America’s Heartland beats strongly throughout the world

Whether feeding the hungry, exporting life-saving vaccines, or creating new jobs through global economic engagement, America’s Heartland is building a better, safer, more prosperous world.

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We are grateful for the leadership and generous support from our friends at Cargill for the Heartland Initiative. One of America’s truly great companies, Cargill has brought food, agricultural, financial, and industrial products to people who need them throughout the world for 155 years.

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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 exporting life-saving vaccines—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

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.

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

How the Global Chip Shortage Affects Heartland Businesses, Workers, and Jobs

Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio

If there was any doubt that we live in an interconnected world that is reliant on the international exchange of goods, services, and ideas — the past 18 months have put those doubts to rest. One of the most acute ways in which COVID-19 has shown that what happens globally matters locally is the global shortage of semiconductor chips

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Northeast Ohio Leaders Helping Afghan Refugees Reach Safety

Ohio

Leaders in Northeast Ohio are taking the Afghan crisis into their own hands. Ohio Advisory Committee members, Ambassador Jennifer Brush and Global Ties Akron Executive Director, Michelle Wilson, have teamed up to assist Afghan refugees with evacuation and resettlement.

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Heartland Mayors Issue Proclamation for U.S. Heartland Global Leadership Day

Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Wisconsin
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Latest News & Press

June 02, 2021

USGLC Virtual Town Hall with Rep. Jan Schakowsky Highlights How Investments in America’s Global Leadership Combat COVID-19 and Support Local Health, Economy, and National Security

Illinois

May 21, 2021

Susan Brooks Named Co-Chair of Indiana Advisory Committee

Indiana

May 20, 2021

Former Congresswoman Susan Brooks Takes Leadership Role on the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition’s Indiana Advisory Committee

Indiana

May 19, 2021

Virtual Roundtable Recap: Global Partnerships, Local Impact in Cedar Rapids, IA

Iowa

May 06, 2021

USGLC Virtual Town Hall with Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi Highlights How Investments in America’s Global Leadership Combat COVID-19, Support Local Health, Economy, and National Security

Illinois

April 28, 2021

Virtual Roundtable Recap: Global Partnerships, Local Impact in Toledo, OH

Ohio

Past Events

2021 USGLC Heartland Summit

September 28, 2021 12:00 pm ET

Virtual Heartland Summit

What’s it Worth? The Impact of Diplomacy and Development on Minnesota, A Virtual Town Hall with Rep. Tom Emmer

August 10, 2021 1:30 pm CT

Virtual Town Hall

Featured Speaker

Representative Tom Emmer

U.S. House of Representatives

What’s It Worth? The Impact of Diplomacy and Development on Kansas: A Town Hall with Senator Jerry Moran

July 20, 2021 1:00 pm CT

Virtual Town Hall

Featured Speaker

A Roadmap for Global Leadership with Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky

June 2, 2021 12:00 pm CT

Virtual Town Hall

Featured Speaker

Representative Jan Schakowsky

U.S. House of Representatives