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 2020, Minnesota exported
$20.1 billion
in goods to foreign markets.

In Minnesota,
755,900 jobs (19.90%)
are supported by trade.

In 2018-2019,
8,716 students
in Minnesota studied abroad.

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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

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

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News & Press Related 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

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

America’s Role in the World: Why Leading Globally Matters to Minnesota

January 23, 2020 12:30 pm

Featured Speaker

U.S. House of Representatives

Featured Speaker

Lt. Gen. John Castellaw

Marine Corps (Ret.)

Featured Speaker

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

May 4, 2018 8:00 am

Hyatt Regency

Featured Speaker

Senator Amy Klobuchar

U.S. Senate

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Nezar Jamal

Midwest Outreach Director