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Bloomington Makes Big Commitment To World's Fair - Will MN GOP?

Category: Minnesota Politics
Posted: 09/21/17 00:06, Edited: 09/21/17 00:13

by Dave Mindeman

Minnesota is one of the finalists to host the World's Fair in 2023.

You can debate the value of that - but there is little question that it would be a economic boost with lots of construction jobs.

Bloomington made a significant purchase in preparation...

During a joint meeting Tuesday of the Bloomington City Council and the city's Port Authority, officials voted to buy the Kelley farm property, also known as the Spruce Shadows Farm, for $32.3 million as a possible Expo site.

In addition to the Mall of America and the Minnesota River Valley, the Kelley farm is close to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, the light-rail Blue Line and thousands of hotel rooms. "That was one of the largest pieces of property available near light rail," said Mark Ritchie, president and CEO of Minnesota's World's Fair Bid Committee.

Notice the reference to the Blue line light rail. Locations next to transit are necessary in hosting big events. You need to move people and in a location friendly way.

Republicans continue to block light rail development. Will they continue to do that if the World's Fair comes here? Will we be able to show off a complete transit system for those visitors or will they be navigating the piecemeal infrastructure we have been relegated to?

The city of Bloomington seems to be all in. Mark Ritchie has made a strong bid to get Minnesota as one of host finalists. Mark Dayton has done what he can.

Will the legislature? That Republican legislature that keeps telling us they are bringing jobs to Minnesota?

If they want to attract these major events, we need a modern and efficient transportation system.

So far, their efforts in that regard are a big disappointment.
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