Minnesota sites are on the agenda for international tour of Midwest innovation centers

Many Minnesota sites will be on display later this month when officials from Canada, Mexico, and Central and South American countries tour innovation hubs in the Midwest.

The U.S. Commerce Department is organizing the “Americas Competitiveness Exchange on Innovation and Entrepreneurship,” which will take the international commerce and economic development officials on a six-day tour of places in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois.

The goal, they say, is “to establish long-term global and regional partnerships and to see the results of economic development initiatives in the Americas that are strengthening innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystems.”

The tour, starting April 19, has these local highlights:

  • HGA Architects
  • Target Field
  • The Minnesota Historical Society
  • University Of Minnesota – Twin Cities
  • Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
  • Greater Minneapolis- St. Paul Regional Economic Development Partnership
  • Walter Digital Technology Center
  • Minnesota’s Bid For the 2023 World’s Fair
  • The United States Cluster Mapping Project
  • The Fruit Crops Breeding Program at the U of M
  • Natural Resources Research Institute (NRRI) at UMD
  •  University of Minnesota’s Academic Health Center
  • Region Nine Development Commission
  • 3M
  • Mayo Clinic
  • Minnesota Bio Business Center
  • Rochester Area Economic Development

Previous tours in the southern U.S. and Mexico have been successful, officials said. According to John Andersen, U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for the Western Hemisphere:

“The [touring] delegation represents high-ranking commerce and economic development officials from all over the Americas, and is an opportunity for participants to establish partnerships with and strategic investments in Midwest America’s centers of innovation and advanced technology hubs, which can lead to greater market access for U.S. exporters.”

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