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.

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...
Science-themed summer camp returns to St. Scholastica

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Professors from The College of St. Scholastica will engage middle-school students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subject matter next week. The Shoot for the Stars: Launching...
Minnesota Ranked Third in the Nation

Monday, June 05, 2017

U.S. News and World Report released a study in March ranking Minnesota the third best state in the nation overall. It earned top marks for...
Attracting International Investors

Monday, May 29, 2017

Future economic growth depends on foreign investments due to our global marketplace. More than 95 percent of the world’s population and 80 percent of the...
Titanium pilot project on Range dubbed success

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Scientists say they've successfully turned an abundant Minnesota mineral called ilmenite into valuable titanium dioxide in a pilot-scale demonstration project on the Iron Range. The announcement...
Duluth airport to receive high-tech passenger scanner

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is installing an Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) scanner at the Duluth International Airport’s checkpoint. It will enhance the security of passengers,...
LSC faculty members receive state teaching awards

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Twenty-seven outstanding Minnesota State faculty members, including Lake Superior College faculty members Kent Voelkner and Amy Jo Swing, were honored during the Minnesota State Board of Trustees Awards for Excellence...
PolyMet dam permit applications advance

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said Tuesday that two PolyMet applications for dam safety permits have been passed along to local governments and Indian...
Tom Werner Elected Airports Council Chair

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

MINNESOTA COUNCIL OF AIRPORTS 644 Bayfield Street, Suite #120, St. Paul, MN 55107 www.mnairports.org Serving Minnesota Airports Since 1983   May 2, 2017, CONTACT: Tom Werner, Executive Director, Duluth Airport...
TKDA receives national safety award

Monday, May 01, 2017

TKDA was recognized by the National Safety Council for completing more than 3 million work hours without an occupational injury or illness resulting in days...
APEX Investor-Members Receive Progress Minnesota Awards

Monday, April 24, 2017

Each year APEX nominates several investor-members for Finance and Commerce's Progress Minnesota awards. Awarded annually, these projects recognize significant investment and economic impact within the...
APEX Spring Conference Season

Monday, April 24, 2017

Shared Services and Outsourcing In early March, APEX attended Shared Services and Outsourcing Week in Orlando. The conference is the world's largest and longest running event...
AMFA Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Monday, April 24, 2017

The Arrowhead Manufacturers and Fabricators Association (AMFA) will celebrate their 20th anniversary in 2017. Since inception in 1997, AMFA has been dedicated to helping manufacturing...
Northland Foundation awards 33 grants

Monday, April 24, 2017

Investing in people and communities for a thriving northeastern Minnesota, the Northland Foundation approved a total of $406,120 in 33 grants during the first quarter...
TKDA unveils new Duluth office

Sunday, April 23, 2017

After years of designing some well-known spaces in the Twin Ports, TKDA decided it was time to design a new space of its own here....
TKDA receives national safety award - Press Release

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

TKDA receives national safety award SAINT PAUL, Minn. — TKDA, an employee-owned provider of engineering, architecture, and planning services, has been recognized by the National Safety...
Minnesota Power solar farm dedicated

Thursday, April 13, 2017

CAMP RIPLEY — There was more wind than sun at this National Guard base near Brainerd on Thursday morning, but the state's newest solar farm...
UMD announces Chancellor Award winners

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Three University of Minnesota Duluth faculty are recipients of the Chancellor's Teaching, Research, and Service awards for 2016 to 2017. Each will give a special...
Sales, profits higher for AAR Corp.

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

AAR CORP. (AIR) reported third quarter fiscal year 2017 consolidated sales of $446.7 million and income from continuing operations of $13.1 million, or 38 cents...
Port shows off new container terminal in Duluth

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

It was a beautiful day to move some containers. The first shipment taking advantage of the Canadian National Railway and Duluth Cargo Connect container terminal was...
Shipping season starts today in Twin Ports

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The first freighters of the 2017 commercial shipping season are scheduled to leave the Twin Ports today. Times are subject to change — but as of...
Lake Country Power plans for new headquarters

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

For Lake Country Power personnel, 2016 could easily be remembered as the year of the storms. Line crews were dispatched at full strength (including crews from...
Border-to-Border Broadband Grants for 42 Projects

Friday, February 17, 2017

Almost 20 percent of Greater Minnesota households don’t have the same broadband connections as urban area residents. That’s about to change. New grants totaling $34 million...
MLHS awarded for patient safety

Friday, February 17, 2017

Mille Lacs Health System has been recognized by the Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) for superior performance in patient safety as part of its Hospital Engagement...
MINNESOTA POWER HONORED FOR STORM RESPONSE

Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Edison Electric Institute (EEI) on Wednesday, Jan. 11, presented Minnesota Power with the association’s “Emergency Recovery Award” for its outstanding power restoration efforts after...


"2016 Top State for Business"

CNBC


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

Star Tribune


"#1 State for Quality of Life"

Forbes


"Fastest-Growing State for Technology Jobs"

Dice, 2015


"Among the Top 10 Most Innovative States"

Bloomberg


"Among the Top 15 Best States for Doing Business"

Forbes


"#3 in Overall Healthcare"

U.S. News & World Report