Bloomington is one of five sites around the world being considered as the location for Expo 2027. An Expo is a world’s fair, which is used by countries to showcase and unveil their most remarkable achievements. In June, the Bureau of International Expositions will select one of the five sites being considered.
If the specialized expo is held in Bloomington, the economic impact could be greater than $2 billion. The bid committee expects more than seven million unique visitors to attend. The admissions and lodging taxes collected during the three-month-long event would generate direct general fund revenue that would benefit residents. Building the infrastructure needed for the event would also generate jobs in Bloomington.
The international campaign is a joint effort between the Expo 2027 bid committee and the United States federal government. Minnesota USA Expo 2027 is an independent nonprofit organization established to coordinate the bid process and, if successful, planning and hosting the event. The organization is not affiliated with or governed by the City of Bloomington. Mayor Tim Busse and City Manager Jamie Verbrugge serve as ex officio members of the Minnesota USA Expo 2027 board of directors.