WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A northeast Nebraska mayor and the state's governor have individually issued proclamations declaring today as U.S. Heartland Global Leadership Day.

Norfolk Mayor Josh Moenning and Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts each issued the declarations, which each said underscore commitments to "America's global engagement bto advance the economic, health, and security interests of Nebraska families."

“It is impressive to see leaders like Gov. Ricketts and Mayor Moenning speak out in celebration of U.S. Heartland Global Leadership Day, but I am not surprised,” said Liz Schrayer, President and CEO of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition. “Gov. Ricketts and Mayor Moenning clearly understand that what happens globally matters locally here in Norfolk, Nebraska and across the Heartland, and that America’s investments in diplomacy and development are critical to advancing the health, economic, and security interests of our local communities. Citizens across the region can be proud of the rich history in making the world a better, safer place, and the contribution of America’s Heartland states.”

Gov. Ricketts and Mayor Moenning join over 35 mayors and governors in 11 states across the Heartland in celebrating August 30th as U.S. Heartland Global Leadership Day, as organized by the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition. 

Nebraska is globally connected with agricultural exports providing one-fourth of the state’s jobs, contributing $7.1 billion to the Nebraska economy.

U.S. Heartland Global Leadership Day coincides with USGLC’s 2022 Heartland Summit hosted in-person and virtually simultaneously on August 30 across three Heartland cities: Minnetonka, Minnesota; West Lafayette, Indiana; and Wichita, Kansas. 

The USGLC Heartland Summit takes place from 12:30PM – 3:00PM ET on Tuesday, August 30. The stream can be watched here.