RESPONSIBLE INDUSTRY

FOR A THRIVING ECONOMY

Our Mission

Better In Our Back Yard was created to provide organic, citizen-led forum content, educational resources and advocacy to support responsible industrial development projects and companies in northern Minnesota.

We advocate for projects and companies, including Enbridge’s Line 3 Replacement Project, PolyMet’s permitted NorthMet Project and Twin Metals Minnesota.

Our mission is to strengthen northern Minnesota’s economy by advocating for responsible industrial development throughout the region.

ABOUT US

Better In Our Back Yard is a coalition of dedicated young professionals and emerging leaders in the region who understand that responsible industry creates a thriving economy in northern Minnesota while protecting the region’s pristine environment.​

Lives and livelihoods in northern Minnesota depend on mining, manufacturing and pipeline industries to be successful. Better In Our Back Yard understands that when these industries are thriving, so are the Union Building Trades, the tourism industry and small businesses across the region.

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Jason George

Business Manager

IUOE Local 49

"I love Better In Our Back Yard and organizations like it because the whole issue of creating good-paying jobs is being led by people who actually live in the region. The name of the group says it all. It's ‘Better In Our Back Yard’ and I'm proud to support them."

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Craig Olson

President

Duluth Building Trades

"Better In Our Back Yard does a great job of getting the truth out on projects that are critical to the success of the Union Building Trades. Whether it's talking about the mining industry or the construction industry, Better In Our Back Yard is an excellent platform to keep the local community engaged."

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Kristin Renskers

Business Representative

IBEW Local 31

"Better in our Back Yard has a noble goal: to keep responsible industry in northern Minnesota, where skilled union labor does it best."

CONTACT US

306 W Superior St #902, Duluth, MN 55802
[email protected]