About Us

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.