Natalie Peterson
Communications and Marketing Director
Duluth Airport Authority
(218) 625-7768

Regional Aviation Partners Announce Findings from 2017 MN DEED Analysis

DULUTH, MINN. — The Duluth International Airport and aviation partners today announced the results of a 2017
Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) analysis. These results illuminated the
increasing economic impact of all aviation-related activities on our region in relation to employment (both direct and
indirect), along with value added to the local economy as a whole, and personal income.

Compared with past research, this year’s DEED analysis showed impressive growth and a positive future for both the
aviation industry and the region. The results made it clear that in the past 10 years, aviation economic activity at the
Duluth International Airport has led to:

● 39% growth in direct jobs
● 19% growth in total jobs
● 129% growth in value added to local economy
● 48% growth in personal income

When looking at the economic impact of all aviation in our region, the results showed:

● 3,451 direct jobs
● 5,669 total jobs
● $646,500,000 value added to the Duluth-Superior economy
● $325,200,000 in personal income

The findings were announced live on Wednesday, August 16, 2017, at the Lake Superior College Center for Advanced
Aviation. Mayor Emily Larson, along with representatives from APEX, the Northern Aero Alliance, Cirrus, AAR, Lake Superior College and the Duluth International Airport, addressed the crowd.

“Aviation in the Northland continues to grow as a strong economic engine for our region,” explained Natalie Peterson, Communications and Marketing Director for the Duluth International Airport. “We are thankful for our aviation partners, companies and the Northern Aero Alliance for the participation and information that was shared to demonstrate the positive outcome.”

The Duluth Airport Authority started this process by identifying a need to quantify aviation’s impact in recent years; the last analysis was completed in 2007.

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