Yesterday in Paris, the General Assembly of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) voted to make the United States a finalist to host a World’s Fair (“Expo”) in 2023. The United States/Minnesota, Argentina/Buenos Aires and Poland/Lodz will continue to promote their respective Expo projects until the 162nd General Assembly of the BIE in November 2017, when Member States of the BIE will vote for the organizing country of Specialized Expo 2022/2023. Should the BIE Member States elect the United States as the host country, Minneapolis, Minnesota will organize a Specialized Expo in 2023 under the theme of “Healthy People, Healthy Planet.”
World’s Fairs bring millions of visitors and generate billions of digital impressions on a global scale. An expected twelve million visitors will attend the three-month Expo 2023 USA-Minnesota, a “Specialized Expo” focusing on the issues of health and wellness.
The overall national economic impact of Expo 2023 USA-Minnesota is estimated to be over USD $4 Billion. As per the United States Wants to Compete for a World Expo Act (H.R. 534), funding for all World’s Fair projects in the US must come from private sources. Expo 2023 USA-Minnesota is expected to generate over 40,000 jobs across the state in support of the event. Expo 2023 USA-Minnesota will place the Twin Cities region, and its seven-county population of 3.5 million, on a global stage, introducing Minnesota to the world.