St. Paul, MN (KROC-AM News) - Governor Mark Dayton today made two appointments to the Destination Medical Center Board to fill vacancies created by the departures of new U.S. Senator Tina Smith and businesswoman Susan Rani. A statement from the Governor’s office says Paul D. Williams has been chosen to serve the remainder of Smith’s term, which ends in 2020, while Dana L. Bailey will replace Rani for a term that ends in 2023.

“I thank Paul Williams and Dana Bailey for their willingness to serve on the Destination Medical Center Corporation Board,” said Governor Dayton. “Mr. Williams has a proven record of success in the development of affordable housing and equitable communities, and Ms. Bailey has demonstrated an ability to bring diverse opinions together to drive economic development forward. Together, their expertise and unique perspectives will serve the Board well in its efforts to support the growth of ‘America’s City for Health’ in Rochester.”

Williams is a former St. Paul Deputy Mayor and is currently the President and CEO of an organization called Project for Pride in Living, which provides affordable housing for low-income families and individuals. Bailey was recently hired as the Executive Director of Projects and Initiatives for Minnesota IT Services to help manage the process of fixing Minnesota’s troubled vehicle and driver’s licensing system. Bailey previously served as Chief of Staff to the St. Paul Mayor and was considered the driving force behind the effort to develop a new professional soccer stadium in St. Paul.

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