The Great Lakes Aquarium Turnaround

The Great Lakes Aquarium is a community treasure. It inspired us to explore our connection to Lake Superior, the Greatest of the Great Lakes. In recent years, the aquarium has transitioned from being a financial challenge for the City of Duluth into a robust financially vibrant, compelling attraction for both community members and visitors. The […]

Making the Best of a Bad Situation

  For two years, the Chamber fought a noble and courageous battle against the implementation of a mandated earned sick and safe time ordinance in Duluth. In doing so, we ensured that Duluth City Councilors understood the negative impact their mandate will have on local businesses. We challenged city councilors to illustrate empathy for the […]

This Place is About to Blow

You would be justified in wondering why I, an uptight Chamber executive, walk along the streets of beautiful downtown Duluth singing to myself the lyric, “This place is about to blow.” You would also have good reason to ponder why I choose to open this editorial with this lyric from the song, Blow, recorded in […]

Appreciation for City’s Efforts to Enhance Project Review & Approval Process

Six years ago, the Chamber set out to more fully understand the experiences developers encountered when they moved potential projects through the City of Duluth’s Planning & Construction Services Department. We interviewed several individuals who had shepherded building and expansion projects through City Hall. It was an education. We shared our findings with the City’s […]

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 […]

ADVOCATING FOR COMMERCIAL PROPERTY OWNERS AND MANAGERS – CHALLENGING COUNTY’S ASSESSED PROPERTY VALUES

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 […]

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