Data-driven Strategy Boosts Area Revitalization

Ian Vincent
November 11, 2016

Alumnus Ian Vincent pushes for regional economic development growth

Ian Vincent ’12 is the youngest person sitting at a large wooden table at the Kitchi Gammi Club in Duluth. The group is surrounded by carved woodwork, stained glass, and antiques. Outside the window, a stone’s throw away, Lake Superior’s water ripples in the sunlight.
Top executives, legislators, and community leaders have gathered with one topic in mind, the economy of northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin.

All eyes are on Ian as he explains the research he has been gathering for APEX, an economic development firm, and NORTHFORCE, a workforce development initiative that works to attract, place, manage, enrich, and retain talented people in Duluth and the surrounding area. His suggestions surprise many. “We all know we need to keep young, talented people in the city,” he says. “To do that, simple organizational policies that have been in place for decades need to change." Read More