What We Do
Promote Responsible Industrial Development
Responsible industrial development plays a critical role in the economy and the livelihood of many of our friends, families and neighbors. In a post-COVID economy, Better In Our Back Yard believes that now, more than ever, we need companies like Enbridge, Twin Metals and PolyMet to be successful in driving present and future investment into the region while protecting the area’s pristine environment.
Educate Young Professionals on the Benefits of Responsible Industry
Both Duluth and the Iron Range’s largest export is the amount of young talent leaving the region every year. The same holds true for northern Wisconsin and northern Michigan. Responsible industrial development will lead to increased private investment in the region, and the introduction of copper-nickel mining on the Iron Range will spur economic growth for decades to come.
Promote Careers in the Union Building Trades
PolyMet, Twin Metals Minnesota and Enbridge’s Line 5 replacement and Great Lakes Tunnel projects all have one thing in common. They will all be built by the skilled men and women of the Union Building Trades.
The Union Building Trades have exceptional apprenticeship programs that allow young professionals to earn while they learn, provide great wages and benefits and promote high safety standards on the job site. Starting a career in the Union Building Trades is a great opportunity for those looking to learn highly-demanded skills without incurring high amounts of student debt.
Host Networking Events and Panel Discussions
Once it’s safe to do so, Better In Our Back Yard will be bringing back our popular panel discussions. These events create opportunities for young professionals to network and engage with industry experts from around the region. We look forward to hosting events on college campuses and local venues once again.