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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

November 7, 2018

Election results will be official on Friday
The unofficial count of yesterday’s election shows that Tammy Block and Paul Essler won seats on the Rosemount City Council. Results will become official after a canvass by the Council on Friday. The winners and Mayor Bill Droste, who ran unopposed, will begin four-year terms on January 1.

Merchants to stage Night on the Town tomorrow
Downtown businesses are holding their annual Night on the Town promotion tomorrow (Thursday) from 4 to 9 p.m. Special sales, treats, caroling, and free trolley rides are among the attractions.

What’s your view on transit?
Dakota County is performing a study on potential improvements to transit in our area. To gather meaningful community input on the project, employers are invited to participate in a brief online survey to help planners understand needs and opportunities for transit service in eastern Dakota County. One goal is to get a better understanding of the role transit service plays in increasing the labor shed, lower absenteeism, and general benefit to businesses. Please respond by November 21. Employers can take part at this link:

New guide to hiring disabled veterans available
With record low unemployment, more and more employers are feeling the labor force crunch, but one group of job seekers may be overlooked – disabled veterans. To raise employer awareness of this labor source and lower perceived barriers to hiring disabled veterans, the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) has released their 2018 hiring guide. [Download the guide.]

Help your business and new workers with an apprenticeship
Hear first-hand how local employers are implementing registered apprenticeships and how it’s impacting their efforts to recruit, train and retain top talent. Learn ways apprenticeships can help cultivate a strong workforce. The one-hour session is next Wednesday (November 14) at 8 a.m. at the County Northern Service Center, 1 Mendota Road, West St. Paul. RSVP by Monday to or (651) 554-6875.

Free assistance to start or grow a 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.

October 24, 2018

Can we visit you?
The City of Rosemount is reaching out to local businesses through a program of visits to hear views and discuss City programs that can help. Members of the Rosemount Port Authority are joined by Community Development staff to talk with business operators. The visits are underway, and we invite you to invite us. Call 651-322-2051 to set up a one-hour visit at your location during a time convenient to you. The visits are part of the City’s economic development communications strategy that includes this email, news articles, and the City website.

Business growth 
City Council members joined the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of Sentinel Assurance Group, an independent insurance agent on 145th Street in Downtown Rosemount. City Council members joined the Dakota County Regional Chamber to celebrate the tenth anniversary of AccTech LLC, offering accounting and technology consulting from the mall in Downtown Rosemount.

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.]

August 7, 2018

Ribbon cutting
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.

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.

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.
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