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.

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...
Minnesotans are Innovators

Monday, April 17, 2017

Minnesota was one of the top states in the nation for patents issued per capita by the Milken Institute’s 2016 State Technology and Science Index....
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...
‘Tis the Season for Growth

Monday, April 10, 2017

Spring is the time for new beginnings and growth. It’s fitting that the APEX team is extra busy this time of year, attending select national...
Tapping into Tree Waste

Friday, April 07, 2017

Often the most innovative businesses emerge when there’s a problem to be solved. Take the forest products industry, for example. New technologies have enabled the...
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...
Cultivating an Aviation Cluster

Monday, April 03, 2017

Cirrus Aircraft started 33 years ago with two brothers and a kit plane in a barn in Baraboo, Wisconsin. Last year, the company launched the...
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...
Citizens speak out during Capitol Days

Monday, March 13, 2017

The 20th Annual Duluth and St. Louis County at the Capitol Days is coming up on March 29. This event in St. Paul encourages residents...
Maintaining a competitive business edge

Monday, March 06, 2017

Staying on top of national and regional business trends in a market that is constantly shifting isn't an easy proposition. Yet, it's crucial to securing...
LHB to Present at 2017 MASBO Institute

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Minnesota and Wisconsin (March 2, 2017) – LHB’s Troy Miller, AIA, REFP, and Becky Alexander, AIA, WELL AP will present at the 2017 Minnesota Association...
U.S. Bank Vice President Addresses APEX

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

John R. Elmore, Vice Chair of Community Banking and Branch Delivery at U.S. Bank delivered the keynote address at the APEX Annual Meeting on January...
Spotlight: Regional Business Retention Visits

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Business retention and expansion (BRE) visits are a strategic initiative for APEX. Each year the APEX team outlines key industries and businesses of focus for...
AMFA Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Wednesday, March 01, 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...
Share Career Opportunities with NORTHFORCE

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

If you have job openings available, NORTHFORCE wants to hear about it. We encourage APEX investor-members to continue posting job openings on the brand new and...
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...
Keying into the best business strategies

Monday, February 27, 2017

Shared Services has been one of the hottest trends in business strategy in the last couple of decades. Half of all Fortune 500 companies have...
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...
Coda recognized for transportation leadership

Friday, February 17, 2017

In recognition for his leadership in the freight transportation and logistics field and contributions to leadership, mentorship and education of future leaders in private sector...
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...
Enbridge closes on Dakota Access stake

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Enbridge has closed on its $1.5 billion purchase of a stake in the contentious Dakota Access pipeline. Enbridge Energy Partners said in a release Wednesday it...
Allete profits up in 2016

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Allete Inc. posted a profit of $155.3 million in 2016, a 10 percent increase from the year before despite a drop in revenue. The Duluth-based company...
APEX names 2017 executive committee

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Duluth-based business recruiter APEX named its 2017 executive committee and received a dose of economic optimism during its annual board and investor-member meeting Jan. 26...
DLH Looks to reconnect with Arizona

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Duluth International Airport has seen its share of takeoffs in recent years — from the surging aviation industry to the departure of Allegiant Air and...
NRRI leads the way in alternative fuel process

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Turning wood into a new product could boost a flagging lumber industry in northern Minnesota, and investigators at the Natural Resources Research Institute – University...
St. Luke's earns national quality based accreditation

Monday, January 30, 2017

St. Luke’s has received national accreditation from DNV Healthcare, the newest Medicare-certified hospital accreditation organization. St. Luke’s said it decided to pursue DNV accreditation to further...
Allete raises quarterly dividend

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The ALLETE, Inc. (NYSE:ALE) Board of Directors has increased the quarterly dividend on the company’s common stock to 53.5 cents per share, an increase of...
Labovitz Award nominations now being accepted

Monday, January 16, 2017

The UMD Center for Economic Development (CED) seeking nominations for the 25th annual Joel Labovitz Entrepreneurial Success Awards, which will be presented during an April 26...
St. Luke's to build new Ashland clinic

Friday, January 06, 2017

St. Luke’s on Friday announced plans to build a new Chequamegon Clinic along the shores of Lake Superior. The 22,000-square-foot clinic will be constructed along the...
Allete Adds more North Dakota wind power

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Allete Clean Energy will expand its North Dakota wind-generating capacity in 2018 with the addition of up to 16 new wind turbines at its Thunder...
PolyMet Mining Corp. Joins APEX

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

At the November board meeting, APEX welcomed new investor-member, PolyMet Mining Corp. The company is a publicly-traded mine development company focused on permitting, building and...
Advance Care Planning: Past, Present and Future

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Brian Hanson, APEX President and CEO, introduced the Advance Care Planning (ACP) guest panel from investor-members Essentia Health and St. Luke’s. The panel presented insights...
New APEX Website is Live

