A Vision for the Future

APEX was founded in 2003 by the region’s private sector thought-leaders who recognized that private sector leadership, secure financial support and a regional approach were keys to a sustainable economy. From our inception, APEX has targeted growth in strategic industries and spearheaded economic and business development efforts.


Today, APEX business and economic development efforts are focused in areas including aviation, technology, manufacturing, professional services and next generation forest products.

Leading strategic research and workforce development projects is core to our mission and supports a sustainable and thriving economy.

APEX plays an integral role in NORTHFORCE.org, an employment match-making collaboration to attract, place, retain, enrich and manage top talent within the APEX Region.


Serving as our region’s lead organization to advance economic development projects requires a combination of expertise, client-focus and stamina.  The APEX team has the business acumen, experience and collaborative approach to bring resources together, build the business case and lead projects from start to finish.

Nancy Norr, Director, Regional Development, Minnesota Power, an ALLETE Company


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