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.

Port supports 8,000 jobs, generates $1.4 billion

Friday, September 07, 2018

The Port of Duluth-Superior generated $1.4 billion in economic activity and supported 7,881 jobs last year, the Duluth Seaway Port Authority said Friday. Handling 35 million...
Duluth law firm celebrates 125 years

Monday, August 06, 2018

How does a business exist for more than a century? "By reputation and accident," said Harold Frederick, an attorney with Fryberger Law. "Well, and community involvement," added...
Essentia Health stroke program earns high honor

Wednesday, August 01, 2018

A recent recognition continues to affirm that patients suffering from a stroke are receiving the best care possible at Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center in...
NRRI proves its mettle

Monday, July 23, 2018

It was the early 1980s. Northeastern Minnesota’s iron mining industry was in the depths of an historic slump. Thousands of miners had lost their jobs. Many were...
U.S. Bank sets financial records during Q2

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

U.S. Bank reported record net revenue of $5.6 billion, record net income of $1.7 billion and record diluted earnings per share of $1.02 during its...
AAR ends fiscal year on high note

Thursday, July 12, 2018

AAR Corp. reported fourth quarter sales of $474 million, up 5 percent from $451 million in the same prior fiscal year quarter. Full year sales of $1.75 billion were...
Member Connection: Cirrus Aircraft

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Congratulations are due to the many APEX investor-members who worked collaboratively to bring the Cirrus Aircraft Completion Center from concept to reality. This outstanding project...
ALLETE donates retired jet to LSC program

Friday, July 06, 2018

ALLETE Inc. (NYSE: ALE) today announced it is donating a retired corporate jet to Lake Superior College’s Aviation Maintenance Technology program. Donation of the 1981...
Teberg fund gains 10.12 percent

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

The Hermantown-based Teberg Fund gained 10.12 percent during the 12-month period from April 1, 2017, to March 31, 2018, according to the fund’s annual report....
United adds fourth daily Chicago flight

Monday, June 11, 2018

United Airlines has brought back a fourth daily, nonstop flight from Duluth International Airport to Chicago O’Hare. The flight will operate through the end of October during...
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...
Essentia Health Expansion Project

Thursday, September 13, 2018

On Thursday, July 12, 2018, Essentia Health provided APEX investor-members an update on the approximately $675 million Vision Northland project. Dr. Robert Erickson, Chair 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