APEX Timeline

2004
APEX Forms
Business executives recognize that private sector leadership with a regional approach is key to a sustainable economy.
2004-07
Capacity Building
The organization hires a team, determines the strategic industries to target and begins building the credentials and capabilities for the region.
1,000 JOBS
IMPACTED BY 2007
 
 
 
2008
Northland Advantage
APEX responds to the business community’s request to connect employers with candidates looking to relocate to the region. The initiative, Northland Advantage, informally connects professionals with regional employers. The effort eventually transforms, becoming NORTHFORCE.org.
2010
Strategic Resources Group
APEX responds to the need for senior-level strategic assistance to help high-potential businesses. Strategic Resources Group worked with 42 businesses during their time of operation (through 2013).
2010
Data Center - Involta
Involta decides to build, own and operate the region’s first multi-tenant data center. The facility opens in September 2012. APEX and regional partners engaged in a four year attraction strategy to locate the right data center partner.
2010
Itasca Economic Development Corporation Contract
APEX signs an agreement to work collaboratively with Itasca Economic Development Corporation to attract, retain and expand businesses within Itasca County, Minnesota.
2,000 JOBS
IMPACTED BY 2010
 
 
2012
AAR
AAR Corp. decides to locate in Duluth, occupying the former Northwest Airlines Maintenance Facility. Today, the company employs 350-400 people.
2012
Bayfield Contract
APEX signs an agreement to work collaboratively with Bayfield Economic Development Corporation to attract, retain and expand businesses within Bayfield County, Wisconsin.
3,000 JOBS
IMPACTED BY 2012
 
2013
Lake County Contract
APEX signs an agreement to work collaboratively with Lake County to attract a data center to Lake County, Minnesota.
2014
Ainsworth Site Sells
APEX and regional partners engage in a multi-year strategy to attract a project to the former Ainsworth site in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. The property sells to JM Longyear in 2014.
2014
February
Northforce Launch
Talent development and recruitment becomes an increasingly challenging issue for regional employers. To respond to the challenge, APEX and regional partners launch NORTHFORCE.org.
4,000 JOBS
IMPACTED BY 2015
2016
Cirrus Design Expansion
APEX and partners support Cirrus Design’s efforts to construct a product completion center. The Certificate of Occupancy is granted in 2016.


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