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.

U.S. Water CEO Details Water/Energy Nexus

Friday, March 02, 2018

At the 2018 APEX Annual Meeting, APEX investor-members heard from LaMarr Barnes, CEO of U.S. Water Services, Inc. (U.S. Water). Barnes spoke about the interconnection...
APEX 2018 Priorities

Friday, March 02, 2018

Looking ahead to 2018, APEX has an ambitious dashboard.  Completing both the water research study and the workforce skills assessment are a key focus for...
Cirrus plane deliveries up in 2017

Friday, February 23, 2018

Cirrus delivered more than 350 planes in 2017, a high mark in recent years, and also added nearly 300 jobs at its various locations. The Duluth-based...
APEX holds annual meeting, elects board

Monday, February 19, 2018

The Area Partnership for Economic Expansion (APEX) hosted its annual Board of Directors and investor-member meeting Jan. 25, which featured guest speaker LaMarr Barnes, CEO...
MP, SWL&P recognized for work following Hurricane Irma

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The Edison Electric Institute presented Minnesota Power and Superior Water, Light and Power with the association's "Emergency Assistance Award" for outstanding work assisting customers affected...
APEX Focuses on regional workforce

Thursday, January 04, 2018

At the close of another busy and productive year, we wanted to share some of our key efforts to strengthen and highlight regional workforce initiatives....
New Northforce Website

Thursday, January 04, 2018

In 2017, NORTHFORCE launched a new website to better connect talented individuals with careers in northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin. The new website includes streamlined...
Manufacturing Month Involvement

Thursday, January 04, 2018

As the manufacturing and fabrication industries continue to shift, APEX investor-members cite workforce development as a top area of concern. To address this concern, APEX...

Thursday, December 21, 2017

During their December meeting, Blandin Foundation trustees approved grants that strengthen rural Minnesota communities, including 50 grants totaling $2.6 million for a range of efforts...
Altec Inc. planning Duluth expansion

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Altec Inc. will invest $8.45 million and create 100 jobs in an expansion of its manufacturing facilities in Duluth, the Minnesota Department of Employment and...
APEX and member companies donate construction work wear

Monday, December 18, 2017

The Area Partnership for Economic Expansion (APEX) and several APEX investor-members are supporting the Duluth School District’s Construction Technology program. The Boldt Company, APi Group,...
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...
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 –...
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...

"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