Arrowhead Regional Development Commission

Leading. Planning. Connecting.

The Arrowhead Regional Development Commission (ARDC) is a multi-disciplined planning and development organization serving the Northeast Minnesota counties of Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, and St. Louis. Regional Development Commissions (RDCs) were established by Minnesota State Statute in 1969.  The purposes of the RDCs outlined in the Regional Development Act are to assist in multijurisdictional issues, coordinate resources to meet jurisdictional needs and coordinate planning activities within the specific regions.

The mission of ARDC is to serve the people of the Arrowhead Region by providing local units of government and citizens groups a means to work cooperatively in identifying needs, solving problems and fostering local leadership.


Take a Virtual Ride on the Mesabi Trail


Want to ride your bike in the winter? Other than riding a fat bike or pedaling on a trainer at home, winter riding is pretty difficult. However, a new Mesabi Trail virtual tour allows bike riders to “ride the trail,” even … Continue reading


MN Sea Grant Newsletter


ARDC Regional Planning Habermann’s Creative Work at MN Sea Grant  (The University of Minnesota Sea Grant Program “Seiche” Newsletter, December 2015)    Russell Habermann, recently hired ARDC Regional Planning staff member, interned for four years at the University of Minnesota Sea … Continue reading

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