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City wants feedback from business owners

The Rosemount Port Authority wants to know what businesses think about a variety of issues, so the city has started conducting a series of surveys to collect feedback. In particular, the port authority wants feedback on ways to support the city's business sector.

Community development director Kim Lindquist said the port authority wanted to do something to get input from business owners. The port authority, the city's economic development committee, is looking for ways to better communicate with businesses.

Lindquist said the city will conduct five surveys in the coming months. The first is on the city's website now. The survey is six questions long and asks for opinions about communications and businesses.

So far the city hasn't received many responses. Lindquist said the surveys only take a few moments to fill out and the responses will provide the city with valuable information.

"It's pretty much yes or no. It's not a heavy thinking kind of survey," said Lindquist.

In addition to conducting the surveys, port authority members have been visiting with downtown business owners this fall. Lindquist said the visits are to get a general sense of how things are going.

Furthermore, she said the city is taking a look at the Downtown Development Framework document the city created in 2003. At that time the city council appointed a committee to create a vision for historic downtown area. The framework was used as the basis for land use, development and redevelopment decisions.

Lindquist said some of the parts of the document have been realized, such as the addition of the Robert Trail Library and redevelopment of Core Block East, which now holds the Waterford Commons building.

Lindquist said they want to review the 10-year-old document to see how pertinent it still is and decide whether revisions are needed.

To fill out the survey or for more information visit the city's website at

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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