January-February 2014 Issue

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APEX’s “Pinnacle” Newsletter Wins National Recognition

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The Area Partnership for Economic Expansion (APEX) announced that the organization’s newsletter, the APEX Pinnacle, won first place in its division at the Mid-America Economic Development Council (MAEDC), 2013 Annual Economic Development Awards. 

MAEDC presented its annual Economic Development Awards at the 2013 Mid-America Competiveness Conference and Site Selector Forum, held December 8-10 in Chicago. APEX entered and was awarded first place for the APEX Pinnacle under the small division Newsletter category. Awards were given in two market categories, large (annual marketing budget over $100,000) and small (annual budget under $100,000).

“APEX has received a great deal of positive feedback on our Pinnacle newsletter,” stated Brian Hanson, APEX President and CEO. “Receiving this award in front of a crowded room of key industry site selectors was a great way to showcase the marketing efforts of our organization. The recognition is another example of how we continue to leverage the APEX brand outside of northeastern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin to help drive additional attention and investment to the region,” continued Hanson. As part of the recognition, APEX will also be highlighted in an advertisement in the January issue of Site Selection magazine.

MAEDC is a multi-state association dedicated to being the leading resource for education, making connections, and sharing best practices for economic development professionals.  They have sponsored these Economic Development Awards to recognize and stimulate creative marketing efforts by economic development organizations throughout their ten-state region.

For more information on APEX, please visit www.apexgetsbusiness.com.


  • Tim Korby
    (651) 292-4492

    Kristin Lukes
    Past President

    Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development
    (651) 259-7451
  • Heidi Peper
    First Vice Vice President
    Short Elliott Hendrickson
    (320) 229-4386

    Christie Rock Hantge
    Second Vice President
    City of Norwood Young America
    (952) 467-1993