Former Duluth Mayor Don Ness will work with the Tunheim public affairs firm

The Tunheim public relations firm said it will partner with former Duluth Mayor Don Ness on business projects in the Duluth/Superior area.

Ness, who didn’t seek re-election last year after two terms as mayor, is also starting his own firm, Hillside Ventures, which will “specialize in business and economic development, executive strategies, organizational development and public affairs messaging in the Twin Ports area.”

Earlier this month, he told the Duluth News Tribune about his plan to start his own business while entering into the “strategic partnership” with Tunheim.

Ness said he won’t be a lobbyist with Tunheim, which he called  “one of Minnesota’s premiere public affairs agencies.”

He said of Tunheim: “They have a strong mix of primarily private-sector clients. But they also do some higher-level public affairs messaging and coalition-building work.”

Kathy Tunheim, president and CEO, said: “We’ve known Don Ness for many years and have greatly admired the leadership and innovative spirit he brought to his time of service in Duluth. We’ve also had opportunities to work with organizations in the Twin Ports and fully expect that Don will be as engaged as ever in the continuing emergence of that region.”

In a statement, Tunheim said it will work with Ness “to help organizations identify innovative solutions to solve their most complex problems and rethink their approaches to capitalize on their most important opportunities.”

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