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LUNCHEON Baby Little Gems Salad Ginger-Green Peppercorn Poached Apricots & Peaches, St. Pete’s Cave Aged Blue Cheese, Black Pepper, Candied Walnuts with Maple Syrup Vinaigrette Duo of Pan Roasted Walleye Pike & Creekstone Beef Tenderloin Minnesota-Cultivated Wild Rice Polenta, Rhubarb Chutney, Baby Zucchini, Roasted Baby Artichoke, Toy Box Heirloom Tomatoes, Truffle Demi, Chardonnay Nage Chef Christophe’s Minneapolis Inspired Dessert

AGENDA Introduction Welcome...............................................................Melvin Tennant President & CEO, Meet Minneapolis

Mayor Greeting.............................................................R.T. Rybak Mayor, City of Minneapolis

Lunch Energy Booster............................................John Sweeney Brave New Workshop

We are Ready......................................................MN Chapter MPI Thank You



BRAVE NEW WORKSHOP The Brave New Workshop (BNW) Comedy Theatre has been creating audacious, hilarious and thought-provoking original comedy for over 50 years. From the company’s downtown Minneapolis location, the talented cast perform original sketch comedy and improvisation shows throughout the year. As a growing and diverse company, the BNW also offers classes for improvisation and unique business and meeting services. Powered by BNW owner John Sweeney, who you will meet today, the company’s Creative Outreach business programs use the assets of improvisational theatre to ignite workplace innovation. As a speaker and trainer, Sweeney simplifies innovation into everyday behaviors that help audiences move from hesitation to action, from judgment to openmindedness, and from fear to discovery. Companies hoping to modify a behavior, teach a skill, or deliver a message, seek out Sweeney and his team because the resulting collaboration creates experiences so unexpected attendees are driven to laugh, learn and change. Creative Outreach clients include some of the most progressive Fortune 500 companies in the world.

MINNEAPOLIS IS READY In the past year, Minneapolis has topped many prestigious lists as a city that is getting it right and we are ready to host MPI-WEC in 2014. }

QUALITY OF LIFE: With its “120 miles of on and off-street bicycle facilities, plus indoor bike parking and other cycling-friendly facilities,” Minneapolis comes out on top of Bicycling Magazine’s list of America’s Top 50 BikeFriendly Cities.1


AIRPORTS: Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport is ranked FourthBest Airport for Business Travelers,2 while Delta Air Lines was recognized as the Second-Best Airline.3


SAFETY: Eighty percent of those living in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul area say they feel safe walking alone at night in the area where they live, the highest percentage among the 50 largest U.S. metropolitan areas.4


BUSINESS: Minnesota is home to 19 Fortune 500 Companies, including UnitedHealth, Target and Best Buy, 5 providing partnership opportunities and access to industry experts.

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Cheapflights Travel Blog, March 2013 | 2 Wall Street Journal, February 2013 |, February 2013 | 4, April 2013 | 5 Fortune, 2012.



Minneapolis is the only Amerian city where natural and urban drama share a single stage.


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FANTASY COMEDY CAMP Go behind the scenes, brainstorming with Brave New Workshop (BNW) actors using improvisation techniques. Experience comedy sketch development just like it happens at BNW, Saturday Night Live or Second City.


INTRO TO STAGE COMBAT Learn the secrets of stage combat from an experienced Guthrie teaching artist. Slap, punch and kick without hurting anyone - just like actors do it on stage!


GLASS BLOWING Experience the fine art of forming molten glass into a brilliant glass piece. Let a glass artist guide you through this experience of creating an unique keepsake.


AROUND THE WORLD Tour behind the scenes of the Midtown Global Market, where you’ll experience and taste the diverse culinary community of Minneapolis. Shops and restaurants are plentiful in this midtown gem.


TREASURES OF THE PRINTS AND DRAWINGS ROOM View rare prints and drawings, including the Nuremberg Chronicle, at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts in this behind-the-scenes adventure.


EXPLORING THE GORGE The Mississippi River Gorge in the Twin Cities area is the only true gorge along the entire Mississippi River. Explore the gorge that was formed as St. Anthony Falls migrated slowly upriver.



 Approximately a three-hour flight from most U.S. cities  13 commercial passenger airlines  Two convenient terminals  MSP connects Minneapolis to nearly 800 cities in 120 countries  A hub of Delta Air Lines



MSP International Airport is located just 12 miles south of downtown Minneapolis. MSP services over 1,000 daily nonstop arrivals and departures from 20 international and 132 domestic cities.

Seattle 2:45

Boston 2:43

Portland 2:48 Chicago 1:03 Denver 1:30

San Francisco 3:06 Los Angeles 3:04

Detroit 1:27

New York 2:30 Washington D.C. 2:09

St. Louis 1:09

Phoenix 2:38 Atlanta 2:07 Dallas 1:56

In 2012, Travel + Leisure magazine named Minneapolis/St. Paul airport the #1 Airport in the USA, based on connections throughout the country, ease of immigration, services, shopping and restaurants.

New Orleans 2:20

Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport is approximately three hours from all continental U.S. non-stop destinations. Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics, May 2013



METRO SYSTEM The METRO connects downtown Minneapolis with the MSP International Airport and Mall of America. It conveniently serves several stations, including downtown’s Warehouse District and Target Field. Fully-automated ticket machines accept major credit cards.

SKYWAYS Downtown Minneapolis has a unique skyway system - the largest of its kind in the world - located a floor above street level offering enclosed travel between buildings. More than eight miles of glass-enclosed walkways connect hotels, shopping centers, sports and entertainment venues, restaurants and parking ramps. Visitors can leave their umbrellas in their hotel rooms and walk in climate-controlled comfort.



MPI WEC 2014