Sections

Weather Forecast

Close

Error message

Views XML Backend: HTTP response: Service Unavailable. URI: http://search.fccinteractive.com/solr/classifieds/select/?q=pubToDomain:dl-online.com+AND+featured:1&fl=imageArray,datePosted,advertisement,classification,slug,ID,title&start=0&rows=5000&sort=slug%20asc
Advertisement

Minnesota set to open German trade office

Email Sign up for Breaking News Alerts
news Detroit Lakes, 56501
Detroit Lakes Online
(218) 847-9409 customer support
Detroit Lakes Minnesota 511 Washington Avenue 56501

ST. PAUL — Minnesota plans to open a European trade office.

Gov. Mark Dayton on Wednesday announced the office will be in Dusseldorf-Cologne, Germany, to promote Minnesota exports and foreign investments in the state.

Advertisement
Advertisement

The office is the first of three that will open; locations of the other two have not been announced. Minnesota already has one in Shanghai, China.

"As Minnesota continues to compete on a global scale, increasing exports and attracting new foreign direct investment are top priorities in our roadmap to long-term economic success," said Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. "Germany’s central location in Europe and its strong economy make this region an excellent choice for one of our new trade offices."

Dayton took time during a trade mission to Germany, Sweden and Norway to make the announcement. He is accompanied by representatives of 35 Minnesota companies and education institutions.

Several European countries are main Minnesota trade partners.

Germany was Minnesota’s fifth-largest trade partner in 2012 with $728 million in sales, with Belgium, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, France, Ireland, Sweden and Finland also on the state’s top 25 export list.

Advertisement
Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
Advertisement
Advertisement
randomness