"Connecting Minnesota Cultures"
The Land of 10,000 Lakes, the Minnesota Miracle, hunting, fishing, Minnesota Nice, Bob Dylan,
exceptional quality of life, excellence in education, hockey, arts, and winter activities. These are some
of the many thoughts and images that come to mind for Minnesotans, and people from around the
world, when they think of Minnesota.
But there is a backbone to all of these elements that has allowed Minnesotans to enjoy these
wonderful assets: a strong base of corporate success, founded first on utilizing Minnesota’s natural
resources, and later on the ingenuity and work ethic of its people. Starting with agriculture,
logging, and mining in the early 1900s, Minnesota has continued to grow its economy by
expanding and complementing these industries to meet the ever-changing needs of the
United States, and global economies.
3M, Best Buy, Carlson Companies, Cargill, General Mills, Medtronic, and Target are just a few examples of
local companies that are thriving well-outside Minnesota’s borders. A common thread of their success is
the ability to compete in the global market. India, China, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines,
Vietnam and other Asian countries have joined Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan, as major players in the
global economy, and will continue to grow as the cost of doing business worldwide decreases.
After many years of utilizing our corporate success to create a wonderful place for over five million
people to call home, we need to develop new concepts and embrace new ideas to provide a
competitive advantage for our business community. One such concept is the Asian Pacific Cultural
• APCC will be a tremendous asset for the business community as a cultural resource to learn
about, and better understand, Minnesota’s new global business and trading partners.
• APCC will help Minnesota businesses continue to recruit, and retain, the best and brightest minds
from around the world, to work in Minnesota.
• APCC will provide opportunities to use Minnesota’s growing diversity as an asset for business
development and growth.
• APCC will provide a competitive advantage to Minnesota businesses seeking to conduct business
face-to-face with the growing Asian business markets.
• APCC will send the message to Minnesota’s growing Asian population that they are important to the
future success of our state, and we expect their contributions to our economy to continue to grow.
The Asian Pacific Cultural Center is an opportunity for Minnesota to continue to be a leader in
business, arts and culture, quality of life, and education. Making APCC a reality for the community is
a decision that will reap countless benefits for our state. The time to act is now.
Adeel Lari A. William Sands