Mission & Strategic Plan


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The mission of St. Louis County is to promote health and safety, ensure sound infrastructure, embrace our natural resources, and support an environment where communities prosper. 


We serve the public in a manner that earns trust by incorporating these values: 

  • People-focusedCounty interactions demonstrate caring and respect for our diverse community and workforce.
  • Stewardship County financial, human, and natural resources are used wisely to address the collective needs of the community.
  • IntegrityCounty business is conducted in an open, ethical, and transparent manner that ensures accountability to our stakeholders and the citizens we serve.
  • Fairness County government policies and operations are administered consistently and fairly to ensure equal treatment for all our citizens.
  • InnovationCounty employees continuously strive to improve our services and anticipate community needs.


St. Louis County conducted strategic planning activities in 2016 which included Commissioners and leadership staff. The Strategic Plan can be used as a management and decision-making tool, to guide resources allocation, and to maintain focus on established priorities. Countywide goals were also established to be used as a guide for individual department planning, budget development, and business improvement initiatives. 

Strategic Plan


Duluth Office
100 North 5th Avenue West
Duluth, MN 55802
Phone: 218-726-2000

Ely Office
320 Miners Drive East
Ely, MN 55731
Phone: 218-365-2399

Hibbing Office
1810 12th Avenue East
Hibbing, MN 55746
Phone: 218-262-0100

Virginia Office
300 South 5th Avenue
Virginia, MN 55792
Phone: 218-749-7100