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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

Pizza and public policy with Sen. Tom Bakk


Come enjoy a free North House-style wood-fired pizza lunch on Tuesday, Nov. 3, and discuss the state of public affairs in Minnesota with your representative in the Minnesota Senate, Majority Leader Tom Bakk.

The Cook County Chamber will host Sen. Tom Bakk for a town hall meeting at North House Folk School from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 3, in the North House... read more

Chamber board position on upcoming school levy referendum


 I have been asked about the chamber board’s position on the upcoming school levy referendum  several times now, so I thought I would send all of you this explanation.
At the Chamber board’s Aug. 27 meeting, it heard a presentation by representatives of ISD 166 on the school levy that will be the subject of a referendum on Nov. 3. The... read more

Candidate forum for DFL District 3A primary


The Cook County Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a House District 3A DFL primary election candidate forum from 7-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 16, at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts in Grand Marais. Mail ballots for the DFL primary should show up in mail boxes on Sept. 14 or 15, so you can attend the forum and still  have lots of time to mark your ballot... read more

June lodging sales

June lodging sales for Cook County show increases in all three areas where the lodging tax is collected (Lutsen-Tofte, Grand Marais and Gunflint Trail). Grand Marais continues to show especially impressive gains: http://www.cookcountychamber.org/charts.php?id=15

Compared to last year, Grand Marais lodging sales are up more than 22 percent through June, according to... read more

New Business Directory

The Cook County Chamber of Commerce has just finished work on what we believe is the most comprehensive business directory of the county ever compiled.  To be listed in it, and to ensure  your listing is accurate,  here is what you need to know.
1. The next step is to have every county business review the information in their listing. We need to know if it is complete and... read more

Chamber soon will unveil new county business directory

We are putting the finishing touches on a new, comprehensive county business directory. One version of it will live on the Chamber website. 

The online directory will be searchable. You will be able to generate lists of businesses by name, business type, zip code. Each listing will contain physical address, mailing address, name of principal contact, web address, email... read more

Taconite Harbor power plant to be idled in 2016

Minnesota Power announced this morning that it will "idle" the Taconite Harbor coal-fired power plant in 2016. Here is a fact sheet Minnesota Power provided giving details of the closure and explaining how it fits into the planning process Minnesota Power calls "EnergyForward":

Minnesota Power has announced it will "idle" the Taconite Harbor coal-fired... read more

Fiscal 2015 activities report to annual member meeting

Fiscal 2015 activities report to annual member meeting

2015 Legislative Agenda: This consumed a great deal of our time, energy and budget. Top priority this session was securing $250,000 in state funding for Phase 2 development of the Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center. It appears we will be successful.
Other priorities:
• Ensuring that Cook County and Grand... read more

Chamber Hails Funding for Grand Marais-Cook County Airport Runway Extension


Grand Marais – The Cook County Chamber of Commerce today expressed gratitude and excitement at the announcement from the U.S. Department of Transportation that $2.9 million in federal funding has been awarded the runway extension project at the Grand Marais-Cook County Airport.
“This is great news for the county and its residents,” said Jim Boyd,... read more

Chik-Wauk Museum Poised to Receive Legacy Grant


St. Paul, MN—A grant of $250,000 for phase two of the Gunflint Trail Historical Society’s Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center is included in the Legacy Omnibus bill that awaits final action by the Minnesota Legislature in an upcoming special session.  This phase includes building a nature center, a boathouse, a replica of a rental cabin from over 50 years... read more

Thirteen New Great Place Projects Across Cook County

Grand Marais, Minn. – The Cook County Chamber of Commerce and the Moving Matters project of the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic are pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 Great Place Project. Twenty seven local businesses, nonprofits, and individuals submitted creative ideas from across Cook County and Grand Portage. $10,000 in grants will be awarded to 13 recipients to help create great... read more

Apply to be part of Great Place Project 2015

After a successful first year of the Great Place Race, the newly renamed Great Place Project will offer a second year of mini-grants for placemaking in Cook County and Grand Portage. The Great Place Project is looking for businesses and organizations to apply with their high impact, low cost idea to make a place great. Mini-grants range from $250 to $1,000 per project.

What makes a... read more

Will you be in coming county business directory?

The Cook County Chamber of Commerce is gathering data -- including those elusive PO box numbers -- on every possible business in Cook County. In coming months, we hope to publish a comprehensive county business directory. Our experience is that great need exists for such a directory.

Chamber executive assistant Suzanne Sherman has been contacting every business in our database to... read more

Chamber aggressively pushes Cook County interests at Legislature

Chamber Executive Director Jim Boyd testifies with Rep. Rod Hamilton, R-Mountain Lake, for workforce housing legislation
Cook County Chamber Executive Director Jim Boyd, with Rep. Rod Hamilton, R-Mountain Lake, testifying for Cook County version of... read more

Great Place Project presentation at business luncheon

Wondering what this Great Place Project is all about?  Hoping to find out if your business or organization is eligible for a mini-grant?  Want to learn more about the 2014 Great Place Projects and impact of those projects on Cook County? Join us on February 19th for the launch of the 2015 Great Place Project!  
Come learn more about this local project, who... read more

Greater Minnesota Partnership unveils legislative package

The Cook County Chamber of Commerce is a member of the Greater Minnesota Partnership. Below is a link to the press release from the partnership outlining its legislative agenda for 2015. We have been working closely with the partnership on shaping its housing proposals so they might potentially benefit Cook County. Here is the link: 

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Cook County Chamber welcomes improvements, expansion at Lutsen Mountains

“This is, hands down, the most exciting economic news for Cook County in decades, ” said Jim Boyd, executive director of the Cook County Chamber of Commerce.
Boyd was referring to the announcement Dec. 23 that the family owned Lutsen Mountains will invest $7 million immediately in a new, larger and faster gondola to Moose Mountain, and hopes also to invest roughly $30 million... read more

2015 Cook County Chamber legislative priorities

The 2015 Legislative Agenda recognizes the issues and relationships most critical to Cook County and is targeted at positioning the county and surrounding communities in a place to build and strengthen partnerships.
1.  Workforce Housing – Affordable workforce housing supply and quality is a persistent challenge in Cook County. This is common... read more

Cook County Chamber board meeting Nov. 19

The next Cook County Chamber board meeting will convene at 10:45 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 19, Grand Marais City Hall. Agenda will be forthcoming next week. Mostly it will focus on the Chamber's legislative priorities for 2015. Judy Erickson of Conservation Strategies, Inc., who handles government relations for the Chamber, will be on hand to lead the discussion and help set a package of... read more

Last days to register for fall tourism and business gala at Grand Portage


Please join Visit Cook County and the Cook County Chamber of Commerce for the fall tourism and business gala, "Celebrating Optimism," from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21 at Grand Portage Lodge and Casino.

From 5:30 to 7 p.m. will be a social hour and buffet. The Grand Buffet includes fresh veggies and fruit, maple squash soup shooters, rosemary chicken, bacon... read more
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