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 […]

Have Your Voice Heard – Mandatory Earned Sick and Safe Time


or the past 21 months, the Chamber has been your unwavering, spirited advocate. We have represented your interests as we have appealed for balance and reasonableness within the Duluth City Council’s march toward implementing a Mandatory Earned Sick and Safe Time (ESST) Ordinance. Our efforts appear to be having a positive impact. Yesterday, city councilors […]

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 […]

Avoid Getting Soaked in Sulfate-Free Water


Like it or not, iron ore mining is the strongest and largest industry in beautiful Northeast Minnesota. For more than 130 years, this industry has worked in collaboration with our neighbors living in the Arrowhead Region to bring jobs and investment to our region. Duluth is a direct beneficiary of this collaboration. When our regional economy […]

Partnering with our Elected Leaders


One week ago, the Duluth Area Chamber partnered with the Duluth News Tribune to host a Candidate Forum which featured our Duluth City Council and Duluth School Board candidates. Fourteen candidates participated in the Forum. My friend and colleague, Chuck Frederick, the Tribune’s talented Editorial Page Editor, and I co-facilitated the Forum. Doing so afforded […]

Chamber Continues Support for Enbridge’s Line 3 Replacement Project


The Duluth Area Chamber’s Board of Directors fully supports the Enbridge Line 3 Replacement Project. Our board is comprised of twenty-three of our community’s business leaders. These board members represent our 1,100 members. Our support comes after thoroughly reviewing the scope, impact and merit of the proposed project. This support is also based on our […]