I know, I know, I haven’t written anything on the blog for a month now, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been active at all. In fact, a recent event I participated in helped to get the word out about the future of the “New American Heartland”.
As you can see above, this week I was privileged to take part in an event held at the City Club of Cleveland. The New American Heartland event featured presentations and discussions on the plight and prospects of Middle America, the vast swath of the nation generally bounded between the Appalachians and the Rockies, the Great Lakes and the Gulf of Mexico. J.D. Vance, author of the best-selling Hillbilly Elegy, A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, offered a keynote speech on where he sees Middle America is headed. It was followed by a presentation by Michael Lind, co-founder and Senior Fellow at New America, of The New American Heartland: Renewing the Middle Class by Revitalizing Middle America, a study published the Center for Opportunity Urbanism. A look at the image above identifies all the panelists — an excellent cross-section of economic development experts who have been working at improving the prospects of various cities and regions throughout Middle America.
For those of you who have never seen or heard me discuss my thoughts, now’s your chance. Our gracious hosts at the City Club of Cleveland posted a video of the entire event (the video link is here). The entire video is nearly two hours, with plenty of great info and discussion throughout. However, the panel discussion begins at the one hour mark, and you’ll see me jump right in.
In addition to the City Club event, I had a chance to finally meet and talk at length with Aaron Renn, Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research but known to many urbanists as the Urbanophile. He was instrumental in my start as a blogger, and we’ve stayed in touch over the last five years. However, our paths had not crossed until this week. Aaron does a regular podcast, and he asked me to do a podcast with him. You can hear the podcast by following this link.
This was a lot of fun, and you can expect to see and hear more of me at similar events in the near future.