Google to Open First Minnesota Office in Rochester
As part of its ongoing partnership with Mayo Clinic, Google on Thursday unveiled plans to open its first office in Minnesota.
The internet giant will lease space at the Collider Coworking space in downtown Rochester. In a press call on Thursday morning, Google execs declined to share specific hiring plans or an exact opening date for the new space. Chris Mueller, a Google software engineering manager who will serve as site lead in the new office, said the company will have a “handful of Googlers” working in the office when it opens.
“What I can say is that the excitement within Google is palpable,” Mueller said. “We’re eager to capitalize on that excitement over time.”
The office will primarily house software engineers working in two Google divisions: Google Cloud and Google Health.
“Having this new space to facilitate our collaboration will really help us accelerate innovation and help us work towards our shared vision of a data-centric future, which we think can transform health care and reduce the cost of care” said Cris Ross, Mayo’s chief information officer.
Mayo announced its 10-year partnership with Google in September 2019. Since then, the two entities have been working to “build a lot of foundational work around how we store and manage data in a private and secure way,” Ross said.
“We’ve … moved 10 million patient records in a safe and secure way into this environment so we can begin to analyze it and use it for patient care,” he said.
The underlying purpose of the partnership: Use artificial intelligence to help improve treatments and diagnoses.
Kim Norton, mayor of Rochester, said that the new office “bodes well for the future” of her city.
“It’s especially exciting for the downtown area,” she said. “We’re very much looking forward to that revitalization.”
In a statement, Jamie Sundsbak, interim executive director of the Collider foundation, said his organization is “honored to host Google in our co-working space as their first Minnesota office.”
“Our co-working location in the [Conley-Maass-Downs building] was built for innovation and we can think of no better innovative partnership than Google and Mayo Clinic,” he said.
Google’s Rochester office will be one of a few in the Midwest: The company also has offices in Madison, Wisconsin; Chicago; and Detroit. Most of Google’s other offices are scattered along the coasts.