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Our Clients
Northspan is a critical resource for businesses, organizations, and units of government that need solid, dependable data, professional technical support, and financial assistance to advance community and economic development projects.

Our client list in Minnesota and Wisconsin includes:

Cities and Counties

From loan fund administration to project infrastructure support, Northspan has a long track record of working with cities and counties in the Upper Midwest, forging long-term partnerships to provide services whenever the need arises.


  • Aitkin County
  • Carlton County
  • City of Cloquet
  • City of Duluth
  • City of Grand Rapids
  • City of Moose Lake
  • City of Nashwauk
  • City of Sandstone
  • St. Louis County
  • City of Virginia

Development Organizations

Northspan assists fellow development organizations through project support and analysis, research projects, fund administration, strategic planning, and a number of long-running partnerships.

  • Arrowhead Regional Development Commission
  • Brainerd Lakes Area Development Corporation
  • The Development Association of Superior/Douglas County
  • Duluth 1200 Fund
  • Duluth Airport Authority
  • Duluth Economic Development Authority
  • East Range Joint Powers Board
  • Entrepreneur Fund
  • Greater Downtown Council (Duluth)
  • Itasca Economic Development Corporation
  • Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board
  • Minnesota Business Finance Corporation
  • Northland Institute
  • Two Harbors Economic Development Authority

Regional Partnerships

Northspan has long been a leader in driving regional collaboration, pushing members to see how their interests align with those of their neighbors and uniting them to work toward common goals.


  • APEX
  • Arrowhead Growth Alliance
  • GPS 45:93
  • Iron Range Economic Alliance
  • Laurentian Vision Partnership
  • Northeast Service Cooperative
  • Northland Works Regional Development Strategy Steering Committee
  • Range Readiness Initiative

Businesses and Nonprofits

Business development and organizational planning have long been at the core of Northspan’s work. Countless new and growing businesses have used Northspan to build internal capacity and access financing tools.

  • Duluth Area Association of Realtors
  • Duluth Bethel
  • Duluth Heritage Sports Center
  • Lake Country Power
  • Members Cooperative Credit Union
  • Minnesota Power
  • Mountain Village Inn Partners
  • National Bank of Commerce
  • Northland Foundation
  • Ordean Foundation
  • Udac
  • University of Minnesota Duluth Natural Resources Research Institute
  • Wadena State Bank

Northspan also serves 12-15 clients annually in packaging Small Business Administration (SBA) 7a loan guaranty applications.


"Northspan is a significant component of our regional success, bringing immense expertise and thoughtful contribution to the development of Northeast Minnesota. The staff thinks in big picture terms; they understand the value of bringing a variety of stakeholders together to enhance the prosperity of the entire region."

Michelle Ufford
Executive Director
Northeast Minnesota Office of Job Training

Michelle Ufford