Business and Economic Development
| economic vitality, job retention and growth, industrial development and redevelopment of existing properties through public-private partnerships.
Duluth, the place to grow and prosper
The City of Duluth's Business and Economic Development Department combines the resources of three inter-related citizen, community and business support divisions in one department. We provide community information and referral services, technical and financial resources, and one on one guidance to help support prosperity and growth in Duluth.
- Business Development is funded by the City of Duluth to provide economic development services to business and citizens.
- Our mission is under development. Please check back. Several of our key activities include providing technical assistance to businesses and entrepreneurs, facilitating public land purchases and sales, supporting infrastructure development, and site redevelopment.
- We also provide staff support for DEDA, the Duluth Economic Development Authority. DEDA activities are overseen by a group of seven volunteer Commissioners appointed by the Mayor, including three City Council members and four citizen members.
- Economic Development receives funding under the federal Economic Development Block Grant program and other granting authorities to support and strengthen our City. Our work is overseen by the Economic Development Committee, a citizen volunteer body whose members are appointed by the Mayor.
- Our mission is to invest in community programs that help low and moderate income people by addressing basic needs, providing affordable housing, and increasing economic self-sufficiency.
- Workforce Development receives funding under the federal Workforce Investment Act and state sources to operate employment and training programs. Our work is overseen by the Duluth Workforce Council, a citizen volunteer body whose members are appointed by the Mayor.
- Our mission is to build a system that provides a skilled, diverse and adaptable workforce to meet existing and future labor market needs and to increase prosperity in the community.