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Job growth in Roch by the thousands in the next decade

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- New jobs: it's a sign of growth and in these challenging economic times, that's good news. Here in Rochester, in the healthcare sector alone, thousands of new jobs are set to become a reality in the next ten years.

As the community continues to grow, so does the need for more housing.Monday the city council finalized the plans for the latest sub division development in southwest Rochester, it's called The Villas at Orchard Hills, and is located just off county road 22. Yet, what's more interesting is how the city is preparing for more jobs on its horizon.

After all the plans have been finalized, moving dirt is just one of the steps towards a new, functional housing development. Along with it though has to be a need, and that's something Rochester will certainly have.

"We're really excited about the economic development projections for the Rochester area," said Jess Ihrke, with the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce.

Latest figures show an increase in the healthcare sector alone by 8,000 to 10,000  jobs within the next decade. Other growing sectors are manufacturing and technology.So just what can the community due to ensure the city continues to grow? The Chamber of Commerce has some suggestions.

"So investing in not only the development of workforce in this community as well as making Rochester attractive and sticky community for those workers to come into is very vital in order for us to reach those projections," stated Ihrke.

The city council president said almost every sector of the city is planning for growth.

"It's not going to take off just like that next summer, but I think you'll see a lot of stuff coming down the pipeline," stated Dennis Hanson, Rochester City Council, President.

The school district is also planning for more kids. In fact, Hanson said they make projections 15 to 20 years out and one of the reasons they built George W. Gibbs elementary on 55th Street Northwest, is because of the many sub divisions the city is planning to build.

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