Yesterday Governor Tim Walz left for a trade mission he is leading to the UK and Finland. The mission will focus on increasing the state’s exports, promoting Minnesota as a destination of choice for business investment, developing new business opportunities and strengthening existing ties.
“Minnesota is a great place to do business. Our goal is to share this message with the world, strengthening commerce with our partners in Europe while expanding economic opportunities for businesses and families here in Minnesota,” Governor Walz said. “I will be joined by business leaders from across the state as we build on our existing relationships and encourage European businesses to start or expand their businesses in Minnesota.”
Minnesota businesses have a better chance of surviving beyond five years than any other state in the country, a compelling reason for businesses from the UK and Finland to increase investment and grow in Minnesota.
The mission will bring the state’s business opportunities to the world and explain why Minnesota is an exceptional place to start, build or grow a business. Building on the recent launch of “Minnesota’s”Build what mattersthe mission will showcase Minnesota as America’s problem-solving capital. Minnesota has long been a state that builds companies that drive global transformations in a variety of sectors, including healthcare, clean energy and agriculture.
“The Governor’s trade mission is an opportunity for us to showcase the many benefits of doing business with Minnesota and having operations in our state,” said Steve Grove, Commissioner of the Department of Jobs and Development. economic. “The UK is our 8th largest export market, and we believe now is the right time to open even more doors for Minnesota exporters, including those at the cutting edge of technology in the medical sector and those who grapple with the realities of climate change. We’re also excited to visit companies like Uponor – with global headquarters in Finland – as it has expanded operations to Minnesota 11 times since 1990. We want to share what Uponor already knows, that innovative talent and Minnesota’s skilled workforce are reliable. to take your business to the next level.
“Minnesota is bringing a strong delegation of agricultural leaders to the UK and Finland to help us showcase the wealth of resources and opportunities we offer global food industries,” said the Department of Agriculture Commissioner. of Minnesota, Thom Petersen. “We welcome global food companies whose products reach consumers in more than 125 countries. Several foreign food companies already have significant operations in Minnesota, including Kerry, Ornua and Agropur. We are excited to showcase what Minnesota has to offer, both as a business partner and as a sound investment for global food industries. We are also excited to build stronger relationships with representatives of these two important trading partners. Nothing can replace the face-to-face meetings and first-hand knowledge these trade missions provide.
The trade mission to the UK and Finland will take place from November 13-19, 2021, with stops in major business centers in London and Helsinki. It will have four concentration tracks: MedTech and Health, Environmental Technologies, Agriculture and Food, and Higher Education.
Both locations – the UK and Finland – are important trading partners for Minnesota. The UK was on the 8and largest export market in 2020. More than 70 UK-based companies operate in over 180 business locations in Minnesota, and over 60 Minnesota companies operate in approximately 150 business locations in the UK. Total trade between Minnesota and Finland was valued at $58 million in goods in 2020 – where Minnesota imported $39 million from Finland and exported $19 million to Finland.
The trade mission will start in the UK. During the first stop, Governor Walz will lay a ceremonial Remembrance Day wreath in honor of 27 Minnesota soldiers and sailors killed in World War I who are buried and memorialized at Brookwood American Cemetery and Memorial. Day two will include visits with State Department Minister Greg Hands for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy and Minister Penny Mordaunt for State Trade Policy, followed by a visit to Mayo Clinic Healthcare in London. The third day of the tour will continue in London, focusing on networking events to increase trade and business between Minnesota and the UK. Next, in Finland, Governor Walz will meet with President Sauli Niinistö before meeting with executives from UPM and Uponor, both of which have operations in Minnesota. The last day of the tour will focus on networking to increase our partnership and exchanges with Finnish companies. Governor Walz and the delegation will return to Minnesota on Friday, November 19.
