New economic development coordinator working to bring in taproom
Rosemount has a new go-to person on its city staff to help develop the economy.
Eric Van Oss started as the Rosemount economic development coordinator last summer. It’s a brand-new position with the city’s Rosemount Community Development Department.
How would you describe your job?
This position is responsible for developing and implementing economic development initiatives for the city with the purpose of business retention, expansion and attraction. A portion of this will involve creating marketing and promotional materials/events aimed at attracting new commercial development.
My position will also work with interested parties on inquiries for information on available land, buildings, development opportunities and help with implementation of development agreements.
Lastly, leveraging new/existing partnerships with local partners (Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce, Minneapolis Saint Paul Economic Development, Dakota County Technical College, Metropolitan Council) to ensure a coordinated effort toward economic development, redevelopment, job training and workforce development. Since this is a new position this creates a “one-stop-shop” of sorts for development and workforce related inquires.
What are some tasks you’ve taken on so far?
I’ve started to redesign our economic development website and push more development activity on social media. I’m also in the midst of restarting the Business Retention and Expansion program where we will be making regular monthly contact with local business and collecting survey data. A large portion of this position will be marketing/connecting with commercial builders and brokers to market Rosemount for more commercial retail development.
What’s the state of the economy in Rosemount?
The local economy is strong — we expect 250 new residential units this year and steady household growth. Commercial development and business openings are also on a steady pace.
What are some economic benefits the city has to offer prospective businesses?
Rosemount is a growing community with many acres of developable land for residential and commercial. The community has a high medium income and a highly educated workforce, which are attractive metrics for commercial development(s) and retailers. The city has an unique economic development partnership with the University of Minnesota — UMore Park is 5,000 (acres) of (University of Minnesota) land currently used for agricultural research, but is scheduled to become a new town with up to 30,000 new residents and over 500 acres of business and commercial ventures.
What are some challenges the city faces?
We are on the fringe of development in the Twin Cities metro and somewhat far from the urban core, plus Rosemount lacks direct interstate access to the city.
Any short-term goals or projects you’re working on?
Creating more marketing materials and collateral to promote Rosemount on the whole and also to specific industries (health care, retailers, industrial, etc.) We specifically have been working to find interested parties to develop/start a local brewery or taproom. I’m also currently working on implementing new database(s) for existing businesses/business visits and available land/space for potential business, with the goal of moving to CRM based platform in the near future. Begin a regular business newsletter to highlight current and upcoming projects/activity.