IN THE BEGINNING
Over the past century our nation hosted many World Fairs – 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 Fairs 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.
WORLD FAIRS KEEP GROWING
Expos, as World Fairs are often called, are coordinated by the Bureau of International Expositions (BIE). Large, six-month Expos are organized every five years with one smaller, three-month version held in-between. In 2010, for example, 73 million visitors came to Shanghai EXPO and then two years later, in 2012, between 8 and 9 million attended the World Fair held in Yoseu, Korea. This year tens of millions will flock to Italy for the Milan Expo 2015, and in 2017 the next World’s Fair will be held in Astana, Kazakhstan.
BRINGING A WORLD FAIR TO THE UNITED STATES
Diverse groups across the country are working to help bring the World Fairs back to the United States. A number of cities and want to capture the power of World Fairs to drive economic growth. Others are looking to “brand” their regions to attract new residents, tourists, students and businesses and to promote science and technology. Houston, Texas has developed a strong team preparing to make a future bid. The Bay Area Council, the business association representing companies in both Silicon Valley and in San Francisco, believes that hosting a World Fair would be an effective way to firmly anchor their global high tech leadership position. Civic leaders in Philadelphia are looking at options for global expositions that could help bring tourist from around the world as part of their celebration of our nation’s 250th birthday.
BRINGING THE 2023 WORLD FAIR TO MINNESOTA
We have built a strong foundation of community support to bring an Expo to Minnesota. We have the vision, organizational capacity, and culture of hospitality it takes to host such global event. We want to welcome the entire planet to come to Minnesota in 2023 to share their accomplishments and their exciting ideas for how to achieve the goal of Expo 2023 “Healthy People, Healthy Planet.”