News and Events

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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

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.

Put your business into the Employers of Excellence contest
The Dakota-Scott Workforce Development Board has opened the 2018 Employers of Excellence contest. Now it its third year, the contest will recognize businesses experiencing the best results in employee retention efforts and providing the best work environments. Participating employers will also receive a confidential report including their individual metrics. Deadline to sign up is July 31. Learn more online.

Startups can get interest-free loans
The state is accepting applications through July 16 for Minnesota Innovation Loans for Entrepreneurs (MILE). It’s a pilot program that will provide interest-free loans ranging from $20,000 to $50,000. Businesses approved for loans under the program must have a one-to-one match from another funder and repay the loan within four years, with no payments required in the first year. Other restrictions apply. See if your firm qualifies at the Minnesota DEED website.

Free counseling for your business needs
The City continues to invite entrepreneurs to consult Open to Business, a free counseling service. The 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. Reach them at 952-484-3107.

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.