Northland Connection is the premier commercial real estate and economic development research program in the eight-county Northland region of northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin. It aims to provide economic development data and analysis to recruit, expand, and retain businesses across the region. It powers responsive data services with a human touch and hosts the most curated regional commercial real estate database in Minnesota.  

Since 1988, over a dozen partners have recognized the value of collaboration to promote economic development on a regional level. Program partners work together to recruit and retain businesses in the region and advance their collective understanding of the regional economy. The program has served as an incubator for numerous economic development initiatives, from moving regional sites toward shovel ready status to responding to new incentives such as opportunity zones and assisting with redevelopment of brownfield sites. It also provides foundational support for community profiles, strategic planning initiatives, and local and regional marketing efforts.

Northland Connection is a program powered by The Northspan Group, Inc. This program is in collaboration with our private and public funding partners, commercial real estate, education, government, and regional & statewide economic development organizations. We engage and form partnerships to support the region we love and call home.