David Ross is the president and CEO of the Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce. Contact him at 740-3751.
- Member for
- 3 years 9 months
The lack of housing options within our beloved community is causing local employers difficulty in attracting and retaining workers. Concurrently, this limited supply of housing is driving up the average home sale price. Increasingly, housing is less available and less affordable for an expanding number of our community members. This is particularly challenging for young individuals and families striving to purchase their first home within our Zenith City.
A recent study 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 live.
Our beloved industrial port bustles each year during the nine months that it serves as a world port, when the St. Lawrence Seaway is open. Thankfully, domestic shipping lanes are typically kept open for an additional month each year, with the help of tugboats and the Coast Guard's icebreakers. This means that our world famous Aerial Lift Bridge remains in the down position for just two months each year.
Some community members are expressing concern regarding what is perceived to be an increase in crime within our beloved Zenith City. While we understand their concern, the Duluth Area Chamber's leadership remains unequivocally confident in the crime fighting abilities of our Duluth Police Department. Our confidence originates from our belief in, and our unwavering support for, Police Chief Mike Tusken.
Every positive change we can make to Duluth’s increasingly outdated reputation as an anti-development and combative labor town will serve us well. The progressively positive image of Duluth will continue to be enhanced by strengthening the working relationship among various interest groups and organizations in our community.
Our beloved Duluth community's fortunes are inextricably tied to the fortunes of our neighboring community of Superior, Wis. Together we are the enchanted Twin Ports. Our communities share the Great Lakes' largest port. The Duluth-Superior Port is also the largest and farthest-inland freshwater seaport in North America.
Two months ago, our Duluth City Council approved a resolution creating an 11-member task force to study the policies, best practices and potential impacts of a possible earned sick and safe time ordinance for our city. The council's action was the result of a public request made by a coalition of 10 well-intentioned organizations which united under the name Vision Duluth.
Duluth is on a roll. So, too, is the Duluth Area Chamber. Our community and our Chamber have fought hard for this collective good fortune. It is the result of a sustained and unwavering collaborative effort. We recognize how a vibrant business community can lift up our Zenith City by providing jobs and opportunity for our community members. Be assured, we do not intend to rest on our laurels. Rather, the Chamber is preparing for an ambitious and productive 2017. You can count on us to: XXXXXXXXXX BULLET POINTS XXXXXXXXXXXX
Duluth's unique physical beauty and diverse cultural environment create our competitive advantage. Our people work together, with respect for each other, to ensure that development is consistent with Duluth's character as an urban wilderness. Our community is a welcoming and safe place to live offering high skilled, quality employment. Duluth is a place where every resident has opportunities to thrive and succeed.
If we are fortunate, there will be a time in our life when our career, our interests, our family and our beliefs meld together in an energizing, unifying force. This typically occurs later in one's life. It often requires several years of evaluation, reflection and good fortune.