IN THE BEGINNING
Over the past century our nation hosted many international exhibitions – in large cities like New York and San Francisco, and in dynamic regional ones – including Spokane, Seattle, Knoxville and San Antonio. These global gatherings proved to be the preeminent place to introduce new technologies and to unveil exquisite art and culture. World Expos enthralled millions of visitors with new ideas and innovations connecting them to important global influences. Young visitors were forever changed by visions of the future that spawned new generations of scientists, engineers, and artists.
EXPOS KEEP GROWING
International exhibitions are coordinated by the Bureau of International Expositions (BIE). Large, six-month World Expos are organized every five years with one smaller, three-month version held in-between, referred to as a Specialized Expo. In 2010, for example, 73 million visitors came to Shanghai World Expo and then two years later, in 2012, between 8 and 9 million attended the Specialized Expo held in Yeosu, Korea. 20 million visitors went to Italy for the Milan World Expo in 2015. Astana, Kazakhstan hosted a Specialized Expo in 2017.
BRINGING THE 2023 EXPO TO MINNESOTA
We have built a strong foundation of community support to bring a Specialized Expo to Minnesota. We have the vision, organizational capacity, and culture of hospitality it takes to host such a global event.
The theme “Healthy People, Healthy Planet,” highlights the importance of health and wellness at the global level—and Minnesota’s unique position as one of the world’s most important centers of innovation and excellence in health, healing, medical sciences, and the promotion of wellness.
We want to welcome the entire planet to Minnesota in 2023 to share their accomplishments and exciting ideas for health and well-being for all.