Minnesota is a great choice for Expo 2023 / Star Tribune

These are important days for Minnesota’s bid to host Expo 2023 — a three-month World’s Fair — six years hence. Since Sunday, a delegation from the Paris-based Bureau of International Expositions (BIE) has been in the Twin Cities, meeting corporate and civic leaders, exploring the proposed Expo site near TCF Bank Stadium, and evaluating the appeal of the theme, “Wellness and Well-Being for All: Healthy People, Healthy Planet.”

Permit us to echo what the BIE representatives from eight countries undoubtedly have heard repeatedly since they arrived: Minnesota would be an excellent choice for Expo 2023. It has everything that BIE Secretary General Vicente G. Loscertales said the bureau is seeking: an attractive and technically feasible location, ample infrastructure, an enthusiastically welcoming spirit and a theme that promises to be both appealing to visitors and “inducive to dialogue for the international community.”

Expo 2023 would offer a collection of local and international exhibits and activities that showcase innovation in efforts to improve human health. It is expected to draw 150,000 visitors per day for three months.

For more than three years, a first-rate local team has been preparing a bid and recruiting allies both locally and in Washington, D.C. Their work has yielded considerable private support and bipartisan backing in the seats of government. (No request is anticipated for taxpayer funds.)

In December, the bid won the blessing of the Obama administration, making it officially the U.S. bid. To give it a chance against competing proposals from Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Lodz, Poland, Congress now must allow the United States to renew its BIE membership, which lapsed 16 years ago. Private donors are prepared to cover the membership fee, provided Congress gives the green light. It should act soon, well in advance of the formal presentation of Minnesota’s proposal to the 168-nation BIE General Assembly set for June 14. A final selection is expected in November.

On Wednesday, the BIE site review panel heads to Washington, where its presence will help the members of Minnesota’s congressional delegation press the case for renewing U.S. membership. The Texas congressional delegation is lending assistance, since Houston is preparing a bid to host a six-month World’s Fair in coming years.

We hope the BIE group hears assurances in Washington about the membership question and one thing more — America’s commitment to hospitality to foreign visitors. The Trump administration’s efforts to impose a temporary travel ban on some nations — thus far stymied by the courts — are not helpful to Minnesota’s Expo bid. If those efforts persist, they may speak louder to the BIE than verbal assurances of support from the Trump administration.

Minnesota’s planning team, headed by former Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, was delighted when in his Feb. 28 address to Congress, President Trump mentioned the importance of the first World’s Fair hosted by the United States. That 1876 assembly in Philadelphia showcased inventions including the telephone, typewriter and electric light bulb. “Imagine the wonders our country could know in America’s 250th year,” the president said. Imagine the good that can be derived from sharing some of those wonders with the world in the “Healthy State” of Minnesota.

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Four Countries Including United States Submit Bids to BIE to Hold Specialised Expo in 2022 or 2023

our countries have submitted competing bids to organize Specialised Expo 2022/23: the Republic of Poland, the United States of America, the Federative Republic of Brazil and the Republic of Argentina. The Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) has now closed the candidature.

The 169 Member States of the BIE will elect the host country of Specialised Expo 2022/23 at the 162nd General Assembly in November 2017.

Poland’s bid is for a Specialised Expo in the city of Łódź between 15 June and 15 September 2022 under the theme “City Re:Invented.”

The United States’ bid is for a Specialised Expo in Minneapolis (pictured above) between 15 May and 15 August 2023 under the theme “Wellness and Well Being for All: Healthy People, Healthy Planet.” The United States is not a Member State of the BIE.*

Brazil’s bid is for a Specialised Expo in Rio de Janeiro between 4 March and 27 May 2022 under the theme “Metropolitan Cities and Sustainability: Cross Border Potentials.”

Argentina’s bid is for a Specialised Expo in Buenos Aires between 15 January and 15 April 2023 under the theme “Science, Innovation, Art and Creativity for the Human Development.”

