Located in southeast Minnesota, Rochester boasts a central location for regional and statewide meetings. Rochester has been a significant player in the Minnesota meetings industry, and its location can be a decisive factor for many planners. With a population of approximately 100,000 people, Rochester is distinctly different from the urban metropolises of Minneapolis, St. Paul, Chicago and other Midwest meeting hubs. Like many mid-tier cities, Rochester has a set of specialized trade-oriented industries that have taken root and flourished, specifically healthcare and technology. The Mayo Clinic and IBM headquarters have established employment, population growth and advanced economic development, equipping Rochester with meeting capabilities of a city twice its size. The city offers a 120,000 square foot state-of-the-art convention center, 5,500 hotel rooms, elaborate skyway and subway (underground climate controlled walkway) systems, and many other offerings, exceeding the expectations for a small city.