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Background Information from Business Appreciation Luncheon, February 10, 2016

City Business News

November 30, 2016
Save the date
The Rosemount Port Authority will host the annual Business Appreciation Luncheon this winter. Watch for your invitation to the event, to be held on Thursday, February 16, at the Community Center’s Banquet Hall.

November 23, 2016
New homes approved by Planning Commission
The Rosemount Planning Commission last night recommended in favor of plans for two housing developments. An apartment project would have 225 units south of 145th Street and east of the railroad tracks. And the fifth addition to the Bella Vista subdivision provides room for 41 single-family lots. Both projects will go before the City Council next month.

Business Excellence winner
Congratulations to Deb McConnell of Medi-CAR Auto Repair. Last week she was honored with the Woman/Minority Owned Business Award at the Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Business Excellence Awards.

Restaurant opens 
City officials joined the Chamber to welcome Arby’s to the community.

A workshop for real estate agents and appraisers
Dakota County and the U of Minnesota are sponsoring a continuing education workshop on septic systems geared to Realtors and appraisers. Training topics include onsite sewage treatment basics, illegal systems, regulatory overview, private well water test requirements and more. The event will take place February 9 in Apple Valley. Learn more at www.dakotacounty.us and search septic system training.

November 15, 2016

Council actions
The City Council last night canvassed and confirmed the results of last week’s election, in which Jeff Weisensel and Heidi Freske were elected to terms on the Council beginning in January.

The Council also approved the contract for Rosemount’s new City Administrator, Logan Martin, who will begin work January 3. Martin comes from the same position in Bayport, Minn., and told the Council he’s looking forward to starting duties in Rosemount. 

Thriving in the North
That’s the name of a promotional magazine supported by the state to bring Minnesota communities to the attention of site selectors around the country. Rosemount is among the locations featured in advertisements (page 94). [See the online version.]

Super opportunities for diverse businesses
The NFL and the local host community are gearing up for Super Bowl LII to be played in Minneapolis in 2018. The Business Connect program offers help to “qualified, diverse, and underutilized businesses” in Minnesota that would like to compete to provide services for this major event. Learn more on the host committee website.

November 9, 2016
Council picks new City Administrator
The Council will vote Monday on a contract for a new City Administrator. Council members offered the post to Logan Martin, who currently holds the same position in Bayport, Minnesota. He was one of 39 applicants to lead Rosemount’s staff following the retirement of Dwight Johnson. If the contract is approved, Martin will begin work on January 3. [See details.]

November 2, 2016

Holiday helpers
The Rosemount City Council last night expressed its thanks to businesses and organizations that are helping the “Shop with a Cop” program organized by the Police Department. Officers hope to help 20 families with children who need support and allow them to buy gifts for loved ones this holiday season. They are also collecting for snacks and breakfast bars for kids whose families cannot supply them. The effort is possible through money raised by Police personnel bagging groceries at Cub Foods, and through generous donations by the American Legion. 


October 26, 2016
Planning actions
The Rosemount Planning Commission last night opened a public hearing on a proposal to build a 232-apartment development near Downtown in the parcel between the railroad tracks and El Dorado Packaging (formerly Greif Bros.). Commissioners voted to request more information on the project and resume the hearing November 22.

Careers in Energy Week
Minnesota this month observed Careers in Energy Week in recognition of the importance that energy has on the daily lives of all Minnesotans and the valuable careers the industry provides. The event is intended to raise public awareness about the high-quality careers and wide range of employment opportunities available in the energy sector. Wages in this sector are the second highest in Minnesota – paying an average of $102,110 a year in 2015.


October 19, 2016

Housing approved
The City Council last night okayed the plans for 170 residential lots in the Greystone III subdivision on Akron Avenue north of County Road 42. The Council also approved 11 townhomes to be built near the water tower at Chippendale and 42.

Ads on ice
Place your advertising messages in front of the 100,000 people who attend events at the Rosemount Ice Arena each year. Spots are available on signage in the arena, on TV monitors in high-traffic areas, and even on the ice-resurfacing machine. Learn more about this promotional opportunity.

Check out our Business Directory
The City website now includes a directory of businesses located in Rosemount. If you submitted a listing, take a look at this link. If you’d like to make your business a part of it, fill out the form at:
http://rs-forms.ci.rosemount.mn.us:81/Forms/BusinessDirectory .


