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Major upcoming events promise to deliver visitors — and their wallets — to Minnesota

It may be the dead of winter now, but come summer Minnesota will be abloom with major meetings and events, each making a significant impact on the local economy. That's especially true in the Twin Cities. We asked Meet Minneapolis, that city's convention and visitors association, to highlight some upcoming events and provide an estimate on their economic impact. Of course, such confabs do more than bring visitors and their wallets to the area — they also highlight Minnesota's suitability for even more meetings and conventions.

Girls' Junior National Championships, USA Volleyball: June 24 to July 3
This sporting event will draw 9,500 athletes and more than 20,000 spectators. USA Volleyball is the national governing body for the sport of volleyball in the United States. Economic impact: $60 million.

2014 All-Star Game, Major League Baseball: July 15
This event includes much more than the game itself. Entertainment during the surrounding week includes the MLB Fan Fest at the Minneapolis Convention Center and the Home Run Derby at Target Field. Economic impact: $75 million.

140th Imperial Session, Shriners International: July 6-10
This annual meeting will draw about 9,000 attendees. Shriners is a "brotherhood of men committed to family, engaged in ongoing personal growth, and dedicated to providing care for children and families in need." Economic impact: $35 million.

World Education Congress, Meeting Professionals International: August 2-5
With some 3,000 meeting professionals expected to attend, this event (the largest educational gathering of meeting and event professionals in the world) will put Minneapolis on the map as an ideal spot for meetings and conventions of all types. Economic impact: $5 million.

2014 Legislative Summit, National Conference of State Legislatures: August 19-22
About 4,500 attendees are expected to attend this politically significant event, where legislators and staff come together from across the aisle to solve critical problems and build strong states. Economic impact: $10 million.

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