March 10, 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 Milwaukee. At a virtual roundtable hosted by the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC) and Cargill, a dozen participants from the Milwaukee 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 Wisconsin and around the world.
Here’s what some of these leaders had to say:
The conversation was led by Alex Grant, USGLC’s Director, Heartland Initiative, who said “As we’ve seen in Milwaukee and other cities across the U.S., mayors and other local elected officials have become like diplomats in recent years—whether it’s engaging with their Sister Cities or making agreements with other countries, like trade deals and climate commitments. They help make the case that foreign policy is domestic policy, and that global connections can have a significant impact on local communities, from supporting jobs to boosting their economies. It’s not often thought of that way, but it’s critical that local leaders are stepping up and taking action.”
Wisconsin has an active State Advisory Committee of more than 120 business, faith, military, government, and community leaders committed to strong investments in U.S. global engagement to help keep America safe and strengthen Wisconsin’s economy. They include:
You can find a full list of Wisconsin’s State Advisory Committee members here: https://www.usglc.org/downloads/advisory-committees/WI-Advisory-Committee.pdf
The numbers speak for themselves. The strength of America’s global connections directly impact the Wisconsin economy and local jobs:
Four Wisconsin 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.