The Regional Business Climate

APEX investor-members are focused on growth. Their successes and achievements have a positive impact on the region. Browse recent headlines to get a sense of how investor-members are impacting, and demonstrating their commitment, to the region.

Minnesota and China Connect

Monday, December 04, 2017

Through a class in cultural entrepreneurship, students at UMD and Ocean University in Qingdao, China now have the ability to enroll in the same course, and...
UMD CED: Student to Business Initiative

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Each semester the UMD Center for Economic Development collaborates with local faculty members on the Student to Business Initiative (SBI). This initiative partners student teams...
LSC sponsors business & industry career night Thursday

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Lake Superior College will sponsor a free business and industry career cight on from 5-8 p.m. Thursday on campus. Online reservations are recommended, but not required. Participants can learn...
September APEX Insider at Giant Voices

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

On September 19, 2017, Giant Voices hosted an APEX Insider event at the company’s new space in downtown Duluth. The strategic marketing and communication firm moved into...
APEX Welcomes New Investors

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Greg Follmer Commercial Real Estate Greg Follmer Commercial Real Estate is a performance-based provider of commercial real estate services in Duluth and northeastern Minnesota. With specialties in...
Sappi Receives Recognition from Governor Dayton

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

In late September, Sappi North America (Sappi), a leading producer and supplier of diversified paper and packaging products received an award for its investment in...
APEX Launches Virtual Reality Video

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

In late September, APEX debuted a 360-degree virtual reality (VR) tour that provides prospective site selectors a full-immersion experience of the APEX region from anywhere...
North Star Expo Draws Crowd in Grand Rapid

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

In September, APEX participated in the Minnesota Timber Producers Association’s 64th annual North Star Expo. The event, held at the Itasca County Fairgrounds in Grand...
Fall Events and Conferences

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Fall is always a busy time for the APEX team, as they attend many important local, state and national conferences and events. These events are...
APEX Participates in Fall FAM Tour

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

In September, APEX and several partners were highlighted to national site selectors in a familiarization (FAM) tour held in the Twin Cities. This fall’s tour...
Meet the New APEX Intern

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

In September, APEX welcomed Bettina Milosz to the APEX team as a Business Development Intern. Her vast international internship positions have led Bettina to develop...
LSC offers practical nursing program for veterans

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Starting January 2018, Lake Superior College in Duluth will offer a six-month practical nursing program for recently discharged veterans with medic training and also for active duty...
Cloquet's Sappi North America Presented With Award

Monday, October 16, 2017

CLOQUET - Sappi North America was presented with an award from the Minnesota Office of Foreign Direct Investment for investing in the state of Minnesota. The award highlights the...
St. Luke's celebrates receiving international award

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

St. Luke’s held a special ceremony Wednesday to celebrate its designation as a Baby-Friendly birth facility, a prestigious international award.   Baby-Friendly USA is the authority...
LHB desgns award-winning business center

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The Saint Paul Port Authority and United Properties’ Midway Business Center in St. Paul received a 2017 Award of Excellence in the Light Industrial –...
Sappi Mill Honored With Governor’s Award

Monday, October 09, 2017

CLOQUET, Minn.-A paper company in Cloquet received statewide recognition. Sappi North America received an award from the governor’s office for all the work they do when...
IKONICS enters dye sublimation market

Friday, October 06, 2017

Duluth-based IKONICS Corp. has received a large order for its new dye sublimation product, through which high-quality images can be printed on a variety of...
State honors Sappi North America

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

The state of Minnesota presented Sappi North America with an award recognizing the company’s economic and community contributions in Cloquet. The award was given by...
Sappi snags state award for Cloquet mill

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

CLOQUET — The Sappi pulp and paper mill was recognized by the Minnesota Office of Foreign Direct Investment as the mill's South African owner has...
Sappi snags state award for Cloquet mill

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

CLOQUET — The Sappi pulp and paper mill was recognized by the Minnesota Office of Foreign Direct Investment on Tuesday as the mill's South African...
ALLETE announces acquisition

Friday, September 08, 2017

The U.S. Water subsidiary of Duluth-based ALLETE has acquired Tonka Water, a supplier of water treatment systems. Founded in 1956, the Minnetonka firm has a national...
APEX Welcomes New Investors

