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2017 Business Appreciation Luncheon

The Rosemount City Council and the Port Authority hosted this year's Business Appreciation Luncheon in February. See the presentation by Greater MSP on the challenges and opportunity facing local business.

City Business News

July 19, 2017

Rosemount credit rating is strong
Citing Rosemount’s strong economy and tight financial controls, Standard & Poor’s Financial Services (S&P) has given the City a high credit rating. S&P’s report set Rosemount’s rating at AA+, the second-highest level. It is one level above the equivalent rating that was assigned by another firm in 2015, the last time Rosemount’s credit was reviewed. The rating helped lower the interest rate charged on bonds that the City sold yesterday for improvements in the Greystone 6th subdivision. [Read details.]

No summer lull for community events
Several events will bring residents out to celebrate in the next few weeks.

  • The Rosemount Youth Commission will host a summer celebration at the Central Park splash pad tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 12 noon.
  • Leprechaun Days opens on Friday, peaking with the Grand Day parade and fireworks display on Saturday, July 29.
  • Night to Unite’s neighborhood block parties will be held the evening of Tuesday, August 1. The deadline to register a party is Tuesday of next week. [Register here.]
  • Also on August 1, the Farmers Market moves to Central Park because of construction on the Community Center parking lot.

July 12, 2017

UMore development
The University of Minnesota Board of Regents met this morning and approved a request for proposals to develop 436 acres of the UMore Park property in Rosemount. The land would go toward residential projects by private developers. It is in addition to 159 acres covered by an agreement the University made last year with Opus Corporation for business and light industrial uses.

July 6, 2017

Council extends successful water conservation program
The City Council last night voted to extend a program that provides rebates for the installation of certain water-efficient appliances. Since the first of last year, the program is estimated to have saved more than 700,000 gallons of water. The state provided three-quarters of the cost of the rebates, but the legislature did not extend the program beyond last month. The City will now provide up to $15,000 in additional rebates through the end of this year. [Read more about the program.]

Land use open house
As part of the update of Rosemount’s Comprehensive Plan out to 2040, City planners have updated the land use map for the community. As Rosemount continues to grow, landowners can consult the Plan and find out what the City thinks the future land use of their property and the properties nearby will be. An open house has been scheduled to discuss the plan on Tuesday, August 8, at 6:30 p.m. at the Community Center. [See the proposed map.]

June 28, 2017

More rooftops
The Rosemount Planning Commission last night signed off on a final plat that will add 38 homes in the Prestwick Place 14th addition, between Connemara Trail, Akron Avenue, and the rail tracks. The City Council will take a final vote next month.

One-stop shopping for a career
The state Department of Employment and Economic Development has introduced a new online tool that lets Minnesotans explore careers and the education and training programs to go with them. They can even see wages and job postings. Check it out at

June 21, 2017

Meet Rosemount's new Public Works Director
The City Council last night appointed Brian Erickson to serve as Rosemount’s Public Works Director and City Engineer. Erickson comes for a similar position at Mounds View and has also worked in Northfield and in the Navy’s Civil Engineer Corps. He’ll join the staff in mid July. [Watch the Council discussion.]

New residential development
The Council last night also approved the final plat for 30 homes in the Dunmore development at Highway 3 near 132nd Street and for the first phase, totaling 65 units, of the Rosewood Crossing apartment project near 145th Street and the railroad tracks. 

June 14, 2017

Expansion at Minnesota Energy
City Council members joined Minnesota Energy Resources Corporation (MERC) and its contractor, Ryan Companies, at a groundbreaking last week for a new facility near the existing building on 145th Street, east of the railroad tracks. The building will be 23,300 square feet and should be complete late this year. The utility will add new employees and relocate existing staff to the new building. MERC’s leadership team will also relocate to the new site from a leased property in Eagan.

Expansion at ALDI
The City Council earlier this month approved an expansion of nearly 2,000 square feet for the ALDI market in Rosemount Crossing.

Construction ahead on Shannon and Cameo
The City’s 2017 street improvements project will lead to the closing of Shannon Parkway from County Road 42 to 160th Street within a few days. Phase one, from June 19 – July 5, will close Shannon from 150th Street (CSAH 42) to 151st Street/December Trail. Phase two, July 6 – August 8, will affect 151st Street/December Trail to 160th Street (CSAH 46), including the Jaycee Park Parking Lot. Pavement will be replaced during the summer project, and parking for Jaycee Park will be limited.

