IREA Members meet with IRRRB Commissioner Tony Sertich
From left: Mike Valentine, Duane Northagen, Commissioner Sertich, Connie Christenson, Elaine Hansen  
A member organization of professionals representing organizations, communities, associations and entities which are committed to fostering economic development within the Arrowhead Region of Northeast Minnesota.


The mission of the IREA is to create a collaborative environment for economic prosperity in Northeast Minnesota by providing leadership, fostering partnerships and employing professional economic development partnerships.

IREA Members meet with Senator Al Franken, IRRRB Commissioner Tony Sertich
& DEED Commissioner Mark Phillips.

From left: Duane Northagen, Jennifer Pontinen, Commissioner Phillips, Elaine Hansen, Senator Franken, Mike Valentine, Commissioner Sertich, Connie Christenson, Jeff Borling, Michelle Ufford 



January 2015
Date to be announced soon

IRRRB Conference Room
4261 Hwy 53 South, Eveleth

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.


Membership in the Iron Range Economic Alliance is open to economic development professionals and other leaders representing economic development organizations, communities and associated entities with the Arrowhead Region of Northeast Minnesota and the Crosby-Ironton School District.

Meetings are held quarterly. Subcommittees meet as required.
The annual membership dues in 2010 are $50 per member organization.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Iron Range Economic Alliance please click here.


  • Promote networking opportunities for communities and other entities
  • Address regional economic development issues and opportunities with a futuristic outlook and focus
  • Serve as a voice for economic development at all levels and as a source of local contacts
  • Provide educational tools and resources that provide opportunities to generate and share ideas and information
  • Advocate public policy development affecting rural economic development
  • Market the region collaboratively as a quality place to develop a business, live and work
  • Play a lead role in business retention and expansion
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