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Nominations Open for Governor's International Trade Awards
Minnesota Ag Connection - 05/12/2022

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 July 1. 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 at mn.gov/deed/business/exporting/about/trade-award.jsp


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