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.

  • I help to ensure that the raw materials for a Minnesota-based manufacturer are ethically and sustainably sourced. It's a good reminder that "the global" is always around us, and that the way we spend our money as consumers has consequences for families and communities across the world. 

    Jonah Simonds

    Medtronic, Inc.

  • Minnesota-based companies such as 3M and General Mills depend upon global markets to provide jobs and investment opportunities to Minnesota communities.

    Nicholas Hayen

    United Language Group & Minnesota International NGO Network (MINN)

  • Robust international affairs programs improve the lives of Americans at home and support the safety of those living abroad, which are two benefits that Minnesotans like me can’t afford to give up.

    Catherine Bruns

    University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

  • In agriculture, global and local are inherently connected. As someone who comes from a family of farmers and works to support farmers every day at Land O’Lakes, I care deeply about the future of agriculture both here in Minnesota and around the world.

    Laura Schmidt

    Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Top Facts

In 2022, Minnesota exported
$24.9 billion
in goods to foreign markets.

In Minnesota,
748,100 jobs (19.60%)
are supported by trade.

From 2022-2023,
14,321 international students
were enrolled in Minnesota colleges and universities.

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Advisory Committee

Hon. Norm Coleman
U.S. Senate (2003-2009) and USGLC Board Member
Beth Ford
President & CEO of Land O’Lakes, Inc. and USGLC Board Member

Stories from Minnesota

What They’re Saying in the Heartland: COP27 and America’s Global Climate Leadership

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U.S. Heartland Global Leadership Day

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What They’re Saying in the Heartland: Next Generation of Local Leaders Travel to DC to Advocate for A Globally Engaged America

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News & Press Related to Minnesota

August 30, 2022

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


January 22, 2021

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


January 23, 2020

Rep. Dean Phillips to 150+ Local Leaders: American Diplomacy, Foreign Assistance Crucial to Minnesota’s Economy, U.S. National Security


August 04, 2016

Representative Emmer, General Hagee, 200+ Minnesota Leaders Urge U.S. Engagement Overseas


July 07, 2014

The Business of Building a Better World


August 21, 2008

Center for U.S. Global Engagement Hosts Premiere Foreign Policy Forums at Democratic and Republican Conventions


Past Events

Farmers For Prosperity Invite-Only Roundtable in Twin Cities

November 8, 2023 9:00 am CT

Featured Speaker

Thom Petersen

Minnesota Roundtable with Travis Adkins, African Development Foundation

August 12, 2022 12:00 am CT

Featured Speaker

U.S. African Development Foundation

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

Get in touch with us!

Eric Moorer

Director, Heartland Region