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

An important milestone for APEX in 2016 was updating, refreshing and refocusing the website. Through the hard work of the APEX team, partners and investor-members,...
APEX Insider Event Featured Monaco Air Duluth

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

On Tuesday, December 13, 2016, APEX investor-members attended a private tour of Monaco Air Duluth’s newly expanded facility at the latest APEX Insider event. Monaco...
Northland Connection Launches New Website

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

APEX investor-member, The Northspan Group, launched a new version of the Northland Connection website in early November. The site outlines business assistance tools and features...
Meet APEX's New Intern

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

We are excited to welcome Kasey Wilson to the APEX team as a Business Developer and Administrative Intern. Kasey will be graduating from Lake Superior College...
UMD researchers study taconite pothole patching

Monday, December 12, 2016

A study by the University of Minnesota Duluth Natural Resources Research Institute this year looked at new ways of using taconite byproducts to patch pavement and...
Minnesota Power exploring drone use

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Power costs getting out of hand? The robots are here to help. Minnesota Power is studying the use of drones to help commercial and industrial customers...
Fuse morning workship

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Where do your riches go? Some workers in their 20s, 30s and 40s just don't know how to manage their finances. Most of what they...
LSC choir's free holiday concert Monday

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Songs of joy, peace and celebration to honor the holiday season will be featured at the free Lake Superior College choir concert on Monday at...
Ascena Group reports positive quarterly net

Monday, December 05, 2016

Ascena Retail Group, Inc. (ASNA), parent company of Duluth-based Maurices, reported fiscal first quarter net sales of $1.678 billion compared to $1.672 billion in the...
Two nurse practitioners join Duluth Clinic

Monday, November 28, 2016

Nurse practitioner Kevin Guenard has joined the Trauma Surgery Department at the Essentia Health- Duluth Clinic. He earned a master's degree in nursing from the...
Allete adds another water company

Saturday, November 19, 2016

U.S. Water Services, an industrial water management company owned by Duluth-based Allete Inc., announced Friday it has purchased a Souther California water treatment company. Water &...
St. Luke's announces new doctors, promotion

Friday, November 18, 2016

Dr. Judith Grimmond joined St. Luke's Psychiatry Associates. She received her medical degree from the American University of the Carribean School of Medicine in St....
Giant Voices relocating to Downtown Duluth

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Giant Voices will relocate from Canal Park to an expanded office space in downtown Duluth, the strategic marketing firm announced. The new office will be...
The Boldt Co. announces new website

Thursday, November 17, 2016

The Boldt Company has launched a new website at www.theboldtcompany.com. The re-designed site is optimized for use on all digital platforms and is easier for customers,...
Ferguson named metering engineer

Monday, November 14, 2016

Lake county power recently appointed Ryan Ferguson of Howards Grove, Wis., as metering engineer in its Grand Rapids Service Center. He will be responsible for...
Bulldogs excited to be Kansas bound

Sunday, November 13, 2016

After the Minnesota Duluth football team lost its season opener at Southwest Minnesota State, the Bulldogs knew that they would probably have to win out...
Making Waves in Duluth

Friday, November 11, 2016

University of Minnesota professor Elizabeth Bartlett was concerned that the history of feminist organizations in the Twin Ports was going to be forgotten. "What started to...
Essentia Health adds advanced practitioners

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Physician Assistant Amber Johnson has joined the Vascular Surgery Department at the Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic. She earned a master's degree in physician assistant studies from the...
St. Scholastica hosts poetry slam champion

Thursday, November 10, 2016

An award-winning poet and poetry slam champion will be featured at The College of St. Scholastica's 13th annual Warner Reading Series 7:30-9:30 p.m. on Friday,...
Essentia Health adds Pediatric Hospitalist

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Dr. Teja Dyamenahalli, a pediatric hospitalist, has joined Essentia Health-St. Mary's Children Hospital in Duluth. As part of the pediatric hospitalist team, Dr. Dyamenahalli will care...
A trail to connect campuses

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Students at two major Duluth colleges can now travel a little safer between campuses. On Sept. 22, the Campus Connect Trail officially opened. The trail stretches...
Essentia Health adds emergency medicine physician

Monday, October 03, 2016

Dr. Joseph Bettendorf, and emergency medicine physician, has joined Essentia Health-St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth. "I look forward to starting my practice in Duluth and...
Taking the classroom to the farm

Monday, October 03, 2016

Do you know how your food is grown? That's the question which prompted a field trip for approximately 200 seventh graders from Lincoln Park Middle School....
Concert to feature Renaissance music

