In February, Global Minnesota’s Professional Exchange program hosted 16 young European leaders from 14 different countries. These impressive emerging professionals learned about a wide variety of current U.S. social, political, and economic issues and discussed ways to resolve similar issues in their home countries and communities. They met with Austin, Minnesota community leaders and engaged in a series bi-partisan meetings with Rep. DeMuth & Rep. Finke and of the Minnesota State House and Senator Duckworth of the Minnesota State Senate. The ideas exchanged showed how common ground can be found to create communities that are welcoming and prosperous.

Check out photos and local media coverage of this important international exchange visit.

Participant Bios

Thanks to the U.S. State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program for their support in facilitating this program. 

European leaders receive a Minnesota-welcome lesson — KAAL TV News

European leaders stop in Austin to learn diversity strategies — KIMT TV News

A chance to exchange ideas, European leaders visit Austin — Austin Daily Herald


Former Austin, MN mayor with European leaders


Austin Superintendent of Schools, Educators, and Administrators


German Councilman Nasser Ahmed at the Spam Museum in Austin


European leaders with Global Minnesota Corporate Member Hormel


International visitors with House Minority Leader Lisa DeMuth and House Representative Leigh Finke


State Senator Zach Duckworth speaking with European leaders at the Minnesota State Capitol