• One NW Third Street,
  • Grand Rapids, Minnesota 55744
  • 218-326-6619
  • 1-800-472-6366
  • One NW Third Street,
  • Grand Rapids, Minnesota 55744
  • 218-326-6619
  • 1-800-472-6366

Chamber: Public Policies

The Grand Rapids Area Chamber has formal policies on the following issues as of December 1, 2018:

City/County/State

2002 Resolution Requesting the Minnesota State Legislature to Address the Issue of Smoking in Restaurants and Bars
2003 Resolution Supporting Job Opportunity Building Zones
2005 Resolution Supporting the Equal Reg of Telecommunications
2006 Resolution Supporting Odd Year Elections
2007 Resolution Opposing a Moratorium Prohibiting Acceptance of, or Consideration of Commercial and Residential Planned Unit Developments and Minor and Major Subdivisions
2007 Resolution Supporting Regulatory Relief for Community Banks – 8-25-17
2008 Resolution Regarding Conditional Use Permits for Existing Resorts
2008 Resolution Regarding Zoning Changes That Will Allow Existing Resorts to Expand Into Previously Non-Permitted Areas
2009 Resolution Regarding Project Labor Agreements and Itasca County
2009 Resolution Supporting the Removal of Geographical Restrictions
2010 Resolution in Support of Rural High Speed Broadband Internet Service for Rural Areas of Minnesota
2012 Resolution of Support USPS Federal Policy Changes
2014 Resolution Supporting Encouraging Local Communities to Adopt the Itasca County and or City of Grand Rapids Resolutions Regarding an Ordinance Regulating Synthetic Drug Establishments
2014 Resolution Supporting the Reif Center’s Bonding Request from the State of Minnesota
2016 Resolution Supporting Grand Rapids Arts & Culture Commission
2017 Resolution Supporting Regulatory Relief from the 2010 DODD-FRANK ACT

Education

2004 Resolution Supporting the CIRI Grant
2007 Resolution Supporting School Finance and Accountability
2008 Resolution Regarding School Credit Requirements
2008 Resolution Regarding School Start Date
2010 Resolution Supporting MN State College Grant Program
2010 Resolution in Support of Continued Funding for the Minnesota State College Grant Program

Energy

2002 Resolution in Support of UPM-Kymmene and Minnesota Power to Build and Operate the Proposed Rapids Power, LLC Facility in Grand Rapids
2005 Resolution Supporting Excelsior Energy Developing the Mesaba Energy Project
2007 Resolution Supporting Minnesota Powers Initiative to Add New Pollution Control Equipment at the Clay Boswell Energy Facility in Cohasset
2013 Resolution Supporting MP’s Integrated Resource Plan and BEC 4 Environmental Up-grade
2014 Resolution in Support of the Enbridge Sandpiper Pipe Line Project
2016 Resolution Supporting the Reduction of Operating Cost for Northeastern Minnesota Industries Who are Energy Intensive and Globally Trade Exposed
2018 Resolution Supporting Enbridge’s Line 3 Replacement Project in Minnesota

Forestry

1998 Resolution in Support of the Snowmobile Stud Ban
2002 Resolution Supporting Healthy Forests for Business
2003 Resolution Supporting Right to Practice Forestry
2003 Resolution Supporting the Blue Water Bill
2003 Resolution Supporting the Comprehensive Land Use Plan
2004 Resolution Supporting Right to Practice Agriculture Resolution
2005 Resolution Supporting Forest Legacy Partnership
2005 Resolution Supporting UPM Blandin Paper’s “Thunderhawk” Project
2010 Resolution Supporting Hunting Works for MN
2017 Resolution Opposing MPCA Proposed Wild Rice Sulfate Rule

Healthcare

2011 Resolution Supporting Wellness in the Workplace

Mining

2002 Resolution Supporting Taconite Tax Reduction
2003 Resolution Supporting the Taconite Industry, Saving the Jobs, Reducing the Tax, Providing for our Cities and Schools
2004 Resolution Opposing Senate Amendment to the Taconite Tax
2005 Resolution Supporting Minnesota Steel Industries
2007 Resolution of Support for the PolyMet Mining Project
2009 Resolution Supporting Mining in NE Minnesota and Opposing Additional Legislation Hindering the Development to Mining in MN
2010 Resolution Supporting Magnetation Mining
2015 Resolution Supporting PolyMet Mining Project
2016 Resolution of Support for Minnesota’s Mining Industry

Taxes

2004 Resolution Supporting Itasca County Lodging Tax
2007 Resolution Supporting Itasca County Wide Lodging Tax
2007 Resolution Supporting Gas Tax Increases and Hwy 169 Completion
2010 Resolution in Opposition of Redirecting Payment in Lieu of Taxes
2010 Resolution Regarding Federal Performance Tax on Local Radio Stations

Transportation

2003 Resolution Supporting Increasing Truck Weight Limits
2003 Resolution Supporting Reduction of Transportation Costs for Business
2005 Resolution Supporting MN Moves
2006 Resolution Supporting Changing the Language in the Proposed 2006 Motor Vehicle Sales Tax Constitutional Amendment
2007 Resolution Supporting the completion of Trunk Hwy 169
2013 Resolution Supporting Commercial Bus Lines
2013 Resolution Supporting MN TZD

These policies may be viewed in their entirety at the Chamber offices.