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Nancy Aronson Norr

Immediate Past Chair

Director of Regional Development
Minnesota Power

Nancy Aronson Norr of Duluth, Minn. is Director, Regional Development at Minnesota Power, an ALLETE company. She has extensive experience in board governance, loan fund portfolio management, issues advocacy and community relations. Her leaderhsip responsibilities cover a broad array of economic development activities and strategic external relations activities such as coordinating the recently formed Community Advisory Panels supporting Minnesota Power's Taconite Harbor, Laskin and Boswell Energy Centers. 

She currently serves on numerous boards and committees, including the Andrtdon Center, Area Partnership for Economic Expansion, Duluth Economic Development Authority, Grow MN Advisory Board of the Minnesota Chamber, Jobs For Minnesotan's Northspan Group, and the Utility Economic Development Association. She is a former board member of the Duluth Airport Authority, Minnesota Community Capital Fund, Northeast Entrepreneur Fund, Northland Foundation and the Economic Development Association of Minnesota. Nancy is a 2006 graduate of the Blandin Community Leadership Program and is a 2004 winner of the Minnesota Vision Award presented by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.  

A 1983 business administration graduate of the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire, Ms. Aronson Norr holds a Masters degree in Agricultural Economics from UW-Madison. Her graduate degree focused on community and regional economic development.

Prior to joining Minnesota Power in 1989, Ms. Aronson Norr worked as a downtown revitalization consultant for the City of Superior, Wisconsin and as a commercial loan officer at First Bank (now US Bank) in Duluth. She resides in Duluth with her two children, Annagrace and Peder.

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