Preparing for a Duluth City Council Decree


It was a rare and unfamiliar experience. This past Monday evening, for just a moment, I was able to see clearly and vividly into the future. It was a revelation. What I witnessed, in that flash of clarity, was how the Duluth City Council will soon mandate that businesses based in Duluth provide paid, earned […]

Support for Garfield Square Housing Development


Our beloved community needs more housing. The proposed Garfield Square Housing Development will provide Duluthians with fifty new apartments. The Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce supports the building of this apartment building. The Chamber remains an unwavering advocate for engaging our members in generating housing solutions for Duluth. The proposed apartment building would be built […]

We Are a River City


If not for Duluth’s fortuitous location on the Greatest of the Great Lakes; our Zenith City would be heralded as a Great City on a Great River. Duluth’s twenty-plus miles of shoreline is evenly distributed between the St. Louis River and Lake Superior. Unfortunately, previous generations polluted the river. Consequently, for decades, many within our […]

Leadership Duluth Remains Strong


The Chamber’s decision to initiate Leadership Duluth in 1987 has stood the test of time. The initiative remains vibrant and beneficial twenty-nine years later. Leadership Duluth came about as a result of the Chamber and the Junior League of Duluth recognizing that our community’s collective leadership capacity will determine our community’s future. The City of […]

A Collaborative Local Voice


Elected officials are accustomed to multiple competing special interest groups concurrently lobbying them on behalf of individual state bonding requests. Most often, these interest groups have opposing and conflicting requests of these elected officials. There are old, tired rivalries: business versus labor, and government versus private sector, which elected officials must navigate during each legislative […]

Advocating for Developers


Two years ago, the Chamber set out to more fully understand the experiences developers encountered when they moved projects through the City of Duluth’s Planning & Construction Services Department. We subsequently interviewed individuals who had shepherded building and expansion projects through City Hall. It was an education. We learned much about what went well and […]

An Ideal Place to Play Hockey


The tenth annual Hockey Day Minnesota Celebration, held this past weekend, was the Celebration’s finest, boldest and most picturesque. Our beloved City of Duluth was the host site for this year’s Celebration. I applaud Fox Sports North for selecting Duluth as the site to celebrate the sport of hockey. Their decision made sense since Duluth […]

Continuing a Long Partnership


Our Chamber recently celebrated its 145th year of service to our beloved community. This fact, along with the election of Mayor Emily Larson, has me pondering the inextricable connection and collaboration that exists between the Chamber and the City. The City and the Chamber were incorporated in the same year. Consider for a moment how […]

Thank You, Jeff Foster


Our community’s ability to retain its vibrancy depends, in part, on our capacity to offer an appealing place in which to live. We must continue to impress Duluthians and attract newcomers to our beloved Shining City on the Hill. One way Duluth can remain enticing is by offering citizens and visitors vistas and structures that […]

Standing in Support of PolyMet Mining


For 145 years, the Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce has served as the voice of business for our area. We are 1,100 members strong. The twenty-two leaders who serve on our Board of Directors are chosen to represent our members and to advocate on our members’ behalf. On January 28, 2014, our Board of Directors […]