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May 15, 2019

Open house on the City’s plans for a rec center
The City will hold an open house on Monday at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Center to discuss planning for an indoor recreation center. Consultants have met with community groups for nearly a year, and have generated concepts and cost estimates. The Council is pursuing a possible rec center to enhance Rosemount’s quality of life for residents and potential employees.

Employers of Excellence
The Dakota-Scott Workforce Development Board (WDB) invites area organizations to participate in the 2019 "Employers of Excellence" program. Personnel Dynamics Consulting gathers the information and analyzes the data to calculate the turnover rates, growth percentages, promotion percentages, and benefit packages for each company. A total of 37 different measurements are analyzed. Each participating company receives a confidential, personalized report detailing how it compared with other companies in the area and suggestions for improving its work environment. Additionally, based on the results, the WDB will recognize the businesses who received the top ratings.  

There is no cost to the company to complete the survey. All employers in Dakota and Scott counties are encouraged to participate. Contact WDB Director Mark Jacobs at (651) 554-5622 for more information or go to to start the survey. Deadline for survey completion is June 28, 2019.

Hiring vets
Lee Okerstrom is the new CareerForce Veterans Employment Rep for the area. If you’re interested in hiring Vets - he’s the person to talk to. Reach him at (651) 539-4119 or

Additionally, you can find a plethora of information about hiring Veterans at . Content includes: hire a veteran in three easy steps; why hire a vet; hiring incentives and tax credits; employer responsibilities.

We’re always Open to Business
Rosemount sponsors free business counseling for small or dreamed-of businesses, including planning and financing. Contact the Open to Business program at (952) 484-3107.

April 3, 2019

New hardware store
The City Council last night heard a report from Community Development staff on word that a new hardware store is expected to open Downtown later this spring. Pellicci Ace Hardware will operate at the former location of Terry's on South Robert Trail. [See the Pellicci Facebook page.]

Recruit employees at DCTC
Dakota County Technical College provides a one-stop shop for employers to share opportunities with students and alumni. Sign up at Once your registration is approved by the Career Services Center, you can immediately post openings, and applicants will be assured the process is safe. [Learn more about this free program.]

January 9, 2019

The latest on Thriving in the North
The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development has updated its promotional magazine, Thriving in the North, to highlight expansion opportunities and the culture of innovation in the state. See the new issue online or request a printed copy.

December 12, 2018

Council commendation 
Mayor Droste presented the City Council’s commendation to Lisa Franxman and Michele Selig representing Merchants Bank Rosemount, which was nominated for a Business Excellence Award from the Dakota County Regional Chamber.

Environmental solutions For Minnesota businesses
The Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP) is proud to announce publication of the 2018 Solutions. This annual report highlights the results from our summer internship program.  This year our group of talented and industrious interns identified environmental reductions that could save their companies $1.5 million annually. Results translate into real environmental impacts equivalent to the energy used to power almost 600 Minnesota homes, the water used by 1,700 Minneapolis residents, and waste equal to the weight of approximately six Metro Transit light rail cars. 

Your company could be eligible to take part this summer. Learn more online.

November 7, 2018

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.]

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.

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.

April 12, 2018

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.


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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