GDC annual meeting Wednesday

Duluth’s Greater Downtown Council will host its 33rd Annual Dinner Meeting on Wednesday night at Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. Nearly 650 people are expected to attend.

Author Peter Kageyama is the keynote speaker. He is the author of For the Love of Cities: The Love Affair Between People and Their Places and the follow up, Love Where You Live: Creating Emotionally Engaging Places. He is the former president of Creative Tampa Bay, a grassroots community change organization and the co-founder of the Creative Cities Summit, an interdisciplinary conference that brings citizens and practitioners together around the big idea of ‘the city.’

This event also provides the GDC with an opportunity to highlight 2018 priority initiatives, all of which revolve around the reconstruction of Superior Street. During the Annual Dinner Meeting, the membership will be asked to approve the following nominees to the 2018 Board of Directors:


Chair — Mike Polzin, Minnesota Power

Vice Chair — Regina Fodness, Canal Park Business Association/Canal Park Lodge

Secretary/Treasurer — Jenn Ryan, National Bank of Commerce

Immediate Past Chair — David Jensch, KBJR 6 & CBS 3

Board of Directors

Second Term — Jessica Stauber, St. Luke’s

They would join the following current board members Kim Chick, Inn on Lake Superior; Diane Davidson, Essentia Health; Tami LaPole Edmunds, Art in the Alley; Jax Eisenmann, Greysolon Ballroom by Blackwoods; Brian Forcier, Titanium Partners; Matt Gottwald, North Shore Bank of Commerce; Keith Hamre, City of Duluth; Eric Johnson, Fryberger Law Firm; Shelley Jones, Jones Group Duluth; Pam Kramer, LISC; Mike Maxim, Dubh Linn Irish Brew Pub; Mike Seymour, Lake Superior College; and Laura Sieger, maurices.

The evening begins with a social hour at 5 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m. and program to follow. Reservations are required as the event is nearly sold-out. Contact the Greater Downtown Council at 727-8549 if you are interested in attending.

The Greater Downtown Council is a non-profit organization that advocates for its members in support of a vibrant, friendly and sustainable Downtown Waterfront. It also serves as the management entity of the Duluth Downtown Waterfront District.

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