February 18, 2021
Today, a 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 Jefferson City. At a virtual roundtable hosted by the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC) and Cargill, over a dozen participants from the Jefferson City 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 Missouri 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, “Missouri has a rich agricultural tradition, growing everything from corn to cotton to cattle and leading research to solve global food needs at institutions like Lincoln University, University of Missouri, and Danforth Center in St Louis. These contributions are even more important during a global pandemic when millions of people near and far are at risk of hunger and starvation. Which is why strengthening America’s development and diplomacy programs are vitally important for Missouri. These programs not only help support thousands of jobs and sustain the economy at home, but contribute to greater food security and nutrition quality across the state and around the world.”
Missouri has an active State Advisory Committee of more than 60 business, faith, military, government, and community leaders committed to strong investments in U.S. global engagement to help keep America safe and strengthen Missouri’s economy. They include:
You can find a full list of Missouri’s State Advisory Committee members here: https://www.usglc.org/downloads/advisory-committees/MO-Advisory-Committee.pdf
The numbers speak for themselves. The strength of America’s global connections directly impact the Missouri economy and local jobs:
Two Missouri 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.