April 28, 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 Toledo. At a virtual roundtable hosted by the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC) and Cargill and led by Dan Glickman, former Secretary of Agriculture and senior advisor to USGLC, over a dozen participants from the Toledo 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 Ohio and around the world.
Here’s what some of these leaders had to say:
Ohio has an active State Advisory Committee of more than 200 business, faith, military, government, and community leaders committed to strong investments in U.S. global engagement to help keep America safe and strengthen Ohio’s economy. They include:
You can find a full list of Ohio’s State Advisory Committee members here: https://www.usglc.org/downloads/advisory-committees/OH-Advisory-Committee.pdf
The numbers speak for themselves. The strength of America’s global connections directly impact the Ohio economy and local jobs:
Ohio leaders are highlighting the importance of global engagement and its impacts on the state. Nan Whaley, Mayor of Dayton, proclaimed March 10, 2021 as Global Engagement Day to celebrate and raise awareness of the many ways that Dayton and the state of Ohio are connected with the rest of the world.
Angelia Erbaugh, President of the Dayton Region Manufacturers Association and a member of USGLC’s Ohio Advisory Committee, wrote on the importance of this proclamation and of Ohio’s global engagement efforts in a recent USGLC blog: Global Engagement Day: Celebrating Dayton’s Connection to the World.
Three Ohio 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.