October 12, 2016

Change coming for Co Rd 42
To make traffic smoother and safer, the City, county, and state will rebuild the Highways 52/42 interchange next year. County Road 42 will be shut down for most of the summer and fall. Learn more about this major project during an open house next Wednesday, October 19, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Community Center. You can review the concept and provide comments at any time during the open house. [Learn more about the event.]

Project on McAndrews
The county will be drilling for pavement and soil core samples along McAndrews Road in and near Rosemount. The project begins this week and continues through next week. No major traffic impact is expected. 


October 5, 2016

Trees on the move
The City Council last night approved the move of the annual Lions Christmas tree sale to the parking lot of Rosemount Village (the shopping center anchored by Cub Foods). The old location is now the site of final construction for Arby’s and Chipotle.

September 28, 2016
Tools to attract and develop your workforce
This week concludes Workforce Development Month in Minnesota. The state has identified “strengthening the talent pool” as a key goal to help businesses and the overall economy thrive. The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development has pulled together resources that can benefit employers; see it on the DEED website.

More homes coming
The Rosemount Planning Commission last night recommended approval of plans for Greystone III, a 170-lot subdivision northeast of Akron Avenue and County Road 42. The City Council will consider the plans next month.

A dedication Downtown

The City Council joined county and state officials at the dedication of the Dakota CDA’s Cambrian Commons, a 60-unit senior development on South Robert Trail.


September 14, 2016
Proposed purchase in UMore
The developer Opus Group has offered to buy 158 acres of land in UMore Park to develop an industrial research park. The land is just to the east of DCTC. Opus has proposed developing the site over a ten-year period. A committee of the University Board of Regents will consider the $14 million proposal next month.

August 25, 2016
Banking plans
The Planning Commission Tuesday night gave its approval to plans by First State Bank of Rosemount to reconfigure its Downtown drive-through on 145th Street. Under the plans, the drive-through windows will be moved from the street side of the building to its rear, improving traffic flow, parking, and safety. The City Council will consider the plans next month. [See details.]


August 17, 2016
More rooftops
The City Council last night gave preliminary approval to 186 residential lots at Prestwick Place, west of Akron and a half-mile north of County Road 42. Land grading will begin within days.

Ribbon event
The City joined with Chamber members yesterday for the ribbon cutting at the Swag Shop, offering a wide range of team apparel and promotional products on 145th Street in Downtown Rosemount.

July 29, 2016
City Administrator to retire
Rosemount City Administrator Dwight Johnson informed the City Council this week that he plans to retire from his post by the end of the year. Johnson has served Rosemount for eight years, supervising budgets that improved the City’s competitive stance and overseeing projects that expanded facilities to serve more residents. The City Council will choose an executive search firm to recruit applicants for the position, which directs the City’s staff to carry out Council goals.

Two ribbons, two new businesses
The City Council joined the Chamber last week to welcome HealthPro Chiropractic to its new offices in Waterford Commons in Downtown Rosemount. 
And the Council and Chamber helped cut the ribbon on Monday for the official grand opening of Culver’s on South Robert Trail. The company’s co-founder, Craig Culver, joined the celebration Downtown.

June 15, 2016
Free business counseling
The City continues to contract with the non-profit Open to Business to provide one-on-one business counseling to current and prospective entrepreneurs. The next open session will be on Wednesday, July 22, from 1 to 3 p.m. at City Hall. It’s at no cost to any resident or business owner. Consultants work to develop a strong business plan, identify challenges and opportunities, and tailor solutions. In addition to direct consulting, Open to Business program staff can link entrepreneurs with additional resources to help them succeed, including training programs, community or governmental services, and industry and business professionals. [Learn more.]

Arts bring customers
Downtown will see additional visitors beginning Saturday for the week-long Art Blast. Events include competitions and plenty of hands-on activities for all ages. The Rosemount Area Arts Council coordinates the activities. [See the event guide.]


June 8, 2016
Drive-through to be added
The City Council last night approved plans by Caribou to add a drive-through lane and window to its location off County Road 42. The plans were slightly modified from ones approved by the Council previously.

June 2, 2016
Rosemount’s Employer of Excellence
MRCI WorkSource, with a location in the Rosemount Business Park, was recognized last week in the Employers of Excellence program organized by the Dakota-Scott Workforce Development Board. MRCI was cited in the category of employers with 50-200 employees, noted for a low turnover rate and high level of participation in training.

