America’s Heartland beats strongly throughout the world

Whether feeding the hungry, exporting to every corner of the globe, or creating new jobs through global economic engagement, America’s Heartland is building a better, safer, more prosperous world.

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Thursday, June 29, 2023

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Protecting our national security, advancing our economic interests, and projecting the best of American values

Whether it is addressing global hunger, providing critical supplies to those in need, or creating new jobs, the Heartland heals the world. Explore the stories here to learn what America’s global leadership means to the Heartland.

Illinois

With a strong and growing coalition in Illinois for more than 5 years, the USGLC works to educate and engage policymakers and community leaders on why investments in development and diplomacy help keep America safe and strengthen Illinois’s economy.

The USGLC’s Illinois Advisory Committee brings together more than 130 business, faith, non-profit, and political leaders who understand how American global leadership matters for Illinois. We’re also proud of Illinois’s Veterans for Smart Power – part of a nationwide network of 30,000 veterans.

Indiana

With a strong and growing coalition in Indiana, the USGLC works to educate and engage policymakers and community leaders on why investments in development and diplomacy help keep America safe and strengthen Indiana’s economy.

The USGLC’s Indiana Advisory Committee brings together more than 140 business, faith, non-profit, and political leaders who understand how American global leadership matters for Indiana. We’re also proud of Indiana’s Veterans for Smart Power – part of a nationwide network of 30,000 veterans.

Iowa

With a strong and growing coalition in Iowa, the USGLC works to educate and engage policymakers and community leaders on why investments in development and diplomacy help keep America safe and strengthen Iowa’s economy.

The USGLC’s Iowa Advisory Committee brings together more than 100 business, faith, non-profit, and political leaders who understand how American global leadership matters for Iowa. We’re also proud of Iowa’s Veterans for Smart Power – part of a nationwide network of 30,000 veterans.

Kansas

With a strong and growing coalition in Kansas, the USGLC works to educate and engage policymakers and community leaders on why investments in development and diplomacy help keep America safe and strengthen Kansas’s economy.

The USGLC’s Kansas Advisory Committee brings together more than 80 business, faith, non-profit, and political leaders who understand how American global leadership matters for Kansas. We’re also proud of Kansas’s Veterans for Smart Power – part of a nationwide network of 30,000 veterans.

Michigan

With a strong and growing coalition in Michigan, the USGLC works to educate and engage policymakers and community leaders on why investments in development and diplomacy help keep America safe and strengthen Michigan’s economy.

The USGLC’s Michigan Advisory Committee brings together more than 80 business, faith, non-profit, and political leaders who understand how American global leadership matters for Michigan. We’re also proud of Michigan’s Veterans for Smart Power – part of a nationwide network of 30,000 veterans.

Minnesota

With a strong and growing coalition in Minnesota for more than 5 years, the USGLC works to educate and engage policymakers and community leaders on why investments in development and diplomacy help keep America safe and strengthen Minnesota’s economy.

The USGLC’s Minnesota Advisory Committee brings together more than 80 business, faith, non-profit, and political leaders who understand how American global leadership matters for Minnesota. We’re also proud of Minnesota’s Veterans for Smart Power – part of a nationwide network of 30,000 veterans.

Missouri

With a strong and growing coalition in Missouri, the USGLC works to educate and engage policymakers and community leaders on why investments in development and diplomacy help keep America safe and strengthen Missouri’s economy.

The USGLC’s Missouri Advisory Committee brings together more than 60 business, faith, non-profit, and political leaders who understand how American global leadership matters for Missouri. We’re also proud of Missouri’s Veterans for Smart Power – part of a nationwide network of 30,000 veterans.

Nebraska

With a strong and growing coalition in Nebraska, the USGLC works to educate and engage policymakers and community leaders on why investments in development and diplomacy help keep America safe and strengthen Nebraska’s economy.

The USGLC’s Nebraska Advisory Committee brings together more than 90 business, faith, non-profit, and political leaders who understand how American global leadership matters for Nebraska. We’re also proud of Nebraska’s Veterans for Smart Power – part of a nationwide network of 30,000 veterans.

North Dakota

With a strong and growing coalition in North Dakota for more than 5 years, the USGLC works to educate and engage policymakers and community leaders on why investments in development and diplomacy help keep America safe and strengthen North Dakota’s economy.

The USGLC’s North Dakota Advisory Committee brings together more than 50 business, faith, non-profit, and political leaders who understand how American global leadership matters for North Dakota. We’re also proud of North Dakota’s Veterans for Smart Power – part of a nationwide network of 30,000 veterans.

