Introduction

The Arrowhead Regional Development Commission (ARDC), in coordination with an array of regional partners with the Arrowhead Growth Alliance (AGA), is launching its engagement process for an update to the region’s Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). 
 
The CEDS covers the seven counties of northeast Minnesota (Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, and St. Louis Counties) and seeks a unified vision for its economic development. It aims to create more prosperous, resilient, diversified, and inclusive economies and communities across Northeast Minnesota. The CEDS is built around four cornerstones (human capital, economic competitiveness, community resources, and foundational assets) that form the foundation for economic growth in the region. 
 
Completion of an updated CEDS every five years is critical for the region’s ability to secure federal funding through agencies such as the Economic Development Administration and provides a comprehensive vision for regional cooperation on a variety of initiatives. Recent regional efforts include recovery strategies after mass layoffs in Koochiching and Itasca Counties, an infrastructure grant on the Grand Portage Reservation, funding for a new hangar at the Carlton Cloquet Airport, and numerous applications in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
 
The engagement process will take place between January and March 2021 over at least 20 sessions conducted via Zoom. ARDC has contracted with Northspan to facilitate the sessions, which will be led by Northspan President & CEO Elissa Hansen. 
 
Participation is open to all seven counties and requires registration. Once you register, you will receive a brief pre-session survey that will help the facilitators frame the discussion by gathering ideas on how to move the region toward its vision. 
 
We hope you are able to attend a session!
Part 1 of 2: Registrant Information 

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* Do you live and/or work in one of the 7 counties of Northeast Minnesota? See the map to confirm, the 7 counties are outlined in red.

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