April 7, 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 Hazleton. At a virtual roundtable hosted by the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC) and Cargill, over a dozen participants from the Hazleton 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 Pennsylvania 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, who said, “American engagement in the world is important for peace, security, and stability. If we disengage, it opens the door for other countries to take our place. We don’t need to dominate the world, but we do need stay engaged in health, security, and humanitarian issues. It’s important for protecting our country, as well as our economy and jobs. In the United States, 1 out of every 3 jobs is related to our exports, and if we lose access to markets overseas, we lose a vital source of income. That’s true across the country, but especially here in Pennsylvania, where these global connections play a huge part in strengthening the economy.”
Pennsylvania has an active State Advisory Committee of more than 240 business, faith, military, government, and community leaders committed to strong investments in U.S. global engagement to help keep America safe and strengthen Pennsylvania’s economy. They include:
You can find a full list of Pennsylvania’s State Advisory Committee members here: https://www.usglc.org/downloads/advisory-committees/PA-Advisory-Committee.pdf
The numbers speak for themselves. The strength of America’s global connections directly impacts the Pennsylvania economy and local jobs:
Four Pennsylvania 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.