Dayton to lead trade mission to Germany, Sweden, Norway

Gov. Mark Dayton will lead a group of Minnesota businesses on a trade mission to Germany, Sweden and Norway June 12-21, his office said today.

The group will meet with business leaders and government officials in Berlin, Dusseldorf, Oslo and Stockholm.

From the governor’s office:

The goal of the trade mission is to increase state exports, attract foreign direct investment opportunities, and connect with potential customers and longstanding partners in Europe and Scandinavia.

Minnesota exports are a growing part of the state’s economic development strategy, reaching a record $20.3 billion in 2011. Minnesota exports have set quarterly records for eight straight quarters and are expected to post another annual record when final figures are tabulated for 2012.

The three countries are “vital trade partners that account for nearly $1 billion in annual exports from Minnesota,” the governor’s office said.