Economic Development

Downtown Duluth The economic development component of the Plan update will provide an in-depth review of the local and regional economy, identify strategies, programs, and projects to improve the economy, and establish policy direction for economic growth. As part of the comprehensive plan update, this component will identify locations for future development and how to support emerging and technology-based economic development. With the input of focus group participants, we developed research questions. Based on our research and input from focus group meetings, we now have draft Economic Development policies. The policies below were presented to the focus group in June 2017, and based on the input we received, we will continue to revise these policies.

Draft policies as of 11/17/17:

Draft Economic Development Section Mission Statement: To develop an economic environment that advances the success and health of our community by promoting growth through an expanded tax base, growing population, and the creation of new jobs and innovative ideas.

Policy 1: Invest in people to increase employees’ skills, ensure workforce availability for employers, and promote income self-sufficiency.

Policy 2: Foster growth of existing employers and strategically recruit new employers to Duluth.

Policy 3: Build on Existing Economic Strengths & Competitive Advantages

Policy 4: Embrace the Outdoors as an Economic Engine and Source of Community Wealth

Policy 5: Effectively Coordinate Marketing, Communication, and the City’s Image

See the complete draft of policies and strategies.


Meeting Agendas and Summaries

Next Meeting: TBA

June 27, 2017

March 7, 2017

October 3, 2016