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.

  • “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

Top Facts

In 2020, Michigan exported
$44.0 billion
in goods to foreign markets.

In Michigan,
1,105,400 jobs (19.30%)
are supported by trade.

In 2018-2019,
11,520 students
in Michigan studied abroad.

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Advisory Committee

Hendrik “Hank” G. Meijer
Meijer Inc. Executive Chairman

Stories from Michigan

America’s Heartland & Investing in Global Food Security and Nutrition


Across all three states, there was a clear understanding that nutrition is key to a child’s development; that healthy children lead better lives. Long-term, we know health children are able to develop into stronger adults who contribute to the development of their communities, economies, and countries.

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


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

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News & Press Related to Michigan

January 22, 2021

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


April 18, 2019

Kalamazoo Area Leaders Learn How Global Leadership Matters Locally


April 18, 2019

Rep. Fred Upton to 125 Kalamazoo Leaders: American Diplomacy, Foreign Assistance Crucial to Michigan’s Economy, U.S. National Security


April 03, 2019

Senator Levin, Governor Snyder and Hendrik Meijer Lead Michigan Effort to Strengthen U.S. Leadership Overseas


Past Events

Virtual Town Hall with Rep. Peter Meijer

April 27, 2022 10:00 am ET

Featured Speaker

U.S. House of Representatives

2021 USGLC Heartland Summit

September 28, 2021 12:00 pm ET

Virtual Heartland Summit

America’s Role in the World: Why Leading Globally Matters for Michigan

April 18, 2019 12:00 pm

Western Michigan University

Featured Speaker

Representative Fred Upton

U.S. House of Representatives

Featured Speaker

Lieutenant General John Campbell

U.S. Air Force (Ret.)

Get in touch with us!

Nezar Jamal

Midwest Outreach Director