Mark Andrew Ritchie is Former Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie and current President of the “Expo 2023” bid committee, otherwise known as the World Fair.
The theme for the expo would be: “Wellness and Well-Being for All: Healthy People, Healthy Planet.”
The theme is about health around the world, but should also enable explorations of innovation, wellness and sustainability. Expo 2023 USA-Minnesota will help facilitate new partnerships to energize local and national efforts to achieve these Global Goals. It enables a range of ways for countries to participate.
Expos are international events (historically called World’s Fairs in the U.S.) where nations, civic groups, companies, and others host pavilions and exhibits highlighting advances in social, technological and scientific areas of global significance.
Ritchie along with others believe Minnesota will benefit from the world fair in many ways, however the main two goals will help attract talent and promote technology in Minnesota.
● Expo 2023 ALIGNS WITH PUBLIC GOALS to attract talented people to our region, to promote science and technology-related careers, and to boost tourism, trade and foreign-direct investment.
● Expo 2023’s GREATEST LEGACY will be introducing this beautiful state and its people to millions of people from around the world who will remember, appreciate and fall in love with Minnesota and become future students, business owners and citizens. Young people will become visions of the future – tech creators, students, etc. The image of Minnesotans in the world, in addition to the above, will show Minnesota as a wonderful host to the entire planet.
The ongoing buzz from a World’s Fair will also help Minnesota better compete globally for talent, he said.