For the 2014-2015 academic year, RCP partnered with the City of Rosemount on 29 projects that engaged 45 courses across 18 departments and 11 colleges at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities and Duluth campuses, and provided hands-on, applied research opportunities to more than 400 graduate and undergraduate students. Descriptions of the projects, as well as the resulting student work, are listed below, and are summarized in the RCP-Rosemount Partnership Annual Report.

Housing, Transportation and Land Use Projects

Private Student Housing for DCTC: Investigate options for private student housing for Dakota County Technical College students. 
Project Lead: Eric Zweber, Senior Planner, City of Rosemount
UMN Course: HSG 4461: Housing Development and Management (Dr. Lyn Bruin and Dr. Becky Yust)
Student Projects:

Non-Motorized Transportation Assessment: Evaluate the impact of non-motorized transportation plans and investments in Rosemount and recommend strategies to increase biking and walking. 
Project Lead: Jason Lindahl, Planner, City of Rosemount
UMN Courses: PA 5311: Program Evaluation (Dr. Hanife Cakici and Jodi Sandfort)
Student Project: Non-Motorized Transportation Evaluation Plan

Travel Shed Analysis: Conduct a travel shed analysis of where Rosemount residents and employees work and live that can inform future transit and transportation planning, and provide recommendations for increasing transit use. 
Project Lead: Eric Zweber, Senior Planner, City of Rosemount
UMN Courses:

  • PA 8202: Networks and Places (Dr. Yingling Fan). Student Project: Poster 1  |  Poster 2
  • GEOG 5564: Urban Geographic Information Science and Analysis (Jeff Matson). Student Project: Report  |  Poster

Community Gathering Spaces: Research the characteristics of place-making in a suburban setting and identify opportunities for place-making through redesign or redevelopment. 
Project Lead: Dan Schultz, Parks and Recreation Director, City of Rosemount
UMN Courses:

Communications and Public Engagement Projects

Neighborhood Cohesion: Identify strategies to support healthy neighborhood cohesion among residents, as well as integration of neighborhoods into the larger Rosemount community. 
Project Lead: Alan Cox, Communications Coordinator, City of Rosemount
UMN Course: SW 8551: Advanced Community Practice: Assessment, Organizing, and Advocacy (Liz Lightfoot)
Student Projects: New Immigrants Report  |  Senior Residents Report  |  Rosemount Woods Report

Homeowner Association Collaboration: Identify opportunities for collaboration and partnership with homeowners associations to provide public benefit and improved services. 
Project Lead: Christine Watson, Public Works Coordinator, City of Rosemount
UMN Courses:

  • LAW 7750: Community Practice and Policy Development (Dr. Nancy Cook). Student Projects: Report
  • PA 8081: Public/Private Partnerships (Jim Westcott and Kevin Gerdes). Student Project: Report  |  Presentation  |  Handout

Resident Preferences and Community Amenity Capital Planning: Identify strategies for publicizing existing community amenities and engaging residents in future capital improvement planning.
Project Lead: Tom Schuster, Parks Supervisor, City of Rosemount
UMN CoursePA 5145: Civic Participation in Public Affairs (Dr. Kathy Quick)
Student Project: Report

Cultural Integration: Inventory, evaluate, and identify gaps in services and programs geared toward new immigrant groups in Rosemount. 
Project Lead: Lisa Maurer, Recreation Supervisor, City of Rosemount
UMN Courses:

Comprehensive Planning Public Engagement Process: Develop a proposal for a broadly inclusive public engagement process for Rosemount’s upcoming 2040 Comprehensive Plan update.
UMN CoursePA 5253: Planning and Participation Processes (Dr. Carissa Schively Slotterback)
Student Projects:

Youth Wellness Projects

Safe Youth Driving Behavior: Investigate successful programs and partnerships to reduce teen traffic accident risks. 
Project Lead: Chad Rosa, Police Officer, City of Rosemount
UMN Courses: YOST 5032: Adolescent and Youth Development for Youthworkers (Dr. Ross VeLure-Roholt).
Student Project: Report  |  Poster

Healthy and Safe Youth Behavior: Conduct a program inventory, evaluation, and gap analysis of mental health services and substance education and prevention programs that serve youth. 
Project Lead: Chad Rosa, Police Officer, City of Rosemount
UMN Courses: YOST 5032: Adolescent and Youth Development for Youthworkers (Dr. Ross VeLure-Roholt)
Student Project: Report  |  Poster

