Iron Range organizations we encountered

Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency
Arrowhead Regional Arts Council
Arrowhead Regional Development Commission
Blandin foundation
Entrepreneur Fund
IRPS: Iron Range Partnership for Sustainability
IRRRB: Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board
Incredible Ely
Iron Range Makerspace
Northland Foundation

Organization Contacts:

Organization Website || Email || Phone
DurangoSpace || || 970-828-1340
SCAPE || || 970-317-0880
Leadership La Plata || || 970-247-0312
NCDACP|| || 919-814-4658
BIG || || 828-385-9278
Smart Growth America || || 202-207-3355
EKCEP || || 606-436-5751
FAK ||

Recommended Readings:

Brown, A. (2008). Overburden : Modern life on the Iron Range (1st ed.). Duluth, Minn.: Red Step Press.

Carter, B. (2012). Boom, Bust, Boom: A Story about Copper, the Metal that Runs the World. Simon and Schuster.

Cultivating a Competitive Advantage: How rural counties are growing economies with local assets and regional partners [Case Study Report]. (2014). Washington, D.C.: National Association of Counties

Goldenberg, M. (2008). A review of rural and regional development policies and programs. Ottawa, ON: Canadian Policy Research Networks.

Grodach, C., & Loukaitou‐Sideris, A. (2007). Cultural development strategies and urban revitalization: A survey of US cities. International journal of cultural policy, 13(4), 349-370.

Klemz, A. (2012). Mining Truth: About those Jobs, Jobs, Jobs (Parts 1-5). Retrieved from:

Manuel, J. T. (2015). Taconite dreams: The struggle to sustain mining on Minnesota’s iron range, 1915-2000. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press.Parkins, J. R., & Reed, M. G. (Eds.). (2012). Social transformation in rural Canada: Community, cultures, and collective action. UBC Press.

Power, T. M. (2007). The Economic Role of Metal Mining in Minnesota: Past, Present, and Future. publisher not identified.

Rasker, R., Alexander, B., van den Noort, J., & Carter, R. (2004). Prosperity in the 21st century west: The role of protected public lands. Tucson, AZ: Sonoran Institute. http://sonoraninstitute. org/library/recoreading/doc_download/575-prosperityin-the-21st-century-west-high-resolution. html.

(Re)Building Downtown: A Guidebook for Revitalization [Pamphlet]. (2015). Washington, D.C.: Smart Growth America.

Schaeffer, P. V., & Loveridge, S. (2000). Small town and rural economic development: a case studies approach. Greenwood Publishing Group.


We would like to thank the following individuals and organizations for their support and guidance during our project. Our conversations with them gave us a deeper understanding of regional economic issues, informed our three development themes, and gave us firsthand knowledge of their organizations. This project would not be possible without their insights and we are grateful for the time they spent with us.

Aaron Brown, 
Alex Dodds, Smart Growth America
Anne Uehling, Ely community member
Bill Mittlefehldt, Clean Energy Resource Teams
Bill Vanderwall, Minnesota Housing Partnership
Bob Hensley, Bakersville Improvement Group
Brett Schwartz, National Association of Development Organizations
Brian Bluhm, Kristin Foster, Marlise Riffel, Iron Range Partnership for Sustainability
Chuck Marohn,
Dr. Thomas Power, Power Economic Consulting
Greg Wright, North House Folkschool
Jasper Welch, DurangoSpace
Jessalyn Sabin, ReGen
Jill Wilhelmi, NorthEast Investment Cooperative
Johanna Jamison, Colorado Department of Local Affairs
Kris Hallberg, Incredible Ely
Liz Parham, North Carolina Downtown Associate Community Program
Peter Schuler, Ely community member
Recharge the Range Event, Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation Board
Rita Simon, Durango Chamber of Commerce
Steve Adams, Institute for Sustainable Communities
Steve Piragis, Piragis Northwoods Company
Tanner Ott, Ott Historic Rehab / Alley A Realty