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.

  • “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

  • Foreign aid is a powerful demonstration of America’s leadership in the world.

    Kurt Meyer

    Meyer Consulting

Top Facts

In 2020, Iowa exported
$12.6 billion
in goods to foreign markets.

In Iowa,
412,800 jobs (19.80%)
are supported by trade.

In 2018-2019,
5,744 students
in Iowa studied abroad.

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Advisory Committee

Hon. Tom Harkin
U.S. Senate (1985 - 2015)
Hon. Tom Latham
U.S. House of Representatives (1995-2015)
Bob Myers
Chairman & CEO of Casey’s General Stores, Inc.

Stories from Iowa

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

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Welcome to the Heartland Hub


This brand new site will be your landing page USGLC’s activity in the Heartland. We’re thrilled to have this new platform where we can highlight these incredible stories, along with the multitude of activities in your state and opportunities to get engaged.

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Improve the landscape for trade and investment – from Iowa to Africa


In 1948, Gary Vermeer, a farmer in the central-Iowa town Pella settled by Dutch immigrants, developed a mechanical wagon hoist to ease the exhaustive job of unloading grain wagons. Upon encouragement from fellow farmers, Vermeer founded what is now Vermeer Corporation.

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News & Press Related to Iowa

May 19, 2021

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


January 22, 2021

USGLC Launches Next Gen Global Leaders Network and Welcomes Nearly 100 Young Professionals to the 2021 Inaugural Class


January 30, 2019

Veteran’s View: Don’t Pit Border Security Against Diplomacy, Foreign Aid


September 18, 2018

Iowa Veteran: It Takes More Than Our Military to Keep America Safe and Strong


June 16, 2018

Dubuque Mayor to Travel to D.C. for ‘State Leaders Summit’


May 18, 2017

American Leadership Abroad Provides Vital Benefits for Iowans


Past Events

2021 USGLC Heartland Summit

September 28, 2021 12:00 pm ET

Virtual Heartland Summit

Forum on America’s Global Leadership: What’s at Stake in 2016?

November 23, 2015 12:00 pm

Get in touch with us!

Zane Francescato

Central Outreach Manager