By Bill Droste, Mayor of Rosemount

Springtime brings a sense of renewal to our community - from our yards to our homes, and for some of us to our fitness plans as we find it easier to get outside and move. The same is true for city government in Rosemount.

I had the honor of delivering our state of the city message last week, and it was full of the steps we are taking to maintain and build on the quality of life in our community. Later that day, our City Council approved its revised goals and initiatives to benefit Rosemount.

One area is our continued work to add to the retail and commercial options in the community. We are working with a consultant to get the attention of national businesses looking to expand. And in the coming weeks, we will be adding an economic development coordinator to our staff. We don't often add to our headcount in city government, so this move signifies the importance the council places on bringing new jobs and retail options to Rosemount.

We also look forward to new development where Pizza Hut was located off County Road 42. It's expected to include the restaurants Jersey Mike's and Noodles, plus another tenant. Meanwhile, CA Gear, a locally-run athletic clothing manufacturer, is soon to be under construction on Canada Circle and will bring new jobs to the community.

We're also moving forward on planning for a new indoor recreational center. We will soon announce a public meeting to explain the state of that project and collect feedback. For months, consultants have worked with city staff on potential designs for a facility to serve people of all ages and sports. The meeting will share cost estimates and options for funding.

Retail and recreation are just two of the focuses for our work to serve residents. New neighborhoods are under construction with various types of housing. It's a priority to expand those types. And the variety should increase in the next few years as the UMore Park property is developed.

But as we look to the future of growth in Rosemount, we seek to conserve and preserve the best aspects of what we already have. Next week will see another annual event of spring in Rosemount: our celebration of Arbor Day. The first 180 people with proof of residency will be able to take a tree home for immediate planting. Like before, Dakota Electric is a partner that helps fund the trees. Make sure you follow the safety precautions at www.ci.rosemount.mn.us/arbor.

Keeping Rosemount green will keep our community attractive and healthy for those of us who have already made it our hometown, and for the many who will join us in the next few years.