March 9, 2021
Today, a Zoom room full of elected officials, community leaders, and business and non-profit executives agreed—America’s agriculture and international affairs programs play a critical role for communities like Anderson. At a virtual roundtable hosted by the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC) and Cargill, a dozen participants from the Anderson area discussed the local impact of these global programs, including how they strengthen American global leadership and help to create jobs, feed the hungry, and reduce poverty across Indiana and around the world.
Here’s what some of these leaders had to say:
The conversation was led by Dan Glickman, former Secretary of Agriculture and senior advisor to USGLC: “As I learned in my years of public service, it is important for America to lead in the world because it strengthens our country, helps our economy at home, and protects our national security. Agriculture and education both feed into that. As one of the country’s great agricultural states, Indiana exports everything from grains to livestock to specialty crops—and if we didn’t have the export markets we do, we wouldn’t have a vital revenue source for Indiana farmers and businesses and the economy. With world-class colleges and universities like Purdue University and Anderson University, the ability to bring in international students is a major boost to Indiana’s economy, while also helping to spread our American values, strengthen our global ties, and make us a positive, relevant force in the world.”
Indiana has an active State Advisory Committee of more than 140 business, faith, military, government, and community leaders committed to strong investments in U.S. global engagement to help keep America safe and strengthen Indiana’s economy. They include:
You can find a full list of Indiana’s State Advisory Committee members here: https://www.usglc.org/downloads/advisory-committees/IN-Advisory-Committee.pdf
The numbers speak for themselves. The strength of America’s global connections directly impact the Indiana economy and local jobs:
Eight Indiana professionals were recently selected to join nearly 100 other young leaders from 33 states as part in the USGLC’s inaugural Next Gen Leaders Network. Through this year-long program, participants will receive leadership and advocacy training, interact with policymakers and opinion leaders, and draw connections between U.S. global engagement and their own communities:
Liz Schrayer, USGLC President and CEO: “[T]his next generation is truly our future. Instead of seeing borders, they see solutions by working with partners around the world on issues like climate, hunger, global health and so many others that matter to American kitchen table issues. By investing in them, we are building a new cadre of advocates ready to educate policymakers about why leading globally matters locally.”
The U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (www.usglc.org) is a broad-based influential network of 500 businesses and NGOs; national security and foreign policy experts; and business, faith-based, academic, military, and community leaders in all 50 states who support strategic investments to elevate development and diplomacy alongside defense in order to build a better, safer world.