- "All travel has its advantages. If the passenger visits better countries, he may learn to improve his own." - Samuel Johnson
- "One's destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things." -Henry Miller
Minneapolis-St. Paul InterCity Leadership Visit Overview
Portland has been selected as the 10th destination for our annual InterCity Leadership Visit: Sunday, October 2 to Tuesday, October 4, 2011.
The leadership of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, will be traveling to Portland with a delegation of 75 community and regional representatives for their tenth Intercity Leadership Visit. This initiative was launched in 2001 by traveling to Denver in 2001 and has since traveled to Seattle, Boston, Dallas, San Diego, Toronto, Atlanta, Charlotte and Austin, TX to learn about city and regional best practices. Each year there is a strong delegation of regional representation. Business, Government, Chamber and Foundation leadership have all committed to their participation.
There are three themes for our visit to Portland: regional economic development, education and urban issues (transportation, downtown development, etc.). The agenda will show case innovative initiatives and regional collaboration around these issues.
Delegates: Trip attendance is by invitation only. A sample of past delegates include: Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak; St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman; Susan Haigh, Metropolitan Council Chair; Jon Campbell, President, Wells Fargo; Sean Kershaw, President, Citizen’s League; Lester Bagley, Vice President, Minnesota Vikings; David Olson, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce; and many more.
The purpose of this program is two-fold. First is to introduce the delegation to innovative ideas, programs and initiatives, which may be adapted to our community and implemented. The second purpose, is building cross sector relationships within our community. This shared experience results in a more cohesive team working on behalf of our region. Upon returning home, the dynamics of problem solving and community visioning will be enhanced.
This conference does not follow a typical meeting format. We will take the opportunity to see, experience, and explore as much of Portland as possible. By moving the delegation around the region, changing venues to support and enhance the presentations, we'll create a unique and stimulating program. We intend to create the environment to foster networking, creative thinking and discussion among the delegates.
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