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.

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...
BLANDIN FOUNDATION AWARDS $4 MILLION IN GRANTS

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...
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,...


"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