A Thanks for Taking Back the Heartland

The Heartland Network took part in a remarkable 18-month road show through midwest manufacturing cities-connected to a research collaborative--about the state of the economy, one decade after the onset of the Great Recession. We heard from 500 local stakeholders who talked about the continuing anger and distress of workers and citizens in communities left behind. But they also called for new, sustainable industrial investment policies to retrain and re-employ workers in higher wage jobs, revitalize Heartland cities and rebuild America.

We adopted a set of bottoms-up best practices as the fountainhead for this new innovative strategy and on September 13th shared this framework with 150 guests in Washington D.C., as well as the leadership of the new Congress. Our keynote speakers Vice President Joe Biden and New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand kicked off a set of panels that articulated this new vision. Please take some time to review Century's Amanda Novello's final re-cap of the capstone conference. Also check out these comprehensive strategies Revitalizing America's Manufacturing Communities and A Federal Agenda for Revitalizing America's Manufacturing Communities. You'll also find a recap video on the Voices of the Heartland.

Thanks to President Mark Zuckerman; Jeff Madrick, Director of the Bernard L. Schwartz Rediscovering Government Initiative (RGI), Andy Stettner, Senior Fellow, and the talented team at the Century Foundation for leading this long-overdue initiative, and to the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), the AFL-CIO Industrial Union Council (IUC), the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM), the Urban Manufacturing Alliance (UMA), Blue Green Alliance (BGA), PNC Bank, the Joyce Foundation and many local partners for getting this show on the road! And thanks to all of you who participated and helped us dive into this worthy endeavor. We also want to wish all of you a peaceful and hopeful Thanksgiving.

America's working families need our help. We will be working with the new Congress, new Governors and new state legislators to ensure that help is on the way.

We also want to wish all of you a peaceful and hopeful Thanksgiving in these trying times.

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