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

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

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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