NORTHFORCE is a collaborative initiative of APEX (Area Partnership for Economic Expansion), The Northspan Group, IRRRB (Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board), the City of Duluth, Minnesota and the City of Superior, Wisconsin. The NORTHFORCE region includes counties in both Minnesota (Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake and St. Louis) and Wisconsin (Ashland, Bayfield and Douglas).