It’s our last chance to prove why it’s Minnesota’s time to shine and host the 2027 World’s Fair!
I have been honored to serve as co-chair of the Minnesota USA Expo bid committee, which has done a great job advocating for Bloomington to host the “Healthy People, Healthy Planet” specialized exposition. Minnesota bid committee members, civic leaders, the U.S. State Department, and allies were recently in Paris for the last meeting of candidate countries before the Bureau International des Expositions delegates' final vote.
To win the bid, our committee must convince as many of the 140 to 160 representatives of other countries as possible to rank Minnesota at the top of their ballots on June 21st. I had the opportunity to help present the committee's bid to the General Assembly of the BIE in Paris last fall and explain why the American Heartlands are the perfect place to showcase this innovative event.
Our proposed Expo site is 62 acres east of the Mall of America with an urban center, extensive transportation networks, and near the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge. It already has the necessary infrastructure for future development, and the city of Bloomington has been an asset in identifying site options that fit temporary needs and long-term city and commercial developments.
The outlook for Minnesota’s bid looks promising. According to Axios, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar has met with representatives from other voting nations and is calling "dozens" more. Senior Advisor for Minnesota USA Expo Ted Johnson also said the U.S. committee already has a "solid block of votes.”
I have enjoyed working with various top-notch professionals and participating in this incredible effort to bring the first World’s Fair to U.S. soil in over 40 years. I hope to see everyone guided to Minnesota for this transformative exposition in the near future.
As always – Go, Team USA!
Immigration has always been a critical point of value in America’s prosperity. The “American Dream” would not be possible without the contribution of generations of immigrants to society, not to mention the priceless importance of multiculturalism. Despite this, the rhetoric surrounding immigration and its influence on U.S. institutions and ways of life has become increasingly hostile and rooted in misinformation. I recently read the book “How Migration Really Works: The Facts About the Most Divisive Issue in Politics” by Hein de Haas. I highly recommend it to everyone to better understand migration policies and national impact. As we get farther into this election year, debates surrounding immigration are escalating. Still, people don’t understand the fundamentals of migration or how it truly affects the U.S. To mitigate this, Hein de Haas draws on decades of research to destroy myths and set the record straight. The book highlights tense topics like global migration not being at an all-time high, climate change not leading to mass migration, and immigration mainly benefiting the wealthy instead of workers. He also notes that border restrictions have produced more migration – something that is commonly misreported and viewed as the only “solution” to the migration “problem.”
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This past summer, I read the sad tale “Flying Blind: The 737 MAX Tragedy and the Fall of Boeing” by Peter Robison. I’ve always admired Boeing, just as my father did, so I was reluctant to recommend the book. People should read it now. Robison provides a gripping account of the 737 MAX crisis, unraveling the series of events leading to tragic consequences and Boeing's subsequent downfall. By including exclusive interviews with current and former employees, industry executives, and family members of the victims, it highlights the technical and managerial failures that contributed to the fatal crashes while analyzing the company’s flawed decision-making and lack of transparency.