As a follow on to the Minnesota delegation visit to Norway to meet with business and Parliament the MN MIT and Harvard Clubs hosted several Norwegian debates to Minnesota. The reception was held at Marquette Place and in attendance included the Mayor of Telemark, Mr. Terje Riis Johansen ( former Minister of Petroleum and Energy.). The Telemark region is developing a business and higher education strategy that focuses exclusively on the Midwest (Minnesota and North Dakota). Partnerships around business, research, and education are being explored. A larger delegation of Minnesota representatives is being planned for late summer of 2015.