Minnesota may be the next host of the World's Fair.
The United States (with the host city being Bloomington, Minnesota) is up against Poland and Argentina, with the winner being announced Wednesday around 10 a.m. (5 p.m. in Paris), according to a news release.
You'll be able to get live updates from the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) on Twitter here. (The BIE is the organization in charge of World's Fairs.)
If Minnesota is the host of the Specialized Expo in 2023, it'll mark the first World's Fair in the U.S. in nearly 40 years, Expo2023 – Minnesota World's Fair Bid Committee – says.
This Specialized Expo would run for three months, between May 13-Aug. 13, 2023, a news release said. Specialized Expos are actually smaller versions of the large, six-month expos that are organized by BIE every five years – the last one was in Milan in 2015, with Dubai slated to host it in 2020, Expo2023 notes.
And the theme for Minnesota's expo is "Healthy People, Healthy Planet: Wellness and Well Being for All."
The theme will "both highlight the importance of health and medicine at a global level and to spotlight Minnesota's unique position as one of the world's most importance centers of excellence and innovation in health, healing, medical sciences and promotion of wellness," the Minnesota World's Fair Bid Committee's website says. (Read more about the theme here.)
The site of the Specialized Expo would be near Mall of America.
How Minnesota got this far
The World's Fair is basically a “gathering of people from many parts of the world, at which they demonstrate their products and their arts, and promote their homelands,” an official website says.
In late October, Minnesota's congressional delegation joined Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan at a reception to support the USA-Minnesota bid, with Sullivan saying he'll cast his vote for Minnesota on Nov. 15.
Expo2023 says the expo could generate more than 40,000 jobs in the state. They've previously estimated it would bring in 10-15 million tourists, generating $185.3 million in local tax revenue and generating $1.5 billion in total economic benefit.
Under the law, all of the funding for the World's Fair has to come from private sources – so no tax money.
The U.S. hasn't hosted a World's Fair since 1984, when it was in New Orleans.