Building our City by Supporting the Building of More Homes


Duluthians are fortunate to live in such a breathtakingly beautiful city: our shining city on the hill. At the foot of our beloved city is the rugged shore of the greatest of the Great Lakes. Beyond our city boarders is the edge of the wilderness which serves as our playground for an abundance of outdoor […]

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 […]

Join Us at Our 8th Congressional District Candidate Forum


The Chamber’s leadership will, once again this  election cycle, partner with the Duluth News Tribune to host a Minnesota 8th Congressional District Candidate Forum. We are scheduled to do so: Wednesday, September 26, at 10 a.m., at the Duluth Playhouse Theater, located at 506 W. Michigan St.   We will open the doors at 9:30. […]

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 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 […]