Friday, September 30, 2016

An upcoming concert at The College of St. Scholastica will give audiences the chance to experience what music was like four centuries ago. "Music from Shakespeare's...
UWS, LSC formalize cooperation accord

Friday, September 30, 2016

Lake Superior College and the University of Wisconsin-Superior signed documents Thursday to  make their already-existing transfer relationship to a formal agreement. The partnership has been dubbed...
Meet Apex's New Intern

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

APEX welcomes Jake Newsom as their new Administrative Intern. Newsom is a sophomore at the University of Minnesota, Duluth majoring in Finance. After he graduates, he hopes to land...
July Board Meeting Highlights

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The APEX Board of Directors meeting was held on Thursday, July 7, 2016 at the Holiday Inn and Suites in Duluth. APEX Chair, Nancy Norr, welcomed investor-members...
Meet the New APEX Intern

Thursday, June 30, 2016

APEX welcomes Katie Grymala as their Administrative Intern. Grymala is a senior at the University of Wisconsin, River Falls, expecting to graduate in December with...
NORTHFORCE Powers Through 2016

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Suzanne Cormie from the Consulate General of Canada welcomes members of the Chicago International Trade Commissioners Association and local business leaders. On Thursday, May 5, 2016,...
May Board Meeting Highlights

Thursday, June 30, 2016

The APEX Board of Directors met on May 5, 2016, at the Holiday Inn & Suites in downtown Duluth. Steve Licari, Principal with Licari, Larsen & Company, Ltd....
Welcome New Investor-Member

Thursday, June 30, 2016

APEX is delighted to have Otis Magie Insurance Agency as our newest investor-member. Otis Magie Insurance Agency, Inc. designs a comprehensive and cohesive approach for clients to...
Meet The New APEX Intern

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

APEX Business Development Intern, Bella Murphy. APEX welcomes Isabella “Bella” Murphy to APEX as a Business Development Intern. Murphy is a senior at the University of...
2016 Marketing Activities to Date

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Spring is a busy season for the APEX team. The APEX staff attend strategically selected trade shows and conferences to build connections and promote the...
Northforce Recognized by Finance & Commerce

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Randy Lasky, The Northspan Group (left) and Brian Hanson, APEX (right) pictured with Finance & Commerce’s Mark Berriman (center). For the second time in 2016, NORTHFORCE was recognized for their efforts in talent...
March Board Meeting Highlights

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

APEX investor-members in breakout groups discussing how sustainable infrastructure can apply to their respective organizations. The APEX Board of Directors met on March 3, 2016 at...
Upcoming Marketing Efforts

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Spring trade show season is upon the APEX staff. The calendar of events strategically aligns with APEX’s business development efforts to attract, retain and expand...
Meet the New APEX Interns

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Christian Finn, APEX Business Development Intern Beth Chalupsky, APEX Administrative Intern Interns have been instrumental in helping add capacity to the APEX staff throughout the past several years....
Economic Development Workshop

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Phil Schneider presented to regional economic developers at the Duluth Airport Authority late-January. On January 29, 2016, APEX sponsored an Economic Development Workshop at the Duluth International...
APEX Recognized for NORTHFORCE Efforts

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

In January, APEX and investor-member The Northspan Group were recognized for NORTHFORCE by the Economic Development Association of Minnesota (EDAM) as Economic Development Initiative of the Year. In addition...
Welcome New Investor-Members

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

BendTec, a 90+-year-old business, has been working to meet the power, mining, pipeline and structural industry needs. The company offers pipe fabrication and large dimension...
Melander joins National Bank of Commerce

Friday, November 04, 2016

Doug Melander has been hired as eServices Sales Specialist at National Bank of Commerce. The Duluth native has a vast background in the sales industry. Melander...
Northland Foundation awards 52 grants

Friday, November 04, 2016

During the third quarter of 2016, the Northland Foundation approved 52 grants, awarding a total of $421,850 to serve the people and communities of the...
Yellowjackets Athletics, Essentia Health team up

Friday, September 30, 2016

The University of Wisconsin-Superior has announced it has renewed its agreement with Essentia Health to provide athletic training and sports medicine services to Yellowjacket Athletics. "The...
Apex Insider Recap: College of St. Scholastica

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

On Wednesday, August 24, 2016, The College of St. Scholastica hosted Area Partnership for Economic Expansion (APEX) investor-members and guests at the latest “APEX Insider” event...
Recharging the Range

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Keynote speaker, Commissioner Mark Phillips of the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board (IRRRB). During the May Board meeting, APEX investor-members and guests heard keynote speaker,...
APEX Board Demonstrates Support for Enbridge

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

During the March meeting, the APEX Board of Directors passed a Resolution of Support for the Enbridge Sandpiper and Line 3 Replacement projects.   Combined, the two...


"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