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Update on EXPO Milano 2015

ABOVE: UK Pavilion.  Courtesy British Council.

Special Report by James Ogul

(April 17, 2015) — With the opening schedule May 1, just a few weeks away, construction on the Expo Site is proceeding at a frantic pace.  Reports indicate that the site of the showpiece event is still a mass of trucks raising dust and workers in hard hats racing to finish building after delays, graft and cost overruns.  This article provides a good summary of where things stand.

US Pavilion. Courtesy United States Department of State
US Pavilion. Courtesy United States Department of State

As for the U.S. Participation, its $50-$60 million dollar pavilion is in the last stages of preparation.  Charlie Faas the U.S. Pavilion’s CEO reports “The USA Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015 will be open for business on May1st when the overall Expo opens to the public.  It will be an amazing experience.”

There is high-level awareness too at the White House.  In Remarks by President Obama and Prime Minister Renzi of Italy in Joint Press Conference held today,  the President acknowledged the expo stating “When it comes to Italian lifestyle, I think that next year’s meeting in Milan at the Expo 2015 is going to be of utmost mportance.  We’re talking there about food, the environment, innovation, and that, of course, is all part of our way of living, and it will be a wonderful opportunity for Italy to host countries from all over the world.”

Since retiring from the US State Department in 2011 after a 30+ year career in world expos, James Ogul has remained on the scene in an advisory and consulting role. He writes regularly for InPark Magazine about world’s fairs.

Joe Kleiman
Joe Kleiman
Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, InPark's Senior Correspondent Joe Kleiman would expand his childhood loves into two decades as a projectionist and theater director within the giant screen industry. In addition to his work in commercial and museum operations, Joe has volunteered his time to animal husbandry at leading facilities in California and Texas and has played a leading management role for a number of performing arts companies. Joe previously served as News Editor and has remained a contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, The Planetarian, Behind the Thrills, and MiceChat His blog, takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @ThemesRenewed Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his wife, dog, and a ghost.

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