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.

Science-themed summer camp returns to St. Scholastica

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Professors from The College of St. Scholastica will engage middle-school students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subject matter next week. The Shoot for the Stars: Launching...
Titanium pilot project on Range dubbed success

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Scientists say they've successfully turned an abundant Minnesota mineral called ilmenite into valuable titanium dioxide in a pilot-scale demonstration project on the Iron Range. The announcement...
Duluth airport to receive high-tech passenger scanner

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is installing an Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) scanner at the Duluth International Airport’s checkpoint. It will enhance the security of passengers,...
LSC faculty members receive state teaching awards

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Twenty-seven outstanding Minnesota State faculty members, including Lake Superior College faculty members Kent Voelkner and Amy Jo Swing, were honored during the Minnesota State Board of Trustees Awards for Excellence...
PolyMet dam permit applications advance

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said Tuesday that two PolyMet applications for dam safety permits have been passed along to local governments and Indian...
Tom Werner Elected Airports Council Chair

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

MINNESOTA COUNCIL OF AIRPORTS 644 Bayfield Street, Suite #120, St. Paul, MN 55107 Serving Minnesota Airports Since 1983   May 2, 2017, CONTACT: Tom Werner, Executive Director, Duluth Airport...
TKDA receives national safety award

Monday, May 01, 2017

TKDA was recognized by the National Safety Council for completing more than 3 million work hours without an occupational injury or illness resulting in days...
APEX Investor-Members Receive Progress Minnesota Awards

Monday, April 24, 2017

Each year APEX nominates several investor-members for Finance and Commerce's Progress Minnesota awards. Awarded annually, these projects recognize significant investment and economic impact within the...
Northland Foundation awards 33 grants

Monday, April 24, 2017

Investing in people and communities for a thriving northeastern Minnesota, the Northland Foundation approved a total of $406,120 in 33 grants during the first quarter...
TKDA unveils new Duluth office

Sunday, April 23, 2017

After years of designing some well-known spaces in the Twin Ports, TKDA decided it was time to design a new space of its own here....
TKDA receives national safety award - Press Release

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

TKDA receives national safety award SAINT PAUL, Minn. — TKDA, an employee-owned provider of engineering, architecture, and planning services, has been recognized by the National Safety...
Minnesota Power solar farm dedicated

Thursday, April 13, 2017

CAMP RIPLEY — There was more wind than sun at this National Guard base near Brainerd on Thursday morning, but the state's newest solar farm...
UMD announces Chancellor Award winners

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Three University of Minnesota Duluth faculty are recipients of the Chancellor's Teaching, Research, and Service awards for 2016 to 2017. Each will give a special...
Sales, profits higher for AAR Corp.

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

AAR CORP. (AIR) reported third quarter fiscal year 2017 consolidated sales of $446.7 million and income from continuing operations of $13.1 million, or 38 cents...
Port shows off new container terminal in Duluth

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

It was a beautiful day to move some containers. The first shipment taking advantage of the Canadian National Railway and Duluth Cargo Connect container terminal was...
Shipping season starts today in Twin Ports

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The first freighters of the 2017 commercial shipping season are scheduled to leave the Twin Ports today. Times are subject to change — but as of...
LHB to Present at 2017 MASBO Institute

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Minnesota and Wisconsin (March 2, 2017) – LHB’s Troy Miller, AIA, REFP, and Becky Alexander, AIA, WELL AP will present at the 2017 Minnesota Association...
Lake Country Power plans for new headquarters

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

For Lake Country Power personnel, 2016 could easily be remembered as the year of the storms. Line crews were dispatched at full strength (including crews from...
Coda recognized for transportation leadership

Friday, February 17, 2017

In recognition for his leadership in the freight transportation and logistics field and contributions to leadership, mentorship and education of future leaders in private sector...
Enbridge closes on Dakota Access stake

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Enbridge has closed on its $1.5 billion purchase of a stake in the contentious Dakota Access pipeline. Enbridge Energy Partners said in a release Wednesday it...
Allete profits up in 2016

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Allete Inc. posted a profit of $155.3 million in 2016, a 10 percent increase from the year before despite a drop in revenue. The Duluth-based company...
APEX names 2017 executive committee

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Duluth-based business recruiter APEX named its 2017 executive committee and received a dose of economic optimism during its annual board and investor-member meeting Jan. 26...
DLH Looks to reconnect with Arizona

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Duluth International Airport has seen its share of takeoffs in recent years — from the surging aviation industry to the departure of Allegiant Air and...
NRRI leads the way in alternative fuel process

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Turning wood into a new product could boost a flagging lumber industry in northern Minnesota, and investigators at the Natural Resources Research Institute – University...
St. Luke's earns national quality based accreditation

Monday, January 30, 2017

St. Luke’s has received national accreditation from DNV Healthcare, the newest Medicare-certified hospital accreditation organization. St. Luke’s said it decided to pursue DNV accreditation to further...
Allete raises quarterly dividend

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The ALLETE, Inc. (NYSE:ALE) Board of Directors has increased the quarterly dividend on the company’s common stock to 53.5 cents per share, an increase of...
Labovitz Award nominations now being accepted

Monday, January 16, 2017

The UMD Center for Economic Development (CED) seeking nominations for the 25th annual Joel Labovitz Entrepreneurial Success Awards, which will be presented during an April 26...
St. Luke's to build new Ashland clinic

Friday, January 06, 2017

St. Luke’s on Friday announced plans to build a new Chequamegon Clinic along the shores of Lake Superior. The 22,000-square-foot clinic will be constructed along the...
Allete Adds more North Dakota wind power

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Allete Clean Energy will expand its North Dakota wind-generating capacity in 2018 with the addition of up to 16 new wind turbines at its Thunder...
PolyMet Mining Corp. Joins APEX

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

At the November board meeting, APEX welcomed new investor-member, PolyMet Mining Corp. The company is a publicly-traded mine development company focused on permitting, building and...
Advance Care Planning: Past, Present and Future

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Brian Hanson, APEX President and CEO, introduced the Advance Care Planning (ACP) guest panel from investor-members Essentia Health and St. Luke’s. The panel presented insights...
APEX Insider Event Featured Monaco Air Duluth

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

On Tuesday, December 13, 2016, APEX investor-members attended a private tour of Monaco Air Duluth’s newly expanded facility at the latest APEX Insider event. Monaco...
Northland Connection Launches New Website

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

APEX investor-member, The Northspan Group, launched a new version of the Northland Connection website in early November. The site outlines business assistance tools and features...

"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