenges,” said Chris Mueller, Rochester Site Lead and Software Engineer, Google Cloud. “We are excited to officially join the Rochester community and deepen our collaboration with Mayo Clinic as we work together to transform health through technology.”

Elected officials in the state also welcomed the tech giant.

“Mayo Clinic is a source of pride for our city, and we’re excited to welcome Google to our growing, vibrant business community,” said Rochester Mayor Kim Norton. “Google has long supported Minnesota businesses and nonprofits, and the fact that they’ve chosen Rochester for their first physical space in the state is testament to our reputation as a first class city.”

Gov. Tim Walz said the move was good for Minnesota as a whole.

“Google putting down roots in Minnesota will provide sustained economic opportunity not only for the Rochester area, but for our entire state,” said Walz. “This partnership with the Mayo Clinic reinforces Minnesota’s reputation as a welcoming state for innovation and economic opportunity. We welcome Google to our community.”