 
May 25, 2016
Planning neighborhoods for the next 25 years
City planners are meeting with specific neighborhoods as part of the process to update Rosemount’s Comprehensive Plan. That document will provide guidelines for how the community should develop out to the year 2040. Three areas are coming up for special attention. One is an area presently guided for rural residential or transitional residential uses in the northern portion of the City, east of South Robert Trail and West of Akron Avenue. Planners will hold a meeting for that group tonight at 6 p.m. in the Community Center. Next Thursday, June 2, there will be a meeting at the Steeple Center at 6 p.m. for the area located east of Highway 52 and south of Dakota County Highway 42, which is expected to accommodate a large portion of Rosemount’s residential growth between 2020 and 2040.

A meeting regarding planning for Downtown Rosemount will be announced for this summer. [Learn more about the Comp Plan process.]

 
May 4, 2016
Downtown event on Saturday
A large crowd is expected Saturday morning for the annual Arbor Day Celebration. The City and Dakota Electric will give away 180 trees suitable for immediate planting. Participants will line up for the event that begins at 10 a.m. It will take place at the Public Works garages on Brazil Avenue, just north of 145th Street between City Hall and the rail crossing.


April 27, 2016
Harmony continues homes build-out
The Rosemount Planning Commission last night approved a request to build 14 housing units with a new housing style. They will be located in the Harmony subdivision, east of Highway 3 and north of Brockway Park. The developer Timeless Homes will build single-level townhomes with lofts for the project, pending approval by the City Council next month. [Read the City staff memo on the project.]

April 7, 2016
Pledge to conserve
Mayor Droste has announced that he has joined a national drive to encourage cities and their residents to conserve water. The Annual National Mayors’ Challenge for Water Conservation, now in its fifth year, encourages cities to see who can be the most “water wise” by asking residents to take a series of informative, easy to use pledges online to conserve water, energy, and other natural resources. Residents of winning cities can enter a drawing for prizes. Sign up at www.mywaterpledge.com and learn more on the City website.
 
March 16, 2016
The State of the City: Mayor Droste told members of the Dakota County Regional Chamber this morning that the state of Rosemount is strong thanks to development and recognition of the community. The Mayor pointed to public/private partnerships that have added new amenities, cited in Money magazine’s ranking of Rosemount as one of the best places to live in the nation. The Mayor also described upcoming initiatives for City government. [Read the speech.]

March 2, 2016
Training source for employees: the South of the River Education Center is a partnership with several colleges including DCTC offering courses beneficial to students already in the workforce. Classes are held in Burnsville. Summer and fall offerings have been posted on the Center's website

February 24, 2016
Celebrating new housing options: The City joined the celebration at the ribbon cutting last week for The Rosemount, a senior living facility attached to the expansion of the Steeple Center. Private firm The Makado Group developed the project. It caps a 12-year effort by the City to use this site Downtown for amenities that bring the community together.

December 16, 2015
New manufacturer: the City Council last night approved plans for a new business just north of 160th Street and southeast of the current mining operation in UMore Park. Wells Concrete Production Co. will build a 58,000-square-foot facility for manufacturing of concrete castings.

Rental rates: the Port Authority tracks vacancy rates for commercial rental properties in Rosemount. The vacancy rate this month is 5%, improved from 9% last winter thanks to several new businesses.


December 2, 2015
Next year’s numbers: the City Council last night approved the budgets under which the City will operate in 2016. The increase in the levy for the City’s portion of property taxes will go up 1.95% from this year, which appears to be the smallest increase among all Dakota County cities. Total dollars from the levy remain below what they were in 2009.

July 14, 2014
The City of Rosemount is a member of Greater MSP, which tells the Twin Cities' story to developers around the country.  At a meeting with its partners last week, Greater MSP shared two videos: one on "Telling our story -- the top ten facts to start the conversation" ...



... and "We embrace winter."




Events
Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies
Welcome New Businesses! 

The City strives to welcome all new businesses with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Get your picture taken cutting the official ribbon and receive a plaque from the mayor welcoming you to the City of Rosemount. Specially invited to the event are City Councilmembers, Port Authority members, Rosemount Business Council members, the Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce, and area newspapers.

If you have a new business and would like to schedule a ribbon cutting, please call (651) 322-2051.