The Secretary General of the BIE, Vicente G. Loscertales, stated that “these four candidatures demonstrate a high level of interest for this type of Expo.” The project examination phase for Specialised Expo 2022/23 will take place over the next few months. Each candidate will submit a bid dossier, to be followed by a BIE Enquiry Mission. The projects will then be presented to the General Assembly of the BIE on 14 June 2017. The election of the host country by the 169 Member States of the BIE will take place at the subsequent General Assembly in November 2017.

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Minnesota takes important step in bid for World’s Fair 2023

Presidential backing means state will compete with Lodz, Poland.

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2015Mark Ritchie, a former Minnesota secretary of state, played a key role.

Minnesota’s bid to host a World’s Fair in 2023 took an important step forward last week when President Obama granted it federal recognition, issuing a finding that the proposal is “in the national interest.”

That presidential blessing clears the way for the Minnesota proposal’s delivery this week to the Paris-based Bureau of International Expositions, where it will vie with a competing proposal from Lodz, Poland, and possibly another from Argentina. Next November, a site will be selected to host the 2023 iteration of the three-month expositions staged between full-blown world’s fairs, which occur every five years.

Much credit is due the blue-ribbon Minnesota World’s Fair Bid Committee, headed by former Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, for advancing an ambitious idea this far. But it’s too soon for the committee’s civic visionaries to rest on their laurels.

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Obama Endorses Minnesota Bid for World’s Fair in 2023

President Barack Obama has endorsed a Minnesota bid to host a World’s Fair in 2023 on the theme of wellness.

In memos Friday to the secretaries of state and commerce, the president says he finds that officially recognizing the proposed expo is in the national interest.

An organizing committee announced plans last year for “Minnesota World’s Fair 2023: Wellness and Well Being for All.”

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Obama Endorses Minnesota’s Bid For World’s Fair 2023

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — President Barack Obama has endorsed a Minnesota bid to host a World’s Fair in 2023 on the theme of wellness.

In memos Friday to the secretaries of state and commerce, the president says he finds that officially recognizing the proposed expo is in the national interest.

An organizing committee announced plans last year for “Minnesota World’s Fair 2023: Wellness and Well Being for All.”

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Obama backs Minnesota bid for 2023 World’s Fair

President Barack Obama has endorsed a Minnesota bid to host a World’s Fair in 2023 on the theme of wellness.

In memos Friday to the secretaries of state and commerce, the president says he finds that officially recognizing the proposed expo is in the national interest.

An organizing committee announced plans last year for “Minnesota World’s Fair 2023: Wellness and Well Being for All.”

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Presidential Memoranda — Minnesota World’s Fair 2023

MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF COMMERCE

SUBJECT:            Minnesota World’s Fair 2023:   Wellness and
Well Being for All

I have reviewed the reports and recommendations presented to me by you and the Secretary of State that recognition be given to the “Minnesota World’s Fair 2023: Wellness and Well Being for All,” and find that such recognition will be in the national interest.

I approve granting Federal recognition to the Exposition.

On that basis, please advise the appropriate agencies that official recognition is hereby granted.

I would also appreciate your taking the appropriate steps to notify the Congress of this action, in accordance with section 2(c) of Public Law 91-269.

BARACK OBAMA

Link to White House Release

Expo update! US to participate in Astana 2017, selects creative team; Dubai 2020 moves forward

ASTANA 2017


Astana Expo 2017
[Kazakhstan] opens June 10, and 111 counties have confirmed participation – including the United States, as per an announcement made at the 4th Annual Kazakhstan – US Convention.

A team including APCO, the Eurasia Foundation and BRC Imagination Arts has been selected to design, build and operate the USA Pavilion at Astana Expo 2017.

US Ambassador to Kazakhstan George Krol, has been announced as Commissioner of the USA Pavilion. Astana organizers state that 90% of site construction is completed and some countires are already in their spaces starting to install their exhibits.

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Dubai Expo 2020 forecasts a unique attendance model for a world’s fair

Dubai Expo 2020 organizers project their six-month world’s fair will be visited 25 million times between opening day on 20 October 2020, and closing day on 10 April 2021. Dubai’s 25M figure is in line with visitation at comparable past expos (Milan 2015 visitation was 21M). But its attendance model is unique – because it forecasts that 70% of those visits will come from outside the UAE. That would constitute the largest proportion of international visitors in Expo history.

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