APEX is a private sector-led business development engine established to promote sustainable growth in the APEX region of northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin, including all eight counties covered by Northland Connection. APEX’s 80+ investor-members represent many of the largest and most influential organizations in the region with a vested interest in business attraction, expansion and retention.
APEX business and economic development efforts focus on industries including technology, manufacturing, professional services and next generation forest products. In addition to business development efforts, APEX staff have also become regional thought leaders in the field of workforce development, assuring local industry a long term pipeline of upwardly-mobile talent and robust training programs for many years to come. Since 2003, the organization has impacted over 4,340 jobs in the region, resulting in a regional payroll of over $177.9 million and contributing to over $24.5 million annually in state and local taxes.
Since its inception, APEX has been one of Northland Connection’s most steady and frequent partners. Northland Connection’s data and property database provide direct support for APEX business recruitment and retention efforts, freeing the APEX staff to do what they do best: market the region outwardly and engage directly with existing area businesses. These combined efforts set the stage for regional economic growth.
Northland Connection thanks APEX for its ongoing support and looks forward to a future of many additional wins for the region!