Economic Alliance Staff & Members Participate in Global Conversation
Jun 30, 2021
In May, Economic Alliance staff and members took part in an executive roundtable hosted by the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC) that included local business and government leaders. The moderated discussion featured Dan Glickman, former US Secretary of Agriculture and Kathryn Unger, Cargill’s Vice President of Government Relations, North America. The conversation centered around America’s role in the world and the local impact of international investments and diplomacy as a critical driver for Iowa’s economy, specifically agriculture.
Unger shared that since the outbreak of the pandemic, Cargill has spent nearly $35 million in global food drives and donated more than 4 million pounds of food around the world. For Cargill, global food security not only provides the company additional markets for their products, but also translates into global safety. Glickman noted that places around the world with food and water security tend to have the least fighting.
Iowa exported more than $13 billion worth of goods in 2019, much of which came from agri-businesses like Cargill. Iowa’s role in feeding the world spreads democratic goodwill that leads to prosperity for developing nations, drives economic development, creates jobs and alleviates global poverty and hunger.
The USGLC is a non-partisan and broad-based influential network of 500 businesses and non-governmental organizations (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 building a better, safer world.
Among other efforts, the USGLC briefs and educates Members of Congress, hosts opinion leaders & policy makers from around the world, hosts bipartisan dialogues on America’s role in the world, convenes candidate educational meetings and builds support with business, veteran & community leaders. The Economic Alliance and USGLC share the goal of promoting civil and collaborative debate at all levels of government and encouraging elected officials to work together with the focus of serving our communities. Both the Economic Alliance’s Doug Neumann, Executive Director, and Barbra Solberg, Public Policy Strategist, serve on USGLC’s Iowa Advisory Committee.