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 […]

Duluth City Council and Duluth School Board Candidate Forum


You have an ideal opportunity to, at one convenient time and place, attend our Candidate Forum featuring Duluth City Council and Duluth School Board candidates. The Forum will take place at the Duluth Playhouse’s Underground Theater, located in The Depot, at 506 West Michigan Street. The leadership teams at the Duluth News Tribune and the […]

A Call to Political Action


Throughout the calendar year, it occurs each and every workday. During this primary and general election season, the angst is amplified and I hear it multiple times each day. Typically, this lamentation is voiced by a member of the business community. It is an expression of grief that is offered as both a question and […]

Joyfully Welcoming College Students


Prepare yourself for the wave of energy, investment and activity that is coming our way. It will be a wave of humanity and spending that will lift up our community on a rising tide of prosperity. Our beloved Twin Ports will soon be turbo-charged with the infusion of 23,000 college students. And, they will need […]

Have Your Voice Heard Within Imagine Duluth 2035


  Our talented City of Duluth colleagues are entering the final stage of updating our community’s comprehensive plan, Imagine Duluth 2035. This plan will guide our city’s future physical development, including where growth will occur and where we will invest in our public infrastructure. The Imagine Duluth 2035 process began in June 2016. From the […]

Noble Intentions May Generate Unintended Negative Consequences


Ten months ago, our Duluth City Council approved a resolution creating an eleven-member task force to study the potential impact of a possible Earned Sick and Safe Time Ordinance for our city. The requested ordinance will require employers, located in Duluth, to offer paid sick and safe time to employees. The resolution was approved on […]

Imagining More Housing as a Part of Imagine Duluth 2035


The Chamber’s leadership recognizes the strong link between adequate housing and the vibrancy of our business community. We understand the ways in which an investment in housing construction and housing preservation encourages job growth and the retention of our city’s young talent and young families. We appreciate that housing, at all price points, is needed […]

Mining and Tourism Can Fortify Each Other


A recent study titled, The Future of Duluth & the Arrowhead Region, clearly illustrates how our Arrowhead Community’s mining and tourism industries need not be adversaries. Tourism aids in increasing the appeal of Duluth and the Iron Range. Additionally, it helps promote our beloved region as a place where people choose to work, recreate and […]