Have Your Voice Heard – Encourage Councilors to Honor Elissa Hansen’s Legacy on the Council

Please consider encouraging Duluth City Councilors to select an advocate for Duluth’s employers when they chose a successor for their former colleague, Elissa Hansen. You can do so by reaching out to councilors at council@duluthmn.gov. The Duluth News Tribune Editorial Board presents powerful rationale for doing so in the following Duluth News Tribune editorial: Our View: Honor […]

Bracing for the City’s Earned Sick and Safe Time Ordinance

The majority of Duluth’s employers are disheartened by the Duluth City Council’s recent decision to mandate that Duluth’s employers provide additional sick and safe time benefits to employees. The Chamber’s leadership witnessed how this mandate was precipitated by political pressure imposed on the Council by state and local special interest groups. These groups had calculated […]

Progress Realized Regarding County’s Assessed Property Values

As your advocate, I met again yesterday with County Administrator Kevin Gray. He graciously provided me a thorough update related to his efforts to evaluate the assessed property values being determined by the County Assessor Office. This Duluth News Tribune article illustrates much of what Kevin shared with me. I am concurrently hearing from our members who […]


At my request, St. Louis County Administrator Kevin Gray and I met yesterday afternoon. We discussed the business community’s concern regarding the recently released assessed values for downtown commercial properties. I admire and respect Kevin Gray. He is a talented and trustworthy leader. Consequently, I believed him when he assured me that he is thoroughly […]

Chamber Challenges City Council

This is the latest of our sustained, comprehensive and unwavering advocacy for our members… As seen in the Duluth News Tribune  on April 24, 2018. Our View: Council again ignores business concerns By News Tribune Editorial Board Presented with compelling evidence that many businesses in Duluth are struggling to stay afloat, the Duluth City Council […]

Our Streets Are Our Shared Challenge

The condition of our city roads and streets impacts Duluthians, citizens of neighboring communities and tourists. Duluth serves as a regional center with more than 35,000 daily work commuters and 6.7 million annual tourists. We all utilize and benefit from Duluth’s transportation infrastructure. Consequently, it is reasonable that all of us – residents, citizens of […]

Advocate for Developers – Share Your Experiences Moving Projects Through City Hall

For the past five years, the Chamber’s leadership has inquired into the experiences our members encounter when they move projects through the City of Duluth’s Planning & Construction Services Department. It has been a worthwhile endeavor and an enlightening education. Good has come from it. We have shared what we have learned with the leadership […]

Duluth’s Greatest Advantage and Greatest Challenge

Each workday, the Chamber team embarks on a singular goal: to serve our 1,100 members. This endeavor places us on the frontline of advocating for our members. We pay close attention to how employers are treated by our local elected officials. Our advocacy enables us to understand the importance of engaging citizens in a candid […]

November - December 2018

Sappi: Diversified Products, Increased Efficiency


“Thank you for all that you do to promote healthy business life”

Lynnette Steen, Lynnette’s Portrait Design