San Francisco Chronicle – Schwarzenegger to pitch Bay Area World Expo

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Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will make a pitch for the Bay Area to host the world’s fair in 2020 when he visits the Shanghai World Expo later this week, The Chronicle has learned.

Schwarzenegger, scheduled to depart Thursday for a six-day trip to China, plans to attend the exposition in Shanghai and will meet with event leaders to sell the idea of hosting the world exhibition in Silicon Valley, said Aaron McLear, the governor’s spokesman.

“That’s a large part of why we’re going (to the expo),” McLear said. “The governor’s going to give his pitch that they should look at” the Bay Area.

The governor will be joined in China by leaders of the Bay Area Council, a business advocacy organization that will spearhead the effort for a national bid.

The World Expo, formerly known as the World’s Fair, is governed by the Bureau International des Expositions in Paris. The Expo 2010 Shanghai has attracted nearly 50 million visitors since it opened 132 days ago. It continues through the end of October.

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