MANKATO (TEC News) - Governor Mark Dayton along with a delegation of 35 Minnesota government officials and business executives will spend 10 days overseas discussing potential business opportunities.
The delegation will depart for Germany, Sweden, and Norway on June 12 and return on June 21.
While in the German, Swedish, and Norwegian cities of Berlin, Dusseldorf, Oslo, and Stockholm, Gov. Dayton and the delegates will explore potential business opportunities, network with local officials, and work to attract investments in Minnesota.
Currently, Minnesota generates more than $1 billion annually in export sales to the German and Scandinavian markets, with hopes of increasing that amount in the future.
Greater Mankato Growth president and CEO and delegation member, Jonathan Zierdt hopes that countries like Germany will continue to invest in Minnesota and Mankato.
Mankato is the home to German-owned MTU Onsite Energy, which builds power generation systems, and employs roughly 350 people in the Mankato area.
Although potential investment and other business opportunities may not be immediate, they will have a positive impact on the Mankato economy and community, said Zierdt: Zierdt 1 "for us" :41
Mankato's city manager, Pat Hentges, will also travel with the delegation.