Business Retention & Expansion Program
The economic well-being of Roseville depends on the health and stability of our existing businesses and industries. The Roseville Housing and Redevelopment Authority (RHRA) set a goal in its 2012-2016 Strategic Plan (PDF) to “retain and attract desirable housing and businesses that lead to employment, investment, and commitment to the community.”
To accomplish this goal and to get a better understanding of the local business climate, the RHRA has launched a Business Retention and Expansion (BR&E) program sponsored by the RHRA and Xcel Energy. The BR&E program was carried out by a task force made up of people who live / work in Roseville and several local organizations.
On March 3, 2014, the City Council and RHRA discussed the BR&E report so the Council could give direction to the RHRA regarding the projects the RHRA should implement.
On April 15th the RHRA Board adopted the summary report (PDF) with the following projects recommended for implementation:
Establish a business liaison position for the city and connect businesses to outside resources.
Increase networking opportunities for Roseville businesses.
Develop education to employment connections among business and education providers.
About the BR & E Survey
Visits were conducted in November and December 2013 by the task force where they used a structured survey document. Approximately 100-150 non-retail businesses with 5 or more employees were contacted to participate in the survey. The taskforce had 41 businesses that agreed to complete the survey.
The University of Minnesota Extension Center for Community Vitality, compiled the information gathered in surveys into a report. The research report (PDF) was presented to the task force on February 18, 2014, where they reviewed and ranked the potential projects that would address the findings in the report.