City Administration Projects

Daytime Staffing at Fire Department: Develop a strategic plan to increase the amount of on-call firefighters available during work week hours. 
Project Lead: Rick Schroeder, Fire Chief, City of Rosemount
UMN Courses:

  • HRIR 6301: Staffing, Training, and Development (Dr. John Kammeyer-Mueller). Student Project: Report
  • PSY 5707: Personnel Psychology (Dr. Deniz Ones and Dr. John Campbell) and PSY 5708: Organizational Psychology (Dr. Aaron Schmidt). Student Project: Report  |  Poster

Employee Stress and Wellness Programming: Assess the health and wellness issues that are most prevalent for Rosemount city employees and provide recommendations for a comprehensive wellness program. 
Project Lead: Emmy Foster, Assistant City Administrator, City of Rosemount
UMN Course: PSY 3960: Stress & Trauma (Dr. Patricia Frazier)
Student Project: Presentation

Parks, Open Space, and Recreation Projects

Recreational Programming for Children’s Interaction with Nature: Assess opportunities for nature-based recreation and play, and recommend improvements to park and recreation systems to provide more nature-based opportunities for children. 
Project Lead: Tom Schuster, Parks Supervisor, City of Rosemount
UMN Courses:

  • REC 3281: Research and Evaluation in Recreation, Park, and Leisure Studies (Dr. Tony Brown). Student Projects: Group 1 Report | Group 1 Presentation | Group 2 Video
  • LS 5100: Revitalizing Environmental Reform: Re-Imagining the Arts for Public Parks (Dr. Roslye Ultan). Student Projects: Report
  • EnEd 4315: Operations & Management (Dr. Ken Gilbertson) (UM Duluth Campus). Student Project: Report | Presentation

Recreational Opportunities for Underserved Populations: Evaluate how well current recreational offerings meet the needs of underserved populations (people with disabilities, seniors, new immigrants) and recommend improvements to better serve the needs of these groups. 
Project Lead: Lacelle Cordes, Recreation Supervisor, City of Rosemount
UMN Courses:

  • PA 5281: Immigrants, Urban Planning, and Policymaking (Dr. Ryan Allen). Student ProjectImmigrant Resident Needs Assessment Report
  • REC 3281: Research and Evaluation in Recreation, Park, and Leisure Studies (Dr. Tony Brown). Student ProjectPresentation
  • EnEd 4315: Operations & Management (Dr. Ken Gilbertson) (UM Duluth Campus). Student ProjectReport  |  Presentation

Community Gardens: Assess Rosemount’s existing community gardening program and recommend programmatic changes to improve gardeners’ success, reduce the administrative burden on staff, and balance the use of public spaces for gardening against other recreational uses and needs. 
Project Lead: Tom Schuster, Parks Supervisor, City of Rosemount
UMN Course: PA 5311: Program Evaluation (Dr. Hanife Cakici and Jodi Sandfort)
Student Project: Community Garden Program Evaluation Plan

Mississippi Riverfront Greenway Restoration: Evaluate existing restoration activities in the Mississippi River Critical Area Corridor and recommend an overall restoration strategy or plan that builds on these efforts and incorporates additional public access opportunities. 
Project Lead: Eric Zweber, Senior Planner, City of Rosemount
UMN Courses: HORT 5071: Ecological Restoration (Dr. Susan Galatowitsch)
Student Projects: Presentation  |  Site N1 Restoration Plan  |  Site N2 Restoration Plan  |  Site N3 Restoration Plan  |  Site N4 Restoration Plan

Turf Management and Athletic Stadium Turf Options: Identify strategies or opportunities to reduce long-term turf and landscaping maintenance costs; analyze the lifecycle costs of using synthetic turf versus natural turf grass on athletic fields.
Project Lead: Jim Koslowski, Public Works Supervisor, City of Rosemount; and Tom Schuster, Parks Supervisor, City of Rosemount
UMN Courses: HORT 4061: Turfgrass Management (Dr. Eric Watkins)
Student Projects: Final Report  |  Student Videos

Invasive Species Management and Environmental Education
Project Lead: Tom Schuster, Parks Supervisor, City of Rosemount
UMN Course: EnEd 5325: Sustainability Issues Investigation (Ken Gilbertson, UMD)
Student Project: Report  |  Presentation  |  Poster

