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Council votes on Visit Duluth, housing, and more

WDIO
Updated: October 25, 2021 10:37 PM
Created: October 25, 2021 09:47 PM

Visit Duluth's future is set. The Duluth City Council voted Monday night on a three-year agreement with the tourism marketing organization. 

Starting Jan. 1, Visit Duluth will provide convention coordination and group sales, along with operating the visitor center. They'll gets $650,000 a year to do that. The City of Duluth is also paying $300,000 one time to own the Visit Duluth logo and branding. 

Over the summer, councilors opted to go with Bellmont Partners for tourism marketing services. 

In other council business, they unanimously passed a new housing trust fund, which aims to encourage new and rehabbed housing and will incentivize affordable housing. 

The city will use American Rescue Plan funds to support expanding child care options and training staff. 

And councilors also approved increasing the number of vacation rentals allowed in Duluth, although the increase is tied to the creation of new housing units. The vacation dwelling unit cap will increase by 10 percent of the net increase in new housing uniits created per year. The maximum allowed will be 120 vacation rentals.

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