ROSEMOUNT - The Rosemount State of the City address was held April 16 in the community center. The event was hosted by Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Rosemount Mayor Bill Droste spoke about Rosemount's high quality of life and explained how the city continues to work on improving residents' lives while attracting business. He touted the city's growth and accomplishments and commended the community, volunteers and groups outside of government. Droste predicted last year's strong growth in housing developments will continue this year as the pace is expected to increase after land at UMore Park is developed.

"We are aggressively working with developers to bring more retail to Rosemount and we continue to draw on the expertise of our consultants to plan a new community facility. We expected to make decisions about it in the next few months," Droste said. "What makes this a great city is the human side - we are home to young families that want the best for their children and that means schools - District 196 and Intermediate District 917 lead the way in our state, and we have a wealth of private schools and day care providers and a wealth of options the city provides with parks and rec to keep out children active throughout the year."

Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce President Maureen Scallen Faillor spoke of how collaboration works best together when the county works in partnership with cities and businesses with an eye toward achieving a balance of improved transit and transportation, retaining and attracting business and housing.

"If we do not have a balance within these three areas, we will not have success," Faillor said. "We are honored to be able to be able to partner with the city of Rosemount - this city is so vibrant and to be with the city and to work on initiatives, we are truly appreciative."

U.S. Rep. Angie Craig was also in attendance.

"You are going to see me work on how to bring home those resources in Washington and how can we bring it back to Dakota County," Craig said. "This city has so much history of growth and development under your (Droste's) leadership."