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...
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...
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...
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....
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...
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"

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