Gustafson Named Volunteer of the Year

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Gustafson Named Volunteer of the Year

Gustafson Named Volunteer of the Year

Hermantown, MN – The Hermantown Area Chamber of Commerce has announced its 2016 Volunteer of the Year Award recipient.

Bob Gustafson was named as the 2016 Volunteer of the Year. Gustafson, Media Communications Manager for Visit Duluth, is an Ambassador for the Hermantown Area Chamber as well as a member of the Canal Park Business Association.

Gustafson uplifts the chamber in various ways. Gustafson attends ribbon cutting events throughout the year, showing his support to and celebrating area businesses. Gustafson also assisted at the annual Golf Outing stepping in and helping drive members to their designated golf tees, making the event run smoothly for all attendees.

However, most of Gustafson’s volunteerism is unseen, happening behind the scenes. Typically Gustafson is

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Dear Valued Business,

On behalf of the College of St. Scholastica’s student-conducted Economic Research Team, we are writing in hopes that you will participate in our short Business Confidence Survey. This survey’s results are a vital portion of our work to assess the economic vitality of a specific 15 county region in Northeastern Minnesota and Northwestern Wisconsin.

This biannually distributed survey allows local businesses and policymakers access to measures of growth and progress in the region. Additionally, by gathering key local economic indicators and trend information, the survey’s results help us support business owners.

In combination with the University of Minnesota-Duluth and the University of Wisconsin-Superior, our research provides a unique snapshot of how the regional business community views its

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The Hermantown Area Chamber of Commerce is set to launch a new program with the mission to grow small businesses in the Hermantown area. Partnering with Hermantown Federal Credit Union as the sponsor, the program will award an enhanced chamber membership package to an area business.

Doug Ralston, Chief Operations Officer at Hermantown Federal Credit Union stated, “Hermantown Federal Credit Union’s niche is to provide products and services that will benefit small businesses and startups in the communities we serve. Our relationship is more than just an account or a loan; it’s to make sure we are a resource for growth by helping these business owners establish contacts in our community, especially with the Hermantown Area Chamber. We are excited

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Hermantown, MN – The Hermantown Area Chamber of Commerce has announced that a vacancy on their Board of Directors has been filled by Bill Humes. The Board of Directors voted on the decision at the August Board Meeting.

Humes is the General Manager at Grandma’s Saloon and Grill – Miller Hill. After attending the University of Minnesota Duluth for a year, Humes quickly realized his love for working in the hospitality industry. Over the past 37 years Humes has worked in 7 different operations, from corporate hotels to a 35 seat café, the past 29 years taking place with Grandma’s Saloon & Grill’s multiple locations.

Humes was born and raised in Duluth, MN. Humes and his wife Anne have raised

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Swanson Awarded Outstanding Ambassador

Swanson Awarded Outstanding Ambassador

Hermantown, MN – The Hermantown Area Chamber of Commerce announced their Outstanding Ambassador Award recipient at their September Ambassador Luncheon held on Wednesday, September 7th. The Chamber Ambassador Program’s mission is to assist the Chamber in retaining membership through connecting, promoting, and creating a stronger chamber community.

The Outstanding Ambassador Award was given to Jim Swanson. Swanson is the Business Services Specialist at Hermantown Federal Credit Union. A Hermantown High School graduate, Swanson has been with Hermantown Federal Credit Union for 29 years, working in multiple different areas including: Teller, Consumer Loan Officer, Branch Manager, Assistant VP of Lending, and Lending Operations Manager.

Swanson is a constant positive presence at chamber events, being a visible Ambassador and leader for current

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The Duluth Airport Authority is interested in learning more about you and your travel needs. We typically view data collected from the Department of Transportation on the aggregate origin/destination patters of airline customers in this region. This information is a key component used to inform airline decisions about where to fly from Duluth and how often. However more focused information is needed in some instances in order to better understand demand and identify opportunities…

Click the Read More Button to access the full letter and to take the survey.

 

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Our View: Vote for Hermantown center a vote for health

The city of Hermantown will own the place but won’t run it. The YMCA will do that, but the facility won’t just be a Y. And Essentia Health will be there focusing on sports medicine, physical rehabilitation and wellness education, but it won’t just be a clinic, either.

“Call it a regional wellness center,” Hermantown City Administrator John Mulder said in an interview with the News Tribune editorial board.

A center that promises to become a new community focal point and gathering spot could become reality at the site of what is now the Hermantown Middle School with bonding approved this session by the Minnesota Legislature. Lawmakers can consider the allocation money well spent for a facility long needed.

“This

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Wednesday, March 2nd

Dear Chamber Execs,

I couldn’t agree more with you about the urgency to provide UI benefits extension to unemployed miners in Minnesota.  As you noted, there was an attempt earlier this year to convene a special session to address this.  The MN Chamber, so you know, did not engage in the debate that ensued about the need for a special session.  We did, however, respond to inquiries about a UI tax credit or trigger.  I suspect this was because the Chamber had supported legislation in the 2015 session to provide a credit or trigger if the UI fund reaches a surplus level above federal targets for state UI funds.

As for the effort now to have an

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Wednesday, March 2nd

Dear Doug Loon,

We in Northeastern Minnesota need the support of the Minnesota Chamber.  Today there are more than 2,000 workers laid off in our mining and mining related industries and for some of these workers benefits have expired.  Recently Governor Dayton backed away from extending benefits for these workers and we are sure that you know the reason why.  While our chambers support reducing business taxes, this is an issue that should be separate from assisting Minnesotans who need help from the government that they have paid taxes to for many years.  We are asking you, the Minnesota Chamber, to stand with us and encourage legislators to immediately pass a state bill that will extend benefits

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February 17, 2015

House & Senate Members:

RE:       Support for Western Lake Superior Sanitary District Combined Heat and Power Energy Project Bonding Request
On Thursday, February 11th, the Hermantown Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors unanimously voted in support of WLLSD’s Heat and Power Energy Project bonding request. On behalf of the board of directors, I write to you today to urge your support for funding for the WLSSD project in this 2016 bonding session.

The Chamber of Commerce is committed to helping businesses succeed. Affordability of utility rates for our businesses is an impactful factor in choosing to keep or relocate a business in our community. Upon hearing the plans for developing a system in which will

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