December 15, 2021
News Release Excerpt
MINNEAPOLIS, Dec. 15, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Minnesota USA Expo 2027 announced today that it has launched the campaign phase of its effort to secure a Specialized Expo (around the theme “Healthy People, Healthy Planet”) to be held in Bloomington in 2027. Speaking to the General Assembly of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), members of the Bid Committee addressed 500 diplomats and delegates and laid the groundwork for the 18-month campaign.
This was the first presentation to the BIE since being selected in June by the Biden administration as the official U.S. host location. The bid committee presentation to the BIE was led by the U.S. State Department; Minnesotans participating in the presentation included Governor Walz, Lt. Governor Flanagan, Minnesota USA Expo 2027 President and CEO John Stanoch, Bloomington Mayor Tim Busse and Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation CEO Dr. Joseph Lee.
In his opening remarks to the BIE, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken shared the rationale for Minnesota as host of the first-ever Expo focused on global health and wellness. “The United States – and especially Minnesota – is the right place to host. It is home to the University of Minnesota, whose researchers are at the forefront of global fights against HIV/AIDS, Ebola and Zika. It claims world-renowned healthcare providers like Mayo Clinic, whose specialty care draws 1.3 million patients from 140 countries every year. And Minnesota is home to more than 700 health care companies.”