Economic Development

Services: Economic Development Authorities

Contact: Chris Fleege Executive Director

Address: 402 City Hall , Duluth, MN 55802

Phone: 218-529-6225



The Duluth Economic Development Authority (DEDA) plays the leading role in projects in Duluth related to business, housing and economic development.

Since its creation by the Duluth City Council in 1989, DEDA’s mission has been to promote the economic vitality and industrial development of Duluth. The areas of concentration are as follows:

-Citywide business development and retention emphasizing the creation of jobs and increasing the tax base of the community

-Continual enhancement of public and private investment in the business/commercial districts of the city

-Development of the entire waterfront capitalizing on this significant natural asset and enhancing its value to the community

-Encourage the provision of a targeted broad range of housing as needed in the community to support growth and to preserve and enhance older neighborhoods, and

-Advocate progressive public policy for development issues.

This mission is carried out by the DEDA Board of Commissioners, which consists of three city councilors and four business people from the community. DEDA’s structure allows the authority to meet the needs of developers and create innovative financing based on sound business practices.

Duluth Economic Development Authority serves the Northland, Arrowhead, Duluth MN Superior WI MSA, and St. Louis county areas.