USA PAVILION IN MILAN SETS SINGLE DAY RECORD

The USA Pavilion welcomed over 34,000 people on August 11th.  In the first ten days of August, the pavilion has seen a 47% increase in its visitors, compared to the first ten days of July.

For more info on the daily “food talks” taking place at the US pavilion, check out: http://blogs.state.gov/stories/2015/08/07/conversations-change-terrace-talks-usa-pavilion-milan-expo

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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QUAM PART OF TEAM LAYING GROUNDWORK FOR EXPO 2023

Lois Quam and Marilyn Carlson Nelson, Minnesota World’s Fair Bid Committee co-chairwomen, announced their efforts to bring the World’s Fair to Minnesota in 2023 at a kick-off event Friday.

Karin Elton, Marshal Independent | April 11, 2015

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MINNESOTA WILL BID TO LAND THE 2023 WORLD’S FAIR

The world’s fair, that science and technology extravaganza that introduced wonders ranging from the Ferris wheel to videoconferencing, could land in Minnesota if a group of civic leaders have their way.

The new Minnesota World’s Fair Bid Committee announced Friday that it is preparing a bid for the 2023 fair, called Expo 2023, and that it has already raised nearly three-quarters of the $1.5 million needed to do it.

Expo 2023 would join the other mega events headed to Minnesota, such as the 2018 Super Bowl and the 2019 Final Four basketball championships, said Carlson, who co-chaired the committee that successfully won the Super Bowl bid for the state. “We can build on that,” she said. “And it will help us collaborate with others around the world to make this a healthy planet.”

Jean Hopfensperger, Star Tribune | April 11, 2015 – 12:03 AM

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MINNESOTA STARTS BID FOR 2023 WORLD’S FAIR

After landing an upcoming Super Bowl and a Final Four, Minnesota is ready to push for its next big event: the 2023 World’s Fair.    

Organizers are preparing their bid for an event they hope will lure millions of tourists to see the latest in global technology and culture in the Twin Cities area. The last fair in the U.S. was in 1984 in New Orleans.

“We think our legacy will have some aspects of changing how Minnesota is perceived in the world. It will have a legacy of changing how we are able to attract and retain talent,” bid director Mark Ritchie said

Organizers say they haven’t decided where such a fair would be in the Twin Cities. They’ll submit the bid next year. At this point, the $1.5 million needed to submit a bid is being raised.

Dave Aeikens, KAAL TV | April 10, 2015 – 11:27 PM

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