Climate, Energy, and Green Technology Projects

Alternative Sources of Energy: Assess and make recommendations for the use of solar, wind, and other alternative energy sources to power municipal facilities. 
Project Lead: Christine Watson, Public Works Coordinator, City of Rosemount
UMN Course: PA 5242: Environmental Planning, Policy, and Decision Making (Carissa Schively Slotterback)
Student Project: Report  |  Presentation

Climate Adaptation: Identify potential local impacts of climate change in Rosemount, as well as specific strategies to reduce the community’s vulnerability to these impacts, including an education and outreach campaign. 
Project Lead: Jason Lindahl, Planner, City of Rosemount
UMN Courses:

  • LAW 7012: Environmental Sustainability: Land Use and Water Policy (Jean Coleman). Student Project: Report  |  Presentation
  • OLPD 5204: Designing the Adult Education Program (Catherine Twohig). Student Project: Report  |  Poster
  • PA 5242: Environmental Planning, Policy, and DM (Carissa Schively Slotterback). Student Project: Report  |  Presentation

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Study: Develop a climate action plan that identifies specific strategies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions throughout the community.
Project Lead: Jason Lindahl, Planner, City of Rosemount
UMN Courses:

  • SUST 4004: Sustainable Communities (Amir Nadav and Samantha Grover). Student Project: Report  |  Presentation  |  Poster
  • PA 4790/5790: Sustainable Infrastructure and Cities (Anu Ramaswami). Student Project: Memo  |  Presentation
  • OLPD 5204: Designing the Adult Education Program (Catherine Twohig). Student Project: Report  |  Poster
  • SUST 4004: Sustainable Cities (Julia Nerbonne). Student Project: Report  |  Presentation

Water Management Projects

Storm Water Management: Identify opportunities or design strategies for storm water infiltration that balance aesthetics and functionality, reduce long-term maintenance costs, manage winter snow melt, and provide opportunities for other passive uses.
Project Lead: Andy Brotzler, Public Works Director/City Engineer, City of Rosemount
UMN Course: PA 5242: Environmental Planning, Policy, and Decision Making (Carissa Schively Slotterback)
Student Project: Report  |  Presentation

Water Reuse and Conservation: Investigate the feasibility of reusing storm water or treated effluent for irrigation, industrial applications, or other uses. 
Project Lead: Andy Brotzler, Public Works Director/City Engineer, City of Rosemount
UMN Courses:

  • PUBH 6132: Air, Water, and Health (Matt Simcik). Student ProjectReport  |  Presentation
  • LAW 7012: Environmental Sustainability: Land Use and Water Policy (Jean Coleman). Student ProjectReport  |  Presentation
  • OLPD 5204: Designing the Adult Education Program (Catherine Twohig). Student ProjectReport

Economic Development Projects

Asset-Based Community Development
Project Lead: Kim Lindquist, Community Development Director, City of Rosemount
UMN Course: PA 5512: Workforce and Economic Development (Dr. Brent Hales)
Student Project: Report  |  Presentation

Analysis of Dakota County Business Clusters: Analyze existing business clusters in Rosemount and Dakota County, identify opportunities for synergies between existing businesses and clusters, and create a marketing strategy to attract or grow synergistic businesses. 
Project Lead: Kim Lindquist, Community Development Director, City of Rosemount
UMN CoursesPA 5590: Topics in Economic and Community Development (Lee Munnich).
Student Project: Dakota County Business Cluster Analysis | Presentation

Eco-Green Business Park: Explore opportunities for attracting green businesses and encouraging adoption of green building/manufacturing standards for a future green business park in Rosemount.
Project Lead: Kim Lindquist, Community Development Director, City of Rosemount
UMN Courses:

  • MBA 6504: Carlson Consulting Enterprise (Toby Nord). Student Project: Report
  • PA 5242: Environmental Planning, Policy, and Decision Making (Dr. Carissa Schively Slotterback). Student Project: Report  |  Presentation
  • PA 5512: Workforce and Economic Development (Dr. Brent Hales). Student Project: Report  |  Presentation

Urban Agriculture: Explore opportunities to capitalize on the existing local agricultural economy in Rosemount by supporting locally grown food and value-added agribusinesses. 
Project Lead: Eric Zweber, Senior Planner, City of Rosemount
UMN Courses: