Sales are up in Rosenberg.

In fact, they’re the highest they’ve ever been. Which is saying something considering the global pandemic has essentially shut down the entire world.

Economic Development Director Jeremy Heath shared the good news with the board at the January Rosenberg Development Corp. meeting.

“For our 2020 final, our total what we brought in as a city, was $20,837,570.97, according to the comptrollers numbers, which would be the highest numbers we’ve had in the city, which is a positive economic indicator,” Heath said.

“In January, (sales were) up 30% compared to last January’s numbers.

“I’m very pleased and I’m sure you guys are too. We had a conversation in March and April trying to speculate how the pandemic was going to effect us. We were very conservative and we looked at it in a way to prepare for the worst and expect the best. And our expectations came out.”

According to Heath, unemployment is holding steady at 9%, which is on par with the county and state.

“Now that (unemployment) is stable, hopefully we’ll see that thing tick down to where the pandemic stated in the 4-5% range,” Heath said.

RDC board member Herb Phelan said when the pandemic began in the spring, he was pessimistic about what could happen to the city.

“I’m thrilled with how wrong I was,” Phelan said with a smile.

“Yes sir, we all are,” Heath replied.

Phelan added that he was proud to be part of the RDC.

“I met recently with former Mayor Joe Gurecky who was at the inception of the RDC,” Phelan said. “The former mayor and former founder of this is very proud of what it’s become. I have to say I’m equally proud to be part of it now.”

Heath said that was high praise.

The RDC is funded by a one-half cent sales tax.

The board engages in projects related to primary job creation in the city.

The next RDC meeting will be held Feb. 3 at 5:30 p.m. The public toll-free dial-in numbers to participate in the telephonic meeting are 877-853-5247 and 888-788-0099.

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