Governor Walz will be joined by First Lady Gwen Walz, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development Commissioner Steve Grove, Minnesota Department of Agriculture Commissioner Thom Petersen and representatives from the Minnesota Trade Office. The state delegation will be joined by business organizations and leaders from across Minnesota, including:
- Shahzad Ahmad, Associate Vice President, Center for International Studies, St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud
- Joel Akason, Senior Vice President of Corporate Investment, GREATER MSP, St. Paul
- Jan Bauer, Consul, UK Government, Crystal
- Bryan Biegler, President, Minnesota Corn Growers Association, Burnsville
- Aaron Budge, Minnesota State University, Mankato
- John Cooney III, Director, Government Relations, SkyWater Technology Foundry, Inc., Bloomington
- Kimberly Craig, Vice President of Enrollment Management, Concordia University, St. Paul
- Jeff Davidman, Vice President of Government Affairs, Delta Air Lines
- G. Anton Decker, MBBCh, President of Mayo Clinic International, Mayo Clinic, Rochester
- Steven Dickinson, Co-Chair of International Practice, Cozen O’Connor, Minneapolis
- Timothy Dufault, Board Member and Wheat Farmer, Minnesota Wheat Research and Promotional Council, Red Lake Falls
- Beverly Durgan, Dean, University of Minnesota Extension, Saint Paul
- Mohamed Farah, President, Kaah Transportation, Waite Park
- Kathryn Ferguson, Business and Business Development Manager, Duluth Seaway Port Authority, Duluth
- Bradley Ferguson, Director of Government Affairs, SkyWater Technology Foundry, Bloomington
- Bodil Forsling, Tourism Account Manager, Mall of America, Bloomington
- Peter Frosch, President and CEO, GREATER MSP, St. Paul
- Jeffrey Grev, Vice President of Legislative Affairs, Hormel, Austin
- Nicole Griensewic, Executive Director, Region Nine Development Commission, Mankato
- August Hinnenkamp, Co-Founder and CEO, CLO-CLO Vegan Foods, Edina
- Wendy Hinnenkamp, Founder, CLO-CLO Vegan Foods, Edina
- Harlan Jacobs, Director of International Business Development, Crotega, LLC, Crystal
- Patrick Kelly, Shareholder and Officer, Fredrikson & Byron, PA, Minneapolis
- Jukka Kukkonen, Educator and Chief Electronic Vehicle Strategist, Shift2Electric, St. Paul
- Elaine Kumpula, Honorary Consul of Finland and Partner, Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, Minneapolis
- Laura Lemke, Executive Director, Minnesota Grain and Feed Association, New Prague
- Amy Lindgren, President, Prototype Career Service, St. Paul
- Steven Massey, Superintendent, Forest Lake Area Schools, Forest Lake
- Meredith McQuaid, Associate Vice President and Dean, International Programs, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
- Kenneth Morris, Founder and CEO, KnectIQ, Roseville
- Stephen Parente, Professor of Finance, Minnesota Insurance Industry Chair of Health Finance, Associate Dean, Carlson Global Institute, University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management, Minneapolis
- Eric Pasi, Director of Development, Impact Power Solutions LLC, Roseville
- Kim Pearson, CEO, New Boundaries Technologies, Inc., Roseville
- Virginia Rutter, Community Relations Manager, Clean Energy Economy MN, Minneapolis
- Eric Samuelson, President, Northarvest Bean Growers Association, Crookston
- Patrick Seeb, Executive Director Destination Medical Center, Rochester
- Joseph Smentek, Executive Director, Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council, Mankato
- Kenneth Smith, President and CEO, Ever-Green Energy, St. Paul
- Jared Standish, Industry Liaison University of Minnesota – MnDRIVE Advancing Industry, Conserving Our Environment, St. Paul
- Jasmine Stringer, Founder and President, Carpe Diem with Jasmine, LLC., Minneapolis
- Brian Thalmann, Board Member, Minnesota Corn Growers Association, Burnsville
- Greg Thomas, Director of Sales and Marketing, Innovation, Albert Lea
- Loren Unterseher, Board Member, SkyWater Technology Foundry, Inc., Bloomington
- Robyn Wacker, President, St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud
- Richard Weiner, Vice Chairman and President, International Law Practice Group, Fredrikson & Byron, PA, Minneapolis
- Jonathan Weinhagen, President and CEO, Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce, Minneapolis
- Donald Weinkauf, Dean of the School of Engineering, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul
- Gary Wertish, President, Minnesota Farmers Union, St. Paul
- Mark Wuollet, Vice President, Mark-Tech International LLC., Minneapolis