Business executives recognize that private sector leadership with a regional approach is key to a sustainable economy.
The organization hires a team, determines the strategic industries to target and begins building the credentials and capabilities for the region.
IMPACTED BY 2007
APEX responds to the business community’s request to connect employers with candidates looking to relocate to the region. The initiative, Northland Advantage, informally connects professionals with regional employers. The effort eventually transforms, becoming NORTHFORCE.org.
Strategic Resources Group
APEX responds to the need for senior-level strategic assistance to help high-potential businesses. Strategic Resources Group worked with 42 businesses during their time of operation (through 2013).
Data Center - Involta
Involta decides to build, own and operate the region’s first multi-tenant data center. The facility opens in September 2012. APEX and regional partners engaged in a four year attraction strategy to locate the right data center partner.
Itasca Economic Development Corporation Contract
APEX signs an agreement to work collaboratively with Itasca Economic Development Corporation to attract, retain and expand businesses within Itasca County, Minnesota.
IMPACTED BY 2010
AAR Corp. decides to locate in Duluth, occupying the former Northwest Airlines Maintenance Facility. Today, the company employs 350-400 people.
APEX signs an agreement to work collaboratively with Bayfield Economic Development Corporation to attract, retain and expand businesses within Bayfield County, Wisconsin.
IMPACTED BY 2012
Lake County Contract
APEX signs an agreement to work collaboratively with Lake County to attract a data center to Lake County, Minnesota.
Ainsworth Site Sells
APEX and regional partners engage in a multi-year strategy to attract a project to the former Ainsworth site in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. The property sells to JM Longyear in 2014.
Talent development and recruitment becomes an increasingly challenging issue for regional employers. To respond to the challenge, APEX and regional partners launch NORTHFORCE.org.
IMPACTED BY 2015
Cirrus Design Expansion
APEX and partners support Cirrus Design’s efforts to construct a product completion center. The Certificate of Occupancy is granted in 2016.