The Northland consists of seven counties in northeast Minnesota and Douglas County, Wisconsin. The region is uniquely situated for growth, thanks its abundant natural resources, diverse industry mix, strong education offerings, and proficient workforce. The Northland was built on its mining and forestry industries, and retains this base as its economy broadens to take advantage of its other assets. The Northland delivers goods through its strong multi-modal transportation network, and residents enjoy striking natural beauty and a high quality of life.

Northland Connection is an award-winning program whose aim is to provide economic development data and analysis to recruit, expand, and retain businesses across the region.

Northland Connection is a program of The Northspan Group, Inc., a privately managed non-profit corporation based in Duluth, Minnesota. This program is in collaboration with our private and public funding partners, commercial real estate, education, government, and regional and statewide economic development organizations.

The Northland Region

The area we call the Northland borders the western tip of Lake Superior.  Our population is 369,404, with skilled workers who have demonstrated high productivity and low turnover. The region includes the port cities of Duluth and Superior, Minnesota’s Iron Range, and shoreline communities along Lake Superior in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

We are located in the center of North America with direct and competitive access to U.S., Canadian, and global markets.  We have an inland seaport, four Class I rail hubs, three international airports, and access to the national interstate system.

Our education and industry resources are exceptional. Our economy is stable, with a diverse industry mix, surging investment in the Duluth-Superior metropolitan area, and emerging opportunities for growth in all corners of ther region.

Our utility providers are expert in accommodating large consumers of power, natural gas, steam, and water. We’re connected to global and national networks with fiber optics and wireless services, redundancy, and an expanding rural broadband support network.

Our two integrated healthcare systems deliver a continuum of convenient, highly personalized care, from family medicine to specialty services.

And with ample water, clean air, timber, and deposits of ferrous and non-ferrous minerals, our abundant natural resources are second to none.

There just aren’t enough adjectives to describe our quality of life. We invite you to explore our resources with Northland Connection and come see everything we have to offer.