The City of Chisholm has worked extensively to collaborate with local partners such as the Department of Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation, the Chisholm Area Chamber of Commerce, the Chisholm Community Foundation, and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development to navigate support to our local businesses through the COVID-19 period as well as plan for long term economic development and resilience through industry diversification. In alignment with the ARDC Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy and the City’s own CDP, we aim to bring high quality broadband access to all businesses within the Chisholm community, make funding resources available for growth, and develop housing opportunities for relocation. The City of Chisholm and Chisholm EDA/CDA has continuously communicated with local businesses about grant opportunities and funding resources to support them through the current economic climate. Many of these partnering organizations are still currently in the process of seeking additional funding opportunities and applying for grants that can allow economic resilience and diversification to the community long term.
In opening the Redhead Mountain Bike Park during 2020, the City has worked extensively with the Minnesota Discovery Center, Iroc, and the IRRRB to ensure the park could be accessible to visitors and residents during the summer of 2020. This soft opening, allowed community members access to a COVID safe experience for their families, and started to bring new tourists to the community. This diversification move has brought over 20,000 visitors to the community during the summer and fall months of 2020, and has given a small support boost to local businesses who are still seeing the financial impacts of COVID-19.
The City of Chisholm has also procured the support of a mountain biking expert to educate and prepare local businesses for the grand opening of the trail scheduled for the summer of 2021.