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2018 Business Appreciation Luncheon Presentations

The Rosemount City Council and the Port Authority hosted this year's Business Appreciation Luncheon in February. See presentations by Mayor Bill Droste on trends, by Council member Jeff Weisensel on economic development, and by Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce President Maureen Scallen Failor on Chamber initiatives.

City Business News

September 19, 2018

Council approves preliminary budget    
The Rosemount City Council last night set a preliminary budget for 2019. It includes an increase in the City’s property tax levy of 4.51%. The impact in the median value Rosemount home of $279,300 would be an increase over this year’s taxes of $54. The Council will hold a public hearing on the budget during its meeting on December 4, with passage of the final version to follow. [Read more about the budget.]

Festival is a go for Saturday night
It’s early, but the weather forecast is promising for Saturday evening, when Rosemount’s first Food Truck Festival will be held. Twelve vendors are on the list to sell their treats, and two bands will perform. The event runs 5-10 p.m. on Saturday in Central Park.

Overcome hiring challenges at the Workforce Summit Sept. 27
Meeting the challenge of hiring and retaining qualified employees is the topic for the Workforce Summit. The theme is to “make your team future-proof.” The half-day summit will include sessions on 12 key employment topics; insights from employers with success hiring from often-overlooked populations; and presentation of the Employers of Excellence awards. It takes place September 27 in Burnsville from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Register online to attend.

Free expert advice
Rosemount participates in the Open To Business program to provide free, one-on-one counseling for small businesses and folks who’d like to start one. Consultants offer advice on creating a business plan, identifying challenges and opportunities, and creating solutions. Learn how to get an introductory appointment.

Save the date
Ribbon-cutting ceremony to welcome the new office of Sentinel Assurance Group, Thursday, October 11, 3-7 p.m., 2980 145th Street West.

August 7, 2018

Ribbon cuttings
The City Council joined the Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce to celebrate the new location on Carrousel Way of Amy Nielsen’s Prudential Finance office. The Council also joined the celebration last week as the ALDI market opened after remodeling at Rosemount Crossing.

City's strong credit rating reaffirmed
The credit-rating agency Standard & Poor’s last week reaffirmed the City of Rosemount’s strong rating. The City’s level is AA+, the second-highest grade for municipalities. A strong credit rating means the City will pay less than it would otherwise for any borrowing by issuing bonds.

July 18, 2018

Council passes plan to save energy
The City Council last night approved an Energy Action Plan for the community, intended to save energy usage and costs for businesses, City government, and residents. Over the course of 18 months, a team will work to find solutions suited to Rosemount’s needs. Learn more about this initiative with Xcel Energy at

Top states for business
The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development reports that Minnesota was sixth in this year's CNBC Top States for Business rankings, earning especially high grades for quality of life (A+), technology and innovation (A), education (A-) and infrastructure (A-). In the 12 years since CNBC launched the rankings, Minnesota has finished among the top 10 states ten times, including first in 2015. Texas was first this year.

Free assistance to start or grow a small business
The Open to Business program helps new and early stage businesses access the technical assistance they need to grow and prosper. An experienced team provides advice and counseling to clients, helping them achieve their entrepreneurial goals. The program also provides small business loans for emerging entrepreneurs who face challenges in accessing the commercial banking system. As part of a financing plan, borrowers can receive help in planning, organizing, and managing their businesses. The City is one of the sponsors of Open To Business; learn more at (952) 484-3107.

June 20, 2018

Corporate donors aid City athletic complex
The Rosemount City Council last night accepted two donations that will help improve the Flint Hills Athletic Complex at Akron and Bonaire. Flint Hills Resources is donating $63,000 worth of oil to make asphalt for trails, parking, and an access driveway. Dakota Aggregates is giving sand and other materials valued at $99,000. Improvements at the Complex will include four new fields and a sun shelter.

May 10, 2018

Review the state of the city
Mayor Droste’s message on the state of the city in Rosemount is now available online, both as the prepared text and as the video of the presentation to members of the Chamber.

The Council has also updated its goals for the City and initiatives for 2018-19, also available online.

Celebrate the business

There will be a grand reopening for the Style Niche Boutique tomorrow (Friday, May 11, 2018) at 4. The store is located in Waterford Commons on South Robert near 146th.

Start it up
From the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development: ranked Minneapolis-St. Paul third on its list of best cities for startups in 2018, behind San Francisco and Austin, Texas. The business products and services website said the Twin Cities had a remarkable 121.3 percent increase in employment at startups in the past five years, higher than any city on the top 10 list. Another plus: Minnesota’s tech pay is almost twice as high as the average state wage, according to the website.

April 12, 2018

More rooftops ahead
The City Council on April 3 approved the final plat for the Harmony Villas 2nd Addition, northwest of Connemara Trail and Brockway Avenue. The development will add townhouses for 26 families.

March 14, 2018

New ways to partner and conserve
The City’s Environment and Sustainability Task Force is working with Xcel Energy to promote simple steps to save on energy consumption and costs. The Partners in Energy program begins with a survey that debuted at the Home & Business Expo. It asks a few simple questions to determine the best way to reach citizens with information they can use. The quick Rosemount Home Energy Survey is now available online through the City’s Polco system. See it at

Thanks again for Expo support
The final estimate is that the first Rosemount Home & Garden Expo drew about 600 people to the Community Center on March 3. We are polling exhibitors for ways to expand the event for next year.

February 28, 2018
City Council members joined the celebration Friday as Minnesota Energy Resources cut the ribbon at its new headquarters building in Rosemount.

Are you hiring?
The Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce has launched its new job matching system, MN Job Match, in partnership with RealTime Talent. MN Job Match uses statistically validated questions to conduct sophisticated job matching to high quality talent, increasing the diversity and suitability of your candidate pools. Get started today to be matched with qualified candidates.

February 14, 2018

Thanks for participating
Many of Rosemount’s businesspeople turned out for the annual Business Appreciation Luncheon last Thursday. Mayor Droste presented a commendation to the Terry family for 39 years of operating their hardware store. The Mayor and Council member Weisensel gave updates on economic trends. The featured speaker was the new president of the Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce, Maureen Scallen Failor.


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 Council members, 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.