Minnesota’s clean energy track was led by International Trade Specialist Nate Long, who works out of Minnesota’s Trade Office which is housed within the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). Nate has been carefully planning this trip for the last 6 months. Now his job is even harder: corralling a group of 10+ disparate business, tribal and trade and nonprofit organizational leaders who love to talk.
Our 1.5 hour flight from Sydney to Melbourne is on time. Before we board we have time for some of Australia’s famous coffee and croissants before boarding our flight. As soon as we land in Melbourne’s western airport, a bus picks us up and takes us to the city of Geelong (pronounced Ja-long) where we head to our first stop: the Victorian Big Battery project.