Says Leung, “we have great cities-large and small, we have artists and local musicians who are getting more and more connected every day, amazing growers and producers who send their wares north and entrepreneurs are starting to become the norm and not the exception.”
Recognizing the myriad of regional offerings, Leung adds, “we are a vibrant, integral and pretty great part of Minnesota.and I think this area is full of rock stars; the understated Minnesota-kind, much like the rock stars that put Austin, Texas on the map for South by Southwest.We are a yearlong "festival" with a lot of dedication and the traditional Minnesota self-effacing culture that never lets us seem to get too "wild.” Yet wild we are, in our own Midwestern way!”
Congratulations to the People's Choice winner and thank you to everyone that submitted a name and/or voted in the contest!
The "Name our Region" contest will launch and accept entries beginning March 1st, 2018. Submissions will be collected and will advance to the "judges circle;" a group of regional influence's from both the private and public sectors. The Judge's Circle participants will be announced in April. The circle will narrow down the entries to the top three.
Three finalists will be revealed on May 15th, 2018 for a final round of online voting by the public.
The submission with the most votes will be tallied and the winner of the "People's Choice" will be announced June 1st, 2018 and will win a cash prize of $500.00.
The "People's Choice" regional name will be used in the creation of shared supplemental marketing collateral.