We did it.

Thank you for choosing an inclusive, citywide vision that builds on our momentum while ensuring that all neighborhoods, and neighbors, are a part of it. Thank you voters, volunteers and partners. Thank you, Duluth.

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Chapter 2:

Economic Development
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Our Future

I ran for Mayor because Duluth’s next chapter is critical for its story, and our stories. We have work to do to ensure our positive growth has staying power. I am committed to building on our momentum and making sure our entire community benefits from a vibrant future.

Economic Development

Job creation and expanding our tax base are two key components critical to growing our economy, generating the revenue we need to maintain critical city services, and providing residents with opportunity for economic growth.

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Quality of Life

I have championed parks, trails and libraries because these are key, quality of life public services that support health, education and lifelong learning for all Duluthians, regardless of income or zip code.

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Duluth is host to a portfolio of neighborhoods, each with their own stories, histories and points of pride. And right now, every single day, in my job as an At-Large City Councilor I have been elected to represent all of them.

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Our next chapter will require courage, focus, collaboration and stamina. Duluth is right to expect a lot from this next Mayor. There’s simply too much at stake, for your family and for mine, to expect any less.

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About Emily

Emily Larson and Family

Emily Larson is President of the Duluth City Council. Elected as the top council vote getter in a strong city-wide campaign, she is a Duluth Economic Development Authority Commissioner, a board member of the Great Lakes Aquarium, Visit Duluth, and the Arrowhead Regional Development Commission, and serves as the council conduit to Parks and Libraries.

Emily has an undergraduate degree from St. Scholastica, a Master’s Degree from UMD and teaches on the University level at UW-Superior. She is also a graduate of Intermedia Arts Creative Community Leadership Institute and served on the Advisory Committee that developed the Duluth Energy Efficiency Program (DEEP).

She owns a small business that specializes in boosting the effectiveness of non-profit organizations. Client lists and projects include Local Initiatives Support Corporation and its Duluth at Work economic development model, United Way of Greater Duluth’s Delegation on Educational Outcomes, and the co-development of an evaluation tool to measure the effectiveness of the recently opened Steve O’Neil Apartments – the first supportive housing model of its kind for homeless families in Minnesota.

Emily is an active trail runner and full-time admirer of Lake Superior. She is married to architect Doug Zaun, Co-Owner of Wagner Zaun Architecture. Together they have two sons, ages 11 and 14.

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