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International offices pitch Minnesota amid trade turbulence

 

September 19, 2019

Steve Karnowski

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, left, and his economic development commissioner, Steve Grove, right, meet with reporters in the governor's office at the state Capitol in St. Paul, Minnesota, on Friday, Sept. 13, 2019, to discuss their just-ended trade mission to Japan and South Korea.

Consultants in Singapore help Minnesota businesses figure out who can distribute their products in Southeast Asia. In Montreal, one woman is constantly pitching Minnesota as the place for Canadians to grow their businesses. A European company represents Minnesota at trade shows and promotional events from Berlin to Brussels.

State contractors across the globe help businesses here export products and entice companies abroad to expand or relocate in Minnesota. But a year after the state hired consultants in several new regions, trade wars and economic uncertainty have prompted Minnesota to scale back the work of those little-known outposts - at least for now.

http://www.startribune.com/international-offices-pitch-minnesota-amid-trade-turbulence/560678702/

 

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