Downtown Greater Council

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Benefits of Membership

Working for Our Members' Success


  • The Greater Downtown Council is dedicated to the promotion and development of a clean, safe and vibrant central business district. We also serves as the managing entity of the Duluth Downtown Waterfront District, a Special Service District, that operates several programs including the popular Clean & Safe Team.

  • Catalyst for Enhancing our Business Climate: We bring together business, community, and goernment leaders to focus on issues and opportunities.

  • Advocacy: United voice! Together we are greater!

  • Government Relations:  We are a strong advocate for our member businesses and have built strong relationships with key leaders and staff at City Hall

  • Networking Opportunities:  The GDC hosts quarterly breakfast meetings, Downtown Perk, a talk-show styled speaker series, Downtown Live, and an Annual Dinner meeting, providing members a great chance to network.

  • Sponsorship Opportunities: Become an season-long event sponsor, or choose one to support.

  • Reduced fees for events and marketing initiatives.

  • Cooperatie advertising and promotion opportunities.

  • Business Counseling

  • Referrals

  • Leadership Recognition

  • Complimentary listing on website and in GDC Downtown Duluth brochures and other printed pieces.

  • Park Plus: This program allows member businesses to purchase coupons at a discounted rate so that you may provide your customers free parking at ramps. Many members recoup their membership dues every year through their participation in the Courtesy Park Program. 

  • Special Events:  From Sidewalk Days Festival, Classic Car Show & Harley Revue, to Eat Downtown-Duluth Restaurant Week and holiday campaigns tied into Bentleyville, our events attract people to the core of our city.

  • Skywalk & Waterfront Map: 110,000 printed annually, listing member businesses that are more retail/hospitality orientated.

  • Skywalk administration and wayfinding signage

  • Visioning and economic development

  • Streetscape improvement planning

  • Monthly Newsletters correspondence and email list:  updates on what is happening downtown.

  • Marketing of the Downtown: The GDC spends approximately $75,000 to attract visitors to our Downtown events and activities. We also offer cooperative advertising discounts.

Current Membership Opportunities

All year long the Greater Downtown Council offers different ways for you to highlight your business.  Please check out some of these details below.

Open Up Your Holidays

2014 Winter Holidays Timeline

2014 Holidays Registration Form


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