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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

March 22, 2017
Major work at 42/52 about to begin
Dakota County and MnDOT will hold an open house Monday to explain the work coming up soon to improve the safety and traffic flow at the interchange of County Road 42 and Highway 52. First steps in the construction will come in early April with a ramp closure, and soon after 42 will be closed until early fall. Learn more at the open house Monday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Rosemount Community Center.

Openings on the advisory council for the refinery
Seats will be open soon on the advisory group for the operations of the Pine Bend refinery in Rosemount. The Community Advisory Council to Flint Hills Resources is in its 20th year of providing community feedback to the refinery’s operators. Applications will be accepted at through April 7.

Big prizes in entrepreneurs’ competition 
The MN Cup is back for its 13th year. The entrepreneurial competition has attracted more than 12,000 participants from Minnesota since 2005. A record $450,000 in prize money will be awarded this year. The contest is free and open to entrepreneurs, researchers, inventors, and small business owners. Visit the MN Cup website for more information on categories and entry details.

March 15, 2017
Planning hearing set for Monday night
The Rosemount Planning Commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, March 20, a different day than usual. On the agenda is a proposal for a townhome development of 40 units by the Dakota County Community Development Agency on Akron Avenue between County Road 42 on Bonaire Path. Sign up to receive notices about planning hearings.

February 15, 2017
Find your next hire at the Jobs Fair
Looking to expand your pool of job applicants? Minnesota DEED will hold a jobs fair in Eagan on March 30. Last year more than 1,000 job seekers attended. Register by March 6 to get in the exhibitor directory. [Register your business online.]

Vehicle weight limits to begin
The annual spring weight restrictions begin Friday on many roads in Dakota County, including most streets in Rosemount. The restrictions minimize the risk of damage while ground is thawing beneath the pavement. [See the details and a map for affected roads in Rosemount.]

Innovate Minnesota
The state has launched a new campaign to highlight Minnesota’s culture of innovation. A study puts Minnesota seventh in the nation for overall technology and science strength. The campaign highlights services for entrepreneurs, including the Small Business Assistance Office and the Emerging Entrepreneur Loan Program. [See the details online.]

February 9, 2017
Come discuss the future of Downtown
An open house Thursday night will cover revisions to the City’s vision for new development in Downtown Rosemount. The original document was issued in 2004, and City planners have worked to update it so it reflects development that has already taken place and what may come in the future. The vision is not intended to dictate projects but instead to share the community’s vision with potential developers.

The open house will take place Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. on the second floor of the Steeple Center. [Learn more on the City website.]

Thank you, donors
During last night’s City Council meeting, the Council expressed its thanks for the latest round of donors to the events that add so much to our quality of life. Rosemount Parks & Rec was authorized to accept $2,000 from the Rosemount Lions and $200 from resident Joe Walsh for the Spring Egg Hunt on April 8, and $500 from Dakota Electric for this summer’s Safety Camp.

February 1, 2017

January 25, 2017
Minnesota’s safest cities
A consumer research website ranks Rosemount among the safest big cities in the state of Minnesota. Analyzing FBI crime reports, the site ValuePenguin says Rosemount ranked fifth among big cities in the state, defined as those with a population above 20,000. The City’s rank was ninth when smaller communities were added. [See details.]

January 18, 2017
Council to spend weekend setting goals
The Rosemount City Council will meet Friday afternoon and evening and during the day Saturday to discuss revising their goals for the City. The goal-setting process is crucial for guiding the work of City staff and the Council’s choices on issues before the community. It also provides early guidance on budgeting decisions for City government. The Council will officially approve the final goals document later this winter.

Minnesota manufacturers upbeat for ‘17
Manufacturing companies in the state are expecting production levels to increase or stay the same this year. That’s according to a survey in November by the Federal Reserve and the state Department of Employment and Economic Development. The number of businesses expecting employment to remain constant or to grow was 91 percent. [Read more about the trends.]

January 11, 2017
Building surged in 2016
The City issued permits for $82 million in building projects during 2016, an increase in valuation of 30% from the year before. Housing starts totaled 136, down by 37 from the year before (although the number of single-family homes increased by 15). Value of the new housing was up 17% from 2015. 

January 4, 2017
Freske begins service on the City Council
Heidi Freske took the oath of office last night to begin her four-year term on the Rosemount City Council. She will also serve on the Port Authority, which works on economic development issues. 

The Council set its meeting schedule for the year and is planning to hold sessions in the next few weeks to revise the City government’s goals.

Last night’s meeting also marked the first day for Rosemount’s new City Administrator, Logan Martin.

Rosemount’s officials serve on national committees
Mayor Bill Droste and Council member Jeff Weisensel will serve next year on committees of the National League of Cities (NLC) that set the organization’s policies on issues likely to come up in Congress and state legislatures. Mayor Droste will be a member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Services federal advocacy committee. Council member Weisensel, who is also Chair of the Rosemount Port Authority, will serve on the Community and Economic Development Committee. [Read more about the assignments.]

December 21, 2016
Apartment project approved
The City Council last night approved plans for 225 apartments (one- and two-bedroom units) to be built in phases over several years. The buildings will be located south of 145th Street and east of the railroad tracks. [See details in the Council memo.]

December 14, 2016

Follow the plows online
Want to keep up with the status of street clearing after snowfalls? Sign up to get email or text notifications at

Underground work
Seen the crews along Highway 3, Dodd, and Biscayne this month? They’re installing fiber optic lines for a communications project by Dakota County.

December 7, 2016
City budgets approved
The City Council last night approved Rosemount’s budgets for 2017. They will increase the City’s share of property taxes collected on the median-valued home ($250,700) by $18 annually compared with the current year. Even with the increase, that number remains below what it was in 2008. See details in the budget memo.

Call for free business counseling
Rosemount is a member of the group of communities that work with Open To Business, which offers free counseling for entrepreneurs who want to start or expand a small business. OTB will no longer hold open office hours at the city halls in those communities, but meetings are available in Rosemount by appointment; call (952) 484-3107. Learn more at the OTB website.

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.

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.

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: .

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
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
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.]

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.]

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.

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.