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Google to open office in downtown Rochester

It will be the company's first office in Minnesota.
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FILE - This Sept. 24, 2019, file photo shows a sign on a Google building at their campus in Mountain View, Calif. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Google will be opening its first office in Minnesota later this year in Rochester.

As part of a partnership with Mayo Clinic, Google will be opening up an office at Collinder Coworking in the Conley-Maass-Downs building in downtown Rochester.

“Part of what drew us to partner with Google was our shared cultures of collaboration,” said chief information officer of Mayo Clinic Cris Ross in a press release. “While the pandemic has accelerated usage of many valuable forms of remote collaboration and virtual health services, it has also 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.”

While officials say the office will be opening later this year, no specific timetable has been established due to COVID-19 guidelines.

“Google putting down roots in Minnesota will provide sustained economic opportunity not only for the Rochester area, but for our entire state,” Gov. Tim Walz said in a release. “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.”