Help the hospitality industry through Strong Northland voucher program

A new voucher program is designed to help restaurants in Duluth/Hermantown. A new voucher program is designed to help restaurants in Duluth/Hermantown. | 

Updated: May 19, 2020 11:47 AM

You may be wondering how you can help the hospitality industry right now. Local business groups have banded together to create Strong Northland, a voucher program.


Forty restaurants are already signed up to participate. 

Here's how it works. You purchase pre-paid $20 vouchers to be used at those restaurants.

Carol Valentini implored people to use these as soon as possible. "The restaurant and hospitality industry provides a tremendous amount of support for a lot of organizations. We do it because we love it, and today we are looking to the community. We need help today. We need help so we can survive, so we can get back to normalcy in our Duluth area," she said.

Kristi Stokes, president of the Greater Downtown Council, said, "Use them for curbside. Coming forward in next month or two, go inside, go do deck dining, and support local restaurants."

You order the vouchers online, and then pick them up at a North Shore bank location.

The vouchers will expire August 31, 2020.

$25,000 worth of vouchers have already been purchased, according to Stokes.

Employers are encouraged to buy them for their employees as a way to say thank you for working so hard during this pandemic.

Cirrus Aircraft helped spearhead the initiative. This is a collaborative effort between the Greater Downtown Council, the Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce, the Hermantown Area Chamber of Commerce, and Visit Duluth.

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