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The mission of the Cook County Chamber of Commerce is to be the representative voice of county for-profit and non-profit businesses in working to improve the county economy and to address pressing county socioeconomic issues.
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Chamber of Commerce News

Grand Marais to discuss need for more downtown bathrooms

Last week, the Chamber sent a letter to the Grand Marais City Council and mayor urging them to add public bathrooms to the downtown -- not biffies, but permanent, well appointed and well maintained bathrooms. The letter is on the council agenda for 4:30 p.m. this afternoon. We really need Grand Marais retail folks to show up and show their support. If you are able, come on out, 4:30 p.m. today... read more

WTIP interview on rewriting/updating land use plan

Executive director Jim Boyd was interviewed by WTIP's Jay Andersen about the ongoing work of rewriting/updating the Cook County comprehensive land use plan. You can listen to the 15-minute interview here... read more

Good reasons to help redraw county land use plan

Here are just a few of the many important reasons you should consider attending the Sept. 17, public input meeting on rewriting the Cook County land use plan.

1.    Do you think county officials should show greater flexibility and creativity in applying land use regulations, including septic regulations, while remaining within the spirit of the law? Show up and say... read more

A Chance to Help Shape Cook County's Future

It’s not often you get an opportunity to help craft a future for a place you love.

 When you do, you should take it.

Residents of Cook County  will get such an opportunity Wednesday, Sept. 17. From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the community center, a team from county government will listen as residents describe what they would like the Cook County of 2035 to... read more

Next Chamber board meeting Sept. 3

The Chamber board will meet at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 3, in Grand Marais City Hall. All members and others are welcome. Draft agenda for the meeting includes the following items:

Consent agenda for approval:

Minutes for July 24 meeting (draft attached)
Invoices (list attached)
Financial update (see attachments)
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Nominations needed for annual Chamber business awards


We are seeking member nominations for our second annual Chamber business awards. Nominations are due by Sept. 20. Winners will be announced at our Second Annual Cook County Chamber-Cook County Visitors Bureau Fall Gala on Oct. 21 at Grand Portage Lodge & Casino. Much more information about the Fall Gala will be along shortly, but please SAVE THE DATE now.

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Joint Chamber/EDA ad in August Northern Wilds

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Chamber dragon boat crew had a blast

The Chamber dragon boat crew, organized with great aplomb by Barb Heideman and clothed in beautiful shirts thanks to Sue Olson, ate up its "dragon dash" during the 2014 North Shore Dragon Boat Festival.

The Chamber boat went up against a team organized by the YMCA and easily came out on top in the good-natured competition.

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Betsy's fish


Artist Betsy Bowen joined forces with Como Oil & Propane to create this beautiful fish painting on Como's large propane tank in downtown Grand Marais. Funding for the project came from Great Place Race, a joint effort of Sawtooth Mountain Clinic and the Cook County Chamber.

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The Great Place Race: In progress

New 'great places' are popping up around Cook County and Grand Portage! Through a partnership of Moving Matters and the Cook County Chamber of Commerce - MN, 16 projects are in progress this summer.

The Great Place Race is a friendly, local competition for mini-grants to use high impact, low cost ideas to create great places in our communities. A great place... read more

Grant Awards Announced for the Great Places Race

Grand Marais, Minn. – Moving Matters and the Cook County Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce the winners of the Great Place Race. Over 25 local businesses, nonprofits, and individuals submitted creative ideas from across Cook County and Grand Portage. $11,930 in grants will be awarded to 16 recipients to... help create great places within our communities.

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Openings for Leadership Training Workshops

Cook County Higher Ed reports that a few spots remain for the leadership training workshops that the Chamber is co-sponsoring with Higher Ed and the EDA. Deadline for applying is May 12, and you can apply by emailing highered@northshorecampus.org or calling 218-387-3411. Information also is available on the Higher Ed website,... read more
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