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Rochester is working hard to ensure its residents and visitors have a positive experience in our city.

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Dave Bostrom

Dave Bostrom, Chair of the District Blitz Conference

"The Rochester Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Mayo Civic Center and the hotels are a pleasure to work with. They provide wonderful service and promptly respond to our needs."

Robin Giner

Robin Giner, Executive Director of the Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA)

"The Rochester Convention and Visitors Bureau was valuable in the coordination of various activities of our conference that incorporate the local community which added the Minnesota element to our agenda."

Dave Watkins

David Watkins, Chairman of the Board for the Minnesota Association of Christian Home Educators (MACHE)

"Our event attendees are families who feel safe in Rochester. They also depend on walking through the warm skyways which are a big asset for our springtime conference."

Mark Dean

Mark Dean, Director of Youth and College Ministries, MN District Council Assemblies of God

"We have found the Rochester, MN Convention & Visitors Bureau to be most helpful in the preparation process…The Bureau has served us well in providing resources to acquaint our students and leaders with the city…It is with confidence that I recommend the city of Rochester and its services."

Tom Brace

Tom Brace, Executive Director, Minnesota State Fire Chiefs Association

"The teamwork between the Rochester Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Mayo Civic Center, and area hotels has been wonderful. Their professionalism, responsiveness and eagerness to go above and beyond our expectations have been reassuring. The meeting space was very convenient because of its close proximity to the hotels and restaurants. And the connecting skyway system is an additional benefit to our attendees."

Floyd Reister

Floyd Reister, President, Rochester Chapter 24 of the International Society of the 173rd Airborne Brigade (SEP)

"Rochester will always roll out the red carpet, giving the veterans of any conflict the respect they so well deserve."


Cory and Annette Olson, Northland Youth Wrestling Association (NYWA)

"We are pleased with the hospitality and support our event receives in Rochester. The Rochester Amateur Sports Commission works with us side by side before, during, and after the event to execute all of the details."

Bob Metcalf

Bob Metcalf, Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States (EANGUS)

Mark Springer

Mark Springer, Head Coach of Tennessee Elite, AAU Girls Basketball

Mark shares his experience at the 2010 AAU Girls 12 and Under Basketball Tournament. "It's nice to focus on coaching."

Rick Schofield

Rick Schofield, a parent with the Indiana Blizzard, AAU Girls Basketball

As a parent traveling with his daughter's team, the Indiana Blizzard, Rick shares how he can be a spectator at more games in Rochester because they are all played under one roof.

Matthew Madges

Matthew Madges, Head Coach of Dayton Lady Hoopstars Black, AAU Girls Basketball

As a former AAU tournament host, Matt shares his appreciation of the work that goes into hosting a successful youth basketball tournament.

Marian Bender, Executive Director, Minnesota Waters

"I was impressed by the vibrancy of downtown, great high-end restaurants and shopping at all levels.  I have worked in big cities like London and Rochester has small-town closeness, but also the level of service that is up to big cities' standards.  The level of expertise and services was as great as I've seen in larger cities, but the connections are like a small town friend. The staff treated us as their personal friends."

John Perkins, President, Midwest Shrine Association

"Newspapers and TV covered our group while they were in town, not after; which supported outside attendance to our public events. Our Shriners loved it!"

Debra Freed, MN State Square Dance Convention

 "The CVB staff checked in with us frequently and answered our questions in a timely manner. The staff was very friendly and helpful. They all went out of their way to help with anything and everything."