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Posted on: October 12, 2022

City of College Park Endorses US Bid for World's Fair

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CITY OF COLLEGE PARK ENDORSES UNITED STATES BID FOR WORLD’S FAIR
Minnesota USA Expo 2027 project would be the first ever global exposition on health and well-being

COLLEGE PARK, MD, October 12, 2022 – After a formal review of the site, infrastructure, financial, and project plans, the United States is one step closer to bringing a Specialized Expo back to America in 2027. The City of College Park and its' Mayor Patrick L. Wojahn joins dozens of communities from across the country in support of the USA Expo 2027 bid.

For more than 150 years, the United States has had a long and successful history with Expos, more commonly referred to as World’s Fairs in the United States. These global events have reshaped the economic and cultural trajectory of U.S. cities like Seattle, San Antonio, San Francisco, St. Louis, New York and Chicago. However, it’s been 38 years since the United States last hosted a World’s Fair.

This week, a delegation from the Bureau of International Expositions (BIE) traveled to Minnesota and Washington, D.C. on an Enquiry Mission to assess the feasibility and viability of the USA Expo 2027 project. The BIE is the international organization responsible for evaluating proposals and deciding the location of Expos.

The United States’ proposal is based on the theme “Healthy People, Healthy Planet: Wellness and Well-Being for All.” If successful, the Expo would take place in Bloomington, Minnesota near the Mall of America from May 15 until August 15, 2027. This 93-day extravaganza would include participation from as many as 200 countries and is projected to attract 14.3 million in visits and one billion global viewers. With more than $12 trillion spent every year on health and wellness, Expo 2027 would also be a platform to forge the global partnerships needed to advance the United Nation’s sustainability goals for good health and well-being for all.

 “Coming on the heels of a global pandemic, convening a global conversation with a billion viewers about wellness and well-being is both timely and critical.  The City of College Park is home to world class research institutions like the University of Maryland, who are important contributors to this on-going work” said Mayor Wojahn.

Minnesota has one of the most respected public health systems in the world, including the #1 rated hospital, Mayo Clinic, and the #1 rated Health Tech Cluster, Medical Alley. “As the ‘Silicon Valley of Healthcare,’ Minnesota is uniquely positioned to host such an important global gathering,” said Bloomington, Minnesota Mayor Tim Busse. “We look forward to working with local officials and other stakeholders across the United States to ensure that Expo 2027 is truly a national effort.”

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CONTACT:
City Communications
Ryna Quinones
240.487.3508
rquinones@collegeparkmd.gov

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