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