Port Authority Names New Industrial/Economic Development Director

Friday, December 14, 2012

Duluth, Minn., U.S.A. - The Duluth Seaway Port Authority has named Jeff Borling its new Director of Industrial/Economic Development, effective January 1, 2013.  

Borling has spent the majority of his professional career in the economic development arena. He joins the Port Authority after nearly seven years with APEX (Area Partnership for Economic Expansion), helping to drive regional investment activity and job growth.

The business development executive began his career at APEX handing the agency's research and communications efforts. Since 2010, he has served as director of business development for the Itasca Economic Development Corporation (IEDC), headquartered in Grand Rapids, Minn. For eight months this year, he served as IEDC's interim president and CEO.

Borling brings his business development acumen and marketing expertise to his new position at the Port
Authority, where he will spearhead waterfront development initiatives as well as business expansion efforts at Duluth Airpark, another property managed by the Port Authority. He succeeds Andy McDonough, who retired from the Port Authority in October after 22 years of service.  

"To help advance the vision of the Port Authority and the economic vitality of the Port of Duluth-Superior is an
exciting challenge, one that I am humbled to accept," said Borling. "I look forward to applying my skills in a focused manner, while remaining an integral part of our regional economic development team."

A native of Stoughton, Wis., Borling earned a B.A. in English Literature and Linguistics from the University of
Wisconsin Stevens Point, an M.A. from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 2007, and will complete a Certificate of Non-Profit Administration from the University of Wisconsin Superior in May 2013. He has chaired the PR Committee of the Iron Range Economic Alliance since 2008, and currently serves as a board member on the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce and steering committee member of the state's Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs).  He and his family reside in Duluth.

The Duluth Seaway Port Authority is an independent, public agency created by the Minnesota State Legislature to foster regional maritime commerce, promote trade development, facilitate industrial development and serve as an advocate for port interests here in the port and around the world. The Port of Duluth-Superior is the largest tonnage port on the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway moving, on average, 40 million short tons each year.

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