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Minnesota Expo 2027 Organizers Make their Case > In Park Magazine > News Coverage

June 17, 2022

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Minnesota USA Expo is a non-profit entity dedicated to securing a Specialized Expo in the summer of 2027. The organization represents the official bid of the United States government to host a Specialized world’s fair per the regulations of the The Bureau International des Exhibitions (BIE). The Minnesota group, which officially announced its bid in June 2021, claims strong bipartisan support at national, state, and local levels and to have sufficient financial and local support to assure the successful development of the exposition.

If successful, Minnesota 2027 would be the first world’s fair hosted on North American soil in several decades. The US is one of five countries competing to host in 2027-28; the others are Thailand (in Phuket), Serbia (in Belgrade), Spain (in Malaga), and Argentina (in San Carlos de Bariloche).

According to the BIE, the project examination phase for Specialized Expo 2027/28 is currently underway, with each candidate having submitted a detailed candidature dossier to the BIE. The BIE will organize Enquiry Missions to all candidate countries between July and October 2022 to assess feasibility and viability. The host country of Specialized Expo 2027/28 will then be elected by BIE Member States, gathered in a General Assembly set to take place in June 2023, on the principle of one country, one vote.

The time has come for the return of a World Exposition to the United States. John Stanoch, President, Minnesota Expo 2027

InPark’s world’s fair specialist Jim Ogul spent the chief of his career with the US State Department overseeing US participation in world expos, and now consults in the field and writes extensively on the topic. He interviewed several members of the Minnesota 2027 team: President and CEO John M. Stanoch, and Board Co-chairs Bob Clark and Marc Lore. Stanoch is a retired Hennepin County District Court Judge; Lore is a limited partner of the Minnesota Timberwolves; Bob Clark recently served as Commissioner General of the USA Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai.

RELATED: Mark Ritchie, President of Global Minnesota, has been a key driving force behind this expo bid from the start; see our most recent interview with him.

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