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Cirrus Aircraft Headquartered in Duluth, Minnesota, Cirrus Aircraft has been creating state-of-the-art aviation technology for the past 30 years. The company’s mission is to deliver an...
In Case You Missed It: July Board Meeting Recap

Thursday, August 31, 2017

On Thursday, July 6, 2017, APEX hosted the Board of Directors and investor-member meeting at the recently remodeled Holiday Inn & Suites Lyric Conference Center....
Enbridge Hosts Event to Thank APEX Investors

Thursday, August 31, 2017

APEX has been a strong advocate of the Enbridge projects in Minnesota for the past five years. Whether supporting office expansions, Line 67 Upgrades, or...
Meet APEX’s New Intern

Thursday, August 31, 2017

We are pleased to welcome Emma Hartigan to the APEX team as our Administrative Intern. Emma is an honors student at UMD focusing on human...
Maurices launches a campaign honoring teachers

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

#mauriceslovesteachers DULUTH, Minn., Aug. 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- maurices, the best kept billion-dollar secret in retail with over 1,000 stores in North America, introduces a fall campaign, #mauriceslovesteachers, to recognize,...
Essentia Health Grand Rapids Clinic expands

Monday, August 07, 2017

A groundbreaking ceremony took place on July 11 for a $14 million expansion of the Essentia Health Grand Rapids Clinic, located on 1542 Golf Course...
Haines named GPM's chief executive

Monday, July 17, 2017

Peter G. Haines was named chief executive officer at GPM Inc., replacing Rob West, CEO for the past five years. West will continue to serve...
AAR's sales, income rise in FY 2017

Thursday, July 13, 2017

AAR CORP. (AIR)  reported fourth quarter sales of $492.3 million, up 5.1 percent from last year, and full year sales of $1.77 billion, up 4 percent from...
Airport runway work starting this summer

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Runway construction is scheduled to begin later this summer at Duluth International Airport and Sky Harbor Airport as the city's airfields get going on major...
Blandin Foundation awards $4.4 million in grants

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

During their recent summer meeting, Blandin Foundation trustees awarded grants totaling nearly $4.4 million. Following is a list of local grant awards: • Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation....
[Inside NRRI] Wood Products and the Bioeconomy

Thursday, June 29, 2017

NRRI has played a vital role in regional economic development since its inception in 1983. Their Charter is to foster the economic development of Minnesota’s...
Familiarization Tour Returns

Thursday, June 29, 2017

In late June, northeast Minnesota was highlighted to national Site Selectors, as APEX and several partners hosted a unique familiarization (FAM) tour. The three-day tour was...
Meet APEX’s New Intern

Thursday, June 29, 2017

In May, APEX welcomed Mackenzie Anderson to the team as their Business Development and Administrative Intern. Mackenzie is a junior at UMD, working toward a...
Two Wipfli employees earn CPA designation

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The Duluth office of Wipfli LLP CPA and Consultants announced that Makenzie Korby and Emily Andrews have both earned their CPA designation.  Korby is a...
LHB among ‘Top 150’ workplaces

Monday, June 26, 2017

LHB has been named one of the Top 150 Workplaces in Minnesota by the Star Tribune.  “We strive to provide our clients with highly talented staff...
NORTHFORCE gears up for year two of Mentor Connection

Friday, June 23, 2017

Preparations for the 2017-2018 program year of Mentor Connection are underway. Organized by NORTHFORCE, the program will once again pair college students from the University of Minnesota-Duluth and...
Keenan named PolyMet CFO

Monday, June 19, 2017

PolyMet Mining Corp. announced the appointment of Patrick Keenan as chief financial officer. He succeeds Douglas Newby, who has served as CFO for nearly 12...
Essentia Health Fitness Expo today, Friday

Thursday, June 15, 2017

  Grandma’s Marathon weekend officially kicks off this afternoon with the Essentia Health Fitness Expo. The free, two-day event is today from 4 p.m. to 8...

"2016 Top State for Business"


"Minnesota lands back in top 10 of tech-business rankings"

Star Tribune

"#1 State for Quality of Life"


"Fastest-Growing State for Technology Jobs"

Dice, 2015

"Among the Top 10 Most Innovative States"


"Among the Top 15 Best States for Doing Business"


"#3 in Overall Healthcare"

U.S. News & World Report