Arrowhead Regional Development Commission: Northern Aero Alliance

Posted on: October 4th, 2012 by Kate Humphrey

NADO’s 2012 Innovation Awards recognized 64 projects from 22 states for their creative approaches to regional community and economic development, including the project described below. Click here for the full list of winners.

The Northern Aero Alliance’s vision is to “increase the economic prominence of northeast Minnesota’s and northwest Wisconsin’s
aeronautics stakeholders by providing a common voice and working collaboratively to enhance industry-wide success.” The Arrowhead Regional Development Commission (ARDC) secured funding for marketing and branding early in the project and continues
to provide technical assistance, such as meeting preparation and website maintenance. Collaboration and communication
in the cluster have helped attract two new major aviation industry facilities to the region, whose leaders have already become members of the alliance. ARDC is using the successes of the Northern Aero Alliance as a model to explore a similar effort for another cluster, industrial sewing.

Andy Hubley, Regional Planning Director: [email protected]
Pat Henderson, Executive Director: [email protected]

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