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Mayor says State of the City is good

Mayor Bill Droste delivers his annual State of the City address to members of the Dakota County Regional Chamber.

Rosemount had a positive 2012 and is poised for a good 2013, mayor Bill Droste told members of the community during his annual State of the City address. Droste spoke to a large group March 20 at the Steeple Center. The event was hosted by the Dakota County Regional Chamber.

"The state of our city is strong, and improving," said Droste.

Droste said 2012 brought positive signs of economic growth. Proto Labs opened its doors in the Rosemount Business Park and employs 120 with plans to hire more later this year. He also noted that Flint Hills Resources announced an expansion project that will create hundreds of contract jobs over a five-year duration and Hawkins Chemical will also open in 2013.

Another sign of economic growth is an uptick in housing starts. At this time last year, Droste said, the city had applications to build only two homes, whereas in 2013 the city has received 17.

Going forward, Droste said the city council has established goals to guide the city's efforts. The goals are divided into three categories including Manage Rosemount, Live in Rosemount and Grow Rosemount. The three categories call on the city to provide efficient and effective services, become a sustainable city and to attract and support businesses.

As part of those goals, Droste said, the city continues to seek out partnerships. The city has partnered with Dakota County Technical College on several projects including adding athletic facilities in the community. Droste said the two will continue to explore the idea of bringing a YMCA to Rosemount.

Droste also took time during his address to laud the efforts of people in the community.

"Those economic trends and initiatives are crucial for our community. So is our cultural life," said Droste.

In particular he praised the OneRosemount Feeding Families drive that took place earlier this month. He also took time to talk about the Rosemount Area Arts Council and some of their initiatives in 2012, including starting the Front Porch, hosting Christmas at the Steeple Center and participating in One Book One Rosemount.

In 2013, Droste said, the city has plans to make a number of investments including adding a splash pad, a pedestrian underpass on Highway 3 and new ball fields.

"It's the council's judgment that those investments are a prudent use of the taxpayers' money - a balance between providing the services needed to maintain our quality of life ... and lessening the financial burden on homes and businesses still feeling the after-effects of the recession," said Droste.

To read Droste's full remarks clink on the link.

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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