apexAPEX is a private sector-led business development engine devoted to economic development in a 10-county area in northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin, including Itasca County. In addition to providing its regular business retention, attraction, and expansion efforts, APEX has a contract with IEDC to provide additional marketing services, and a member of its staff based in Itasca County helps to grow business across the western portion of APEX’s service area.

ent fundThe Entrepreneur Fund actively partners with entrepreneurs to stimulate business growth across northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin. It provides strategic services and financing for new and growing businesses and has staff in five locations, including one in IEDC’s offices in Grand Rapids.

Other Economic Development Resources: 


Department of Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation

Duluth Seaway Port Authority

Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce

Natural Resources Research Institute

The Northspan Group, Inc.

UMD Center for Economic Development



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