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Port authority seek clarity

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The Rosemount Port Authority held a public meeting in April to get ideas for economic development. The commission got a lot of feedback, and now it has to take that feedback and turn it into something valuable.

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The port authority started that process on May 3. During that meeting chair Jeff Weisensel gave the seven members on the board some homework. He asked them to come up with a vision they'd like to see the commission achieve. He also asked them to come up with specific project with action plans.

The overall point, Weisensel said, is to come up with some goals and ways to accomplish those within the city's council goals for economic development.

"We want to make sure everyone comes to the table with something," said Weisensel.

Community development director Kim Lindquist said the issues were separated into three sub categories including commercial development, the business park and UMore.

Weisensel said they hope to gain some clarity on these three topics and then engage the public again in how to approach economic development. He said they plan to use task forces, but not until there is a more concrete idea of what the commission hopes to accomplish.

The commission has four new members so Weisensel said part of the process will be getting them up to speed on what the commission and the city have done in the past and what's possible.

Lindquist said the commission asked for more information regarding financing options available for economic development projects.

The conversation will be ongoing, but Weisensel said it's worth taking time to figure out.

Going forward Lindquist said the commission will involve the public again.

"One thing that's clear is there certainly needs to be more dialogue," said Lindquist.

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Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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