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.

Lake Superior College recognized for IT leadership

Friday, May 18, 2018

Lake Superior College's IT team has received an award from the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system in recognition of their research, planning and implementation of an...
TKDA named city engineer in Scanlon, Wrenshall

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

TKDA, an employee-owned engineering, architecture and planning services company, has been named city engineer for the cities of Scanlon and Wrenshall. Jeff Goetzman, PE, will serve...
Welcome New APEX Investor-Member

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

APEX is pleased to announce Bay West has joined the organization as an investor-member. The company is headquartered in St. Paul with 12 offices nationwide,...
Federal Reserve Chairman Speaks at REIF

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

On April 3, 2018, nearly 300 attendees at the Regional Economic Indicators Forum (REIF) heard from the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis President, Neel Kashkari....
Regional Workforce Solutions Series Continues

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

On April 16, 2018, the City of Duluth hosted the second Workforce Solutions series aimed at addressing the region’s persistent workforce issues. The event, hosted in...
APEX Welcomes New Operations Specialist

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

In April, APEX welcomed Janet Windus to the team as Operations Specialist. Windus comes to APEX with a wealth of experience in accounting and payroll...
Upcoming APEX Staff Events

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Heating the Midwest Conference May 1-3, 2018 Black Bear Casino & Conference Center Carlton, MN IAMC Spring Forum May 5-9, 2018 Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa Savannah, GA Northeast Minnesota Workforce...
St. Luke’s celebrates Chequamegon Clinic completion

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

St. Luke’s celebrated the opening of its new Chequamegon Clinic building Wednesday with a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house.  The $7 million, 22,000-square-foot clinic was constructed near...
New Essentia Health-Grand Rapids Clinic opens

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

The final touches are being put in place at the Essentia Health-Grand Rapids Clinic, 1542 Golf Course Road, after a $14 million expansion.  The new clinic...
Pro Print celebrates 40th anniversary, new press

Friday, March 23, 2018

Duluth commercial printer Pro Print celebrated its 40th Anniversary and the purchase of a new ProTouch Digital Enhancements Press Tuesday. Owner Creston Dorothy and his...
GPM: A Business to be Pumped About

Monday, March 12, 2018

Not many enjoy celebrating turning four decades old, but those at GPM Inc. are cheering the achievement. “We’re turning 40 this summer,” said Chief Executive Officer...
Welcome New APEX Investor-Members

Friday, March 02, 2018

American Engineering Testing American Engineering Testing has a unique knowledge base and extensive project experience supplemented with our specialized laboratory services for their cement/concrete, aggregate, asphalt and...
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...

"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