Construction is also expected to start next week to add diagonal parking spaces on the east side of Cameo Avenue near The Rosemount senior living facility. To keep both directions of traffic open, there will be no parking on either side of the street until work is complete in about a month.

May 31, 2017

More improvements for County Road 42
Dakota County will begin a project to resurface County Road 42 from Highway 3 east to 145th Street. The work will start in the second week of June and last about a week. The road will remain open, although some of the traffic on that stretch has already been detoured for the interchange work at 42 and Highway 52.

Workforce help for businesses
The Dakota-Scott Workforce Development Board reports that the unemployment rate in Dakota County continues well below the state and nation. All three of the Dakota-Scott WorkForce Centers host “Hiring Events” and “Employer of the Day” events.  Employers can have a table in the Resource Room to meet with job seekers at these events.  For information, email

Also, a federal tax credit is available to private businesses as an incentive to hire workers in certain groups who consistently experience higher rates of unemployment. Learn more on the DEED website.

May 24, 2017

Planning Commission approves first phase of apartment project
The Rosemount Planning Commission last night recommended approval of the first phase of an apartment development on 145th Street just east of the rail crossing. Copperhead Development plans 225 units, with 33 in the first phase. The measure will go before the City Council next month. 

Small businesses optimistic

Things look bright to the businesses surveyed by U.S. Bank in its annual report on small business sentiment. The results showed 80% believe their own business is strong, 38% report increased revenues year-to-year, and 20% believe the economy is expanding.

May 17, 2017

Advertise at the Ice Arena
The Rosemount Ice Arena continues to offer advertising opportunities. From open skates to competition by the Rosemount High School hockey teams, the Arena draws 100,000 visitors each year. Costs are as low as $350 annually. Show your support for our community’s youth and the facility that serves them by marketing at the arena. [See details.]

May 10, 2017

Growing the solar industry
State aid is available to open or expand solar businesses in Minnesota. Financial and technical assistance can be provided to solar manufacturers, system developers, and installers. So far, solar provides only 0.01% of energy generated in the state, but the trend is upward. [Learn more about the program.]

May 3, 2017

City street projects this summer
The City Council last night approved the 2017 street improvement projects for Rosemount. They include reconstruction of Shannon Parkway south of County Road 42 and overlays of streets in the Shannon Hills neighborhood. The parking lot at Jaycee park will also be improved. Construction runs mid-June to Labor Day. The Council also approved development this year of Greystone Park.

See the Mayor’s State of the City address
Mayor Droste discussed the strengths of Rosemount and the City Council’s goals during last Thursday’s State of the City presentation. His remarks included guest comments from representatives of the RHS Irish Marching Band and the Rosemount Area Athletic Association. A video of the Mayor’s speech is now online.

April 19, 2017

Building projects approved
The City Council last night approved construction of a new building for Minnesota Energy beside its current structure on 145th Street. The new, larger building will allow the utility to bring its leadership team to Rosemount from Eagan. The old building will then be torn down.

The Council also approved a 40-units of townhomes for workforce housing by the Dakota County Community Development Agency near Akron Avenue and 141st Street.

Get help with your idea for a successful business
The City works with the non-profit Open to Business to provide one-on-one business counseling to current and prospective entrepreneurs. The program is at no cost to any County resident or business owner. Consultants work with you 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. Call Open to Business for an appointment at your convenience:  (952) 484-3107.

April 12, 2017

Pipeline work on Biscayne
Work is about to begin on a project to place a natural gas line down Biscayne Avenue between County Roads 42 and 46. The project may run through September.

Invest in your business through apprenticeships

Two state agencies have created the Minnesota Apprenticeship Initiative. Registered apprenticeship prepares Minnesota workers to compete in a global 21st Century economy and develops highly-trained, skilled and motivated employees. The program is on track to bring 1,000 people into newly registered apprenticeship programs in 30 high-growth occupations in five years. Learn more about this opportunity.

February 1, 2017

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."


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.