Summit on U.S. Heartland

Above: The dozen participants in the Sept. 20 “summit” on America’s heartland include (clockwise from upper left) author Brian Alexander; Elisabeth Buck of United Way of Central Iowa; Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana; Amy Johnson, CEO of Lifeloop; Mick Cornett, former mayor of Oklahoma City; and AOL founder Steve Case.

The cultural magazine The Atlantic will present a dozen community leaders from several states in a public conference on the health of America’s heartland in Des Moines Thursday, Sept. 20.

The magazine’s rationale: From Appalachia to the great plains, the Heartland is the backbone of America, providing the products we use, the food we eat, and the energy that helps make America what it is.The Heartland often finds itself overlooked as resources and attention are paid to the large and growing urban areas from coast to coast. The Atlantic will gather policy makers, business and community leaders for an in-depth conversation on what the future holds for the middle of America. From education and the economy to agriculture and manufacturing, what does the societal future look like and how are communities working to provide opportunity for all?

The Heartland Summit will be from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Curate, an assembly hall at 322 E. Court Ave. Panelists will include mayors plus business and civic leaders—among them, Brian Alexander, author of “Glass House: The 1% Economy and the Shattering of the All-American Town,” and Elisabeth Buck, president of United Way of Central Iowa. For a list of speakers and details, including registration to attend, click here.

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