The Minnesota World's Fair -- bring the World's Fair to Minnesota in 2022-23

by John Hottinger | Apr 03, 2013
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Summary:

Highlights of the idea: The World's Fair has not been in the U.S. since 1984. Bringing it to Minnesota with strong ties to St. Paul would allow us to host "the largest cultural event in the world", the "intellectual equivalent of the Olympics" and "bring a world trade mission to Minnesota." It would
* bring an estimated 10-15 million people into our area to see the Fair over the course of four months
* result in a tourism influx of from $10-15 billi on dollars
* promote broadly throughout the world the intellectual, cultural, innovative, industrious and business excellence of our diverse communities and people
* spur lasting and sustainable economic development -- especially in areas like the East Side of the Metro -- which has been left behind in recent economic booms
* leave behind an infrastructure of mixed use housing, office complexes, cultural centers and incubation opportunities in addition to an iconic structure that would be a visible symbol of the area for the entire world
* create 10s of thousands of jobs during construction and operation of the Fair and many more in the thriving economic development area left afterward.
* catalyze valuable improvements in the transportation system including mass transit in the metro area and reaching out to high-speed transportation modes to Duluth, Rochester, Chicago and elsewhere
* Bring the people of St. Paul and the whole metro area closer together in a common effort of building, promoting, hosting and, yes, bragging about all the things we have pride in.

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About You

First Name

John

Last Name

Hottinger

City

Saint Paul

County

Ramsey

Country

United States, MN, Ramsey County

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Names of others who helped contribute to my idea

Cristina Gillette; Steve Heckler; Tim Griffin

How did you hear about the Forever Saint Paul Challenge?

Many sources including at CoCo

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Organization Name (if applicable)

The Minnesota Worlds Fair

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Organization Country

United States

Your idea

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Title of your idea

The Minnesota World's Fair -- bring the World's Fair to Minnesota in 2022-23

Give us the highlights of your idea for making Saint Paul great (2,000 characters maximum or approx. 250 words)

Highlights of the idea: The World's Fair has not been in the U.S. since 1984. Bringing it to Minnesota with strong ties to St. Paul would allow us to host "the largest cultural event in the world", the "intellectual equivalent of the Olympics" and "bring a world trade mission to Minnesota." It would
* bring an estimated 10-15 million people into our area to see the Fair over the course of four months
* result in a tourism influx of from $10-15 billi on dollars
* promote broadly throughout the world the intellectual, cultural, innovative, industrious and business excellence of our diverse communities and people
* spur lasting and sustainable economic development -- especially in areas like the East Side of the Metro -- which has been left behind in recent economic booms
* leave behind an infrastructure of mixed use housing, office complexes, cultural centers and incubation opportunities in addition to an iconic structure that would be a visible symbol of the area for the entire world
* create 10s of thousands of jobs during construction and operation of the Fair and many more in the thriving economic development area left afterward.
* catalyze valuable improvements in the transportation system including mass transit in the metro area and reaching out to high-speed transportation modes to Duluth, Rochester, Chicago and elsewhere
* Bring the people of St. Paul and the whole metro area closer together in a common effort of building, promoting, hosting and, yes, bragging about all the things we have pride in.

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Innovation

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What makes your idea different or unexpected? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

No World's Fair has been held in the United State since 1984. This would be a revived idea in a different more modern form that can appeal to two generations of attendees -- those who remember them and those who have never heard of them. It would be a "modern fair" highlighting the innovation that takes place in the next ten years and would do what World's Fairs always do: spur the innovation of the future in virtually every avenue of humankind from art to technology to cultural and political interaction of the many countries -- over 100 - that would attend. This is the place to let ideas and imagination run rampant: Worlds Fairs Are Innovation!

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How will your idea make a difference in Saint Paul? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

St. Paul and the east side of the metro have been second-class as development targets in recent years, this would help bring equity. Bolstering the economic opportunity of the St. Paul area assists the whole metro in attracting a higher level of world class trade, cultural exchanges and opportunity – and builds on St. Paul’s growing strength in those areas. This kind of initiative supports a variety of local energies and assists in giving support to other local efforts to build community, job opportunities and visibility. Unlike a short-term convention, this is a longer-term commitment to both the celebration we bring but to the development we leave.

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Why do you think people will recognize or remember your idea after it comes to life? How might it inspire others to do something similar in their community? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

Implementation of this idea implemented would launch St. Paul (and the metro area) into the world consciousness like nothing before ever connected with this community. It would leave behind an iconic structure serving as a symbol of the majesty of the ideas and people celebrated by the fair -- just like the Eiffel Tower in Paris and the Space Needle in Seattle did for those cities. The innovations spotlighted by the Fair would remain an historical marker for the development and values of a great community and the world. The United States again hosting the worlds countries would remind the world of our leadership legacy. too, often blurred by the frictions and fluctuations of world politics. Success here would remind all of our nation's ability to inspire cooperation in world relations.

llhjl hlhj said: The world is changing so fast that is why we need to adopt to it also. - James Cullem about this Competition Entry. - 2520 days ago read more >
justin stanly said: http://www.windows8-problems.com I think this will be a great World Fair, which is going to be held on 2022-2023. In addition, the ... about this Competition Entry. - 2566 days ago read more >
Joe Walz said: Huge fan of the history of world's fair, seems to be an absence in US for a long stretch of time. I emailed the Mayor of ST. Paul- Chris ... about this Competition Entry. - 2835 days ago read more >

John Hottinger updated this Competition Entry. - 2847 days ago

John Hottinger updated this Competition Entry. - 2847 days ago

John Hottinger submitted this idea. - 2847 days ago