In June, the Minnesota Expo 2027 team took the next step in bringing Expo 2027, also known as a World’s Fair, to the U.S. by submitting its formal bid proposal to host the event in Bloomington in summer 2027. Bloomington could be the site for the three-month event.
Bloomington was selected as the official bid location of the United States in June 2021 with the theme of “Healthy People, Healthy Planet.” The international campaign is a joint effort between the bid committee and the United States federal government. Minnesota USA Expo 2027 is an independent nonprofit organization established for the purpose of coordinating 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. Mayor Busse participated in the official Minnesota USA Expo 2027 presentation to the Bureau of International Expositions in Paris, France on June 20.
“Bloomington is centrally located in the metro area and the proposed Expo site has unparalleled connectivity,” Mayor Busse told BIE General Assembly delegates. A site logistics study revealed there was no better spot in Minnesota to host such an Expo, with more than 4,000 hotel rooms within a mile and a half of the Expo site. The site is also connected by light rail to an international airport and the downtowns of Minneapolis and St. Paul.”
The BIE will vote in June 2023 to determine where Expo 2027 will take place. Other countries that are in the running to host Expo 2027 include Argentina, Serbia, Spain and Thailand. Minnesota’s proposed theme of health and wellness would showcase Minnesota’s strength in these areas.