Ohio

With a strong and growing coalition in Ohio for close to a decade, the USGLC works to educate and engage policymakers and community leaders on why investments in development and diplomacy help keep America safe and strengthen Ohio’s economy.

The USGLC’s Ohio Advisory Committee brings together more than 200 business, faith, non-profit, and political leaders who understand how American global leadership matters for Ohio. We’re also proud of Ohio’s Veterans for Smart Power – part of a nationwide network of 30,000 veterans.

South Dakota

With a new and growing coalition in South Dakota, the USGLC works to educate and engage policymakers and community leaders on why investments in development and diplomacy help keep America safe and strengthen South Dakota’s economy.

The USGLC’s South Dakota Advisory Committee brings together business, faith, non-profit, military, and political leaders who understand how American global leadership matters for South Dakota.

Wisconsin

With a strong and growing coalition in Wisconsin for more than 5 years, the USGLC works to educate and engage policymakers and community leaders on why investments in development and diplomacy help keep America safe and strengthen Wisconsin’s economy.

The USGLC’s Wisconsin Advisory Committee brings together more than 120 business, faith, non-profit, and political leaders who understand how American global leadership matters for Wisconsin. We’re also proud of Wisconsin’s Veterans for Smart Power – part of a nationwide network of 30,000 veterans.

  • "From my perspective from the tractor seat… foreign aid and what’s it worth, you can’t put a price on it."

    Kent Winter

    Kansas Grain Sorghum

  • “Foreign aid means that we’re helping to create jobs here at home in the Heartland of America.”

    Fay Beydoun

    American Arab Chamber of Commerce

  • “I am a very strong advocate of the foreign affairs budget… It means me or my children not having to deploy to a conflict zone.”

    Bernie Stone

    President, Strategic Scouts Consulting

  • “When we invest in children, we’re creating a safer society and giving children opportunities to make the world a safer place for all of us.”

    Erika Camarillo

    Bethany Christian Services

Stories from the Heartland

Black History Month Profiles of USGLC State Leaders

Maine, Ohio

This month, in celebration of Black History Month, we are shining a spotlight on two of our Advisory Committee members, the impactful work they are carrying out in their communities, and why leading globally matters locally.

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From Dayton to the World: Unveiling the City’s Global Network

Ohio
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Hastings, Nebraska: A Catalyst for Global Connections

Nebraska
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Latest News & Press

September 07, 2023

Rep. Kelly Armstrong, Local and National Leaders Speak Out on What U.S. Global Engagement is Worth to North Dakota 

North Dakota

June 30, 2023

USGLC Convenes Senator Joni Ernst, Representatives Debbie Dingell and Haley Stevens, Mayor Bob Scott, Commissioner Jonathan Kinloch, Fmr. Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman, Cargill’s Michael Wagner, Google’s Marcus Jadotte, and others at the 2023 Heartland Summit

Iowa

March 16, 2023

Rep. Brad Wenstrup Speaks Out on What U.S. Global Engagement is Worth to Ohio

Ohio

March 10, 2023

Former Representative Brenda Lawrence to Co-Chair Michigan Advisory Committee of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition

Michigan

February 16, 2023

U.S. Representative Joyce Beatty to Discuss U.S. National Security, Ohio Jobs at Foreign Policy Town Hall with Leaders from McDonald’s, Cargill, and Franklin University

Ohio

August 30, 2022

Amid global food insecurity, what is U.S. global leadership worth to Minnesota?

Minnesota

Past Events

Invite-only | America’s Global Leadership: Growing Opportunity for Nebraska

July 19, 2024 12:00 pm CT

Featured Speaker

Ann Vaughan

U.S. Agency for International Development

Featured Speaker

Peter McCornick

University of Nebraska

National Security and the 3D Approach in Westerville, Ohio

May 10, 2024 12:00 pm ET

Featured Speaker

Lt. General Christopher F. Burne

U.S. Air Force (Ret.)

Invite-only | America’s Global Leadership: What’s It Worth to Illinois?

May 10, 2024 11:30 am CT

Featured Speaker

Representative Brad Schneider

(IL-10)

Featured Speaker

Vice Admiral Carol M. Pottenger

Featured Speaker

Anne Murphy

Cargill

Featured Speaker

Catherine Mellor

UPS

Featured Speaker

Mimi Rodman

Chicago Union Cares Inc

National Security and the 3D Approach in Dayton, Ohio

May 9, 2024 12:00 pm ET

Featured Speaker

Lt. General Christopher F. Burne

U.S. Air Force (Ret.)