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Nominations Now Being Accepted for the Governor's International Trade Awards


St. Paul – The Minnesota Trade Office (MTO) at the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) is accepting nominations for the 37th annual Governor's International Trade Awards.

The Governor's International Trade Awards honor Minnesota companies that have shown exceptional growth and success in foreign markets. In addition to honoring individual recipients, the award recognizes the tremendous positive impact that exports and trade have on the state's overall economy.

"Minnesota exports are a critical part of Minnesota's economy, both now and into the future," said Minnesota Governor Tim Walz. "Diversified global trade helps ensure that Minnesota's economy remains strong, and it positions us for future growth by showcasing our ingenuity and innovation on the global stage."

"From medical devices to machinery to agricultural commodities and more, exports account for $33 billion in revenue annually in Minnesota," said DEED Commissioner Steve Grove. "Exports also support tens of thousands of jobs statewide. It's important to celebrate all that international trade brings to Minnesota."

"Agricultural commodities make up a big part of Minnesota exports - in fact Minnesota is the 4th largest exporting state in the country when it comes to agricultural products like soybeans, corn and pork," said Department of Agriculture Commissioner Thom Petersen. "We want to recognize the key role Minnesota ag exporters have in feeding the world and growing our state economy."

"Minnesota exporters have shown tremendous resilience during disruptions in recent years," said MTO Executive Director Gabrielle Gerbaud. "We are thrilled with the significant growth in sales to international markets in 2021 and are committed to supporting the success of companies with their global efforts."

Nominations for the Governor's International Trade Awards will be accepted until Friday, July 1, 2022. Recipients will be recognized at an awards ceremony to be scheduled toward the end of this year.

Additional information, as well as nomination instructions, can be found on the DEED website.

About the Minnesota Trade Office

The Minnesota Trade Office (MTO) provides export assistance and promotion programs to Minnesota's manufacturers and service providers interested in entering or expanding sales in international markets. Programs and services focus primarily on assisting small and medium-sized companies, including export technical assistance, export education training, export expansion grants and trade promotion activities.

The MTO also works to attract Foreign Direct Investment by helping foreign companies explore the advantages of expanding or relocating in Minnesota. In addition, the MTO serves as Minnesota's Office of Protocol and as the state's liaison to the local diplomatic community, the Minnesota Consular Corps.

About DEED

DEED is the state's principal economic development agency, promoting business recruitment, expansion and retention, workforce development, international trade and community development. For more details about the agency and its services, visit the DEED website, the website, or follow us on Twitter.


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