MOVERS & SHAKERS: SEANN NELIPINATH, INDIA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE-USA

Seann Nelipinath hopes the U.S.-India Healthcare Summit he has helped organize as chairman of the India Chamber of Commerce-USA will spur business partnerships between the two countries.

Nelipinath said he also would like to see the summit, which the Consulate of India in Chicago also assisted in organizing, evolve into a yearly event that helps build momentum for the 2023 World’s Fair, known as Expo 2023.

A member of the advisory group that is bidding to bring the science and technology fair to Minnesota, Nelipinath conceived of the health care summit as a way to support the “Healthy People, Healthy Planet” theme the group has chosen for Expo 2023.

Todd Nelson, Star Tribune  |  July 24, 2015 – 8:59 PM

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MINNEAPOLIS PANEL SUPPORTS WORLD’S FAIR BID

Minneapolis City Council members on Wednesday threw their weight behind a campaign to bring the World’s Fair to Minnesota in 2023.

The council’s Committee of the Whole expressed enthusiasm for the three-month event, expected to draw between 10 million and 15 million visitors, and said they would push staffers to link the city’s government relations staff with the expo’s organizers to advance the event.

Unanimous approval from the committee for the city’s help comes as former Secretary of State Mark Ritchie spearheads a $1.5 million bid process to put Minnesota in the running for the fair. Since formally introducing the push in April, he has met with public officials, trade groups and other stakeholders.

“It would be incredible to have this in Minnesota,” Council Member Andrew Johnson said after Mark Ritchie, now the CEO of Expo 2023, gave a presentation on the event.

Karlee Weinmann, Finance & Commerce | July 22, 2015 – 2:37 PM

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MPLS. COUNCIL RECEPTIVE TO ‘EXPO 2023′ AS MINN. WORLD’S FAIR BID RAMPS UP

Imagine Minnesota hosting 10 consecutive Olympic Games, or a state-fair-sized crowd every day for three months. Could the Twin Cities really pull that off?

On Wednesday, the Minneapolis City Council said it likes the idea of hosting a version of the World’s Fair eight years from now.

Stephen Tellier, KSTP.com  |  July 22, 2015 – 10:16 PM

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