APEX announces new president, CEO
Rachel Johnson brings over 20 years of economic development experience to the organization.
APEX is a business development engine with a mission to leverage private sector resources to drive investment throughout the region. In her new role, Johnson will lead APEX to increase investor-membership and build relationships that create new growth opportunities in talent attraction, site selection and business expansion.
“I’m looking forward to promoting and positioning the APEX region for a prosperous future,” Johnson said in a press release. “Northern Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin are ready for new business growth and development opportunities, and the APEX team is primed to attract new talent, companies and diversity of thought to the area.”
Johnson previously served as the public relations manager at Precision Pipeline LLC, where she focused on energy infrastructure public education and promoting workforce opportunities in the construction trade. Her background includes over two decades in economic development, commercial real estate, property management and corporate development.
She serves as a member of the Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and the Duluth Area Family YMCA Heritage Foundation Board of Trustees and is a founding member and board chair of Better In Our Backyard, a citizen-led advocacy group that educates and informs the public on industrial economy.