Minneapolis delegation to Sweden focuses on jobs and economic development

A delegation of Minneapolis City, business, and civic leaders will travel to Uppsala and Stockholm, Sweden in early April to build business partnerships and exchange best practices for government and economic growth. Uppsala is a Sister City of Minneapolis, and Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and City Council Member Diane Hofstede will lead a delegation of 20 people on this official Sister City visit.

As part of the visit’s focus on economic development opportunities, several local business leaders will be part of the delegation in order to make connections with Swedish companies and organizations who may be potential partners in growing both cities’ economies. The U.S. Ambassador to Sweden, Matthew Barzun, has invited the delegation to meet with Swedish businesses interested in building trade relationships with U.S. companies, including a number of Swedish medtech firms identified by the BioBusiness Alliance of Minnesota. Sustainability, environmental issues, and tourism promotion will also be topics of discussion during the delegation’s time in Sweden.

In addition to City and business leaders, the delegation includes the Honorary Consul General of Sweden for Minnesota, Bruce Karstadt, trustees of the American Swedish Institute, leadership of the Minneapolis Uppsala Friendship Committee, leadership of the Swedish-American Chambers of Commerce, and Meet Minneapolis staff.

Last February, a delegation from Uppsala visited Minneapolis to promote and learn about business development, small business financing, and other jobs and economic issues. Minneapolis and Uppsala have been sister cities for 11 years.

Mayor Rybak and Council Member Hofstede will also stop in Amsterdam on their return trip to promote tourism to Minneapolis, taking advantage of the three daily non-stop flights between the two cities.

Published Mar. 31, 2011