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2018 Business Appreciation Luncheon

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

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) 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.

But where to start?

Need a source of advice on how to start or grow your business concept? The free, confidential advisors at Open to Business can assist you. They have expertise on everything from creating a business plan to locating financing. Call the Dakota County office at 952-484-3107.

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.

State recruits more companies for STEM interns
The state-funded program to pay half the costs of more STEM internships is moving into a new year with rules that may allow more companies to participate. It’s a low-cost solution for Minnesota businesses seeking talented college interns majoring in science, technology, engineering, or math. You can learn more during an hour-long webinar on Thursday, March 22. [Register here.]

March 8, 2018

Resolve to improve your company’s bookkeeping
Do you wish your company’s books were better organized? Do you need better information to make important business decisions? The beginning of the year is the perfect time to improve your books or adopt a new record-keeping system. The free, confidential advisors at Open to Business can help you review your process, chose a platform that fits your needs, and coach you on how to get timely and accurate financial information to make smart management decisions. Call the OTB Dakota County office at 952-484-3107.

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.

January 3, 2018

"Forward Motion" for 2018
The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development offers six ways to improve professional skills in the new year. They include online job search resources available for workers and employers. See the suggestions online.

December 20, 2017

Spectro expansion gets state boost
Spectro Alloys will invest nearly $6 million in its Rosemount facility with the support of a grant from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. The expansion leads to the hiring of ten additional workers for the aluminum scrap processor. The grant comes from the state’s Job Creation Fund. [See details on the project.]

City joins fiber project
The Rosemount City Council last night approved a partnership agreement with Dakota County and most of its cities for sharing of a fiber network. The initial phase is aimed to connect government and institutional users, but a future expansion might provide an option for private internet service providers to take advantage of excess capacity on the network.

December 6, 2017

Council approves next year’s budgets
The City Council last night approved a set of budgets for next year’s operations. The action will lead to an estimated increase of $31 for 2018 in property taxes on the median-value home in Rosemount ($260,450). The City’s share of the total tax levy will go up by 3.9% and the operating budget by 5.6%. [Watch the Council’s discussion.]

State jobless rate is lowest since 2000
Minnesota's unemployment rate fell 0.4 percentage points in October to a seasonally adjusted 3.3%. The state gained over 41,300 jobs in the past year for an increase of 1%, and the Twin Cities is tied for the lowest unemployment rate of any large metro area. [Read more on the state economic development website.]

November 15, 2017

Put your ideas on the map
The City is asking residents and businesses for their ideas on the future of the community as part of the update of Rosemount’s Comprehensive Plan. There’s a new tool to make your voice heard: a citizen comment map. You can pinpoint a feature of the community that you have ideas about, and comment on that ideas posted by others. [Learn more about the map.]

Grants available for apprenticeship programs
Skills take time to master, and for more than 10,000 workers in Minnesota, there’s an apprenticeship system to help them advance. From the building trades to occupations like bookbinder, jobs depend on learning the skills from those who’ve come before. This is National Apprenticeship Week, and the state of Minnesota is offering grants for apprenticeship programs. [See details.]

November 8, 2017

Council supports job creation grant
The City Council last night voted to support an application by Spectro Alloys for a grant from the state. It will permit equipment changes that will increase the operation’s efficiency, reduce noise, and add ten full-time, permanent jobs at the site.

November 1, 2017

Culture of Health
The state and county want to promote employee wellness programs. Dakota County Public Health offers free start-up resources, on issues ranging from food choices to support for active lifestyles. Email the program manager to get more information. 

Cash match on wages for STEM interns
The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development is offering a deal for small businesses that hire college interns in the STEM disciplines. SciTechsperience will pay half the intern’s wages – up to $2,500. For-profit companies with fewer than 250 employees can participate. [Learn more.]

October 25, 2017

Is your business “cyber security aware”?
This is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. It's a good time to reflect on how you're protecting your organization’s assets and to make sure there is a plan in place for employee training and awareness. The occupation of information security analysts is projected to grow by over 11 percent through 2024 in Minnesota. State government’s IT organization offers cyber tips for businesses.   

October 4, 2017

Restaurant site approved
The City Council last night approved a new building on County Road 42 that will hold a drive-through restaurant and have space for two other businesses. It will replace Hong Kong Bistro.

September 20, 2017

Honoring Fluegel’s
The City Council last night declared today to be Fluegel’s Farm, Garden & Pet Supply Appreciation Day in Rosemount, honoring the store’s 90th anniversary serving the community. Mayor Droste presented the proclamation to Greg Fluegel, honoring the evolution and expansion of the business in Rosemount.

September 14, 2017

Chamber awards excellence in business
The Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce will honor businesses and individuals who exhibit innovation, growth, and leadership. The Business Excellence Awards will be handed out in seven categories. The deadline to make a nomination online is tomorrow (Friday). Registration to attend the November 16 event is also underway online.

September 7, 2017

Tax credits still available
Since 2010, Minnesota companies have attracted more than $400 million in private investments through the Minnesota Angel Tax Credit Program. The program has $2.7 million in credits remaining for investments in startup businesses owned by women and people of color, or businesses located in Greater Minnesota. Any credits that are still left after September 30 will be available for investments in all qualified startup businesses in Minnesota. Check out the Angel Tax Credit Program for more details.

August 16, 2017

Council approves event center
The City Council last night okayed a permit to allow creation of a privately owned event center at a farmstead on 160th Street east of Highway 52. The owners plan to market the five-acre facility for functions such as weddings, receptions, and private parties. The historic barn on the site will be preserved and renovated. 

Council members also approved a revised agreement with Dakota County to add a center turn late on McAndrews Road, along with improved right turns and storm drainage improvements, to be built next year.

August 3, 2017

Rosemount praised for affordable homes and good schools
The website has listed Rosemount in its “Top 10 Affordable Towns with the Best Schools.” The site says, “You don't need to drop a load of money on private schools to make sure your children are learning their ABCs. And you don't need to move to the priciest parts of the country to get into a top-rated public school.” In the ranking, Rosemount is cited for having a school, Shannon Park, with a top rating from GreatSchools and a median home price of $299,900.

July 26, 2017

Business opportunity: meet the childcare shortage
Lack of childcare is a barrier for some parents to join the workforce. It also provides an opportunity for new businesses. The state Department of Employment and Economic Development is distributing a guide with details on licensing, financing, state laws, childcare resources, and more. Download it from the department website.

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.]

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.]

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.

May 31, 2017

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

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

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.