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Chamber celebrates community's progress -- one job at a time

Tuesday, the Chamber celebrated its 130th Annual Dinner Celebration. Seven-hundred and eighteen individuals participated in the celebration. The event was remarkable in its size and content.

Tuesday, the Chamber celebrated its 130th Annual Dinner Celebration. Seven-hundred and eighteen individuals participated in the celebration. The event was remarkable in its size and content.
It was remarkable that over 718 "business types" would join together to make a joyful sound in support of the business community. Yet, we came together to affirm the progress our community is making as we advance our community, one job at a time, through the positive power of work. We also came together to announce our united confidence for the future of Duluth.
It was also remarkable to have an organization, such as the Chamber, unguardedly articulate its intention to fully accept the leadership challenge associated with advocating for economic development within our beloved community. Accepting the leadership challenge is defined in the following ways.
First, it means to envision an uplifting and enabling future for our community. We intend to do so by articulating a well-defined vision for development within our community that will assist individuals involved in developing our community's comprehensive plan.
Second, we accept the challenge of fostering collaboration with other individuals and organizations as we, together, solve community problems and generate new ideas. Strengthening our business community is a challenge that must be addressed by unions and other business groups as well as the Chamber. We must continue to move toward cooperation versus competition. The Chamber accepts the challenge of generating this collaboration.
Third, the Chamber is committed to meeting the leadership challenge of communicating our ideas and positions on local issues within the community. We understand that communication provides the energy and the trust that will keep our collaboration building effort moving forward. Vital to the Chamber's continuing success is the realization that communication involves listening and receiving information, more so than sending it. The Chamber's leadership intends to ask questions and actively listen to the responses we receive relative to the question of how best to move our business community forward.
Next, we realize that accepting the leadership challenge ironically takes the form of realizing how the fortunes of the Chamber, the Greater Downtown Council, TEAM Duluth, other economic development organizations and neighborhood business groups are inextricably linked. We are mutual stakeholders in developing our community. Together, we can more effectively meet the community's evolving needs.
We ended our 130th Annual Dinner Celebration by recommitting to retaining our optimism in Duluth. We will continue to bring the power of work to individuals and to families. We also fully intend to advocate for our members. In doing so, we are advocating for our community -- and accepting the challenge of providing a thoughtful and optimistic voice for business.

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