SOURCE: Center for U.S. Global Engagement

June 16, 2008 11:00 ET

Ohio Civic Leaders Challenge Presidential Candidates to Strengthen U.S. Global Leadership

Over 130 Prominent Ohioans Join National Effort to Encourage Greater U.S. Engagement in World

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - June 16, 2008) - The Center for U.S. Global Engagement today announced the Ohio Advisory Committee for its Impact '08: Building a Better, Safer World initiative urging the 2008 presidential candidates to incorporate greater investments in global development and diplomacy as critical tools in America's engagement with the world. The Ohio Advisory Committee has more than 130 members, including U.S. Representatives David Hobson and Stephanie Tubbs Jones, Lieutenant Governor Lee Fisher, the State Senate President and Minority Leader, the State House Speaker, Majority Leader and Minority Leader, the Chairmen of the Ohio Republican and Democratic Parties, Maj. Gen. Todd Stewart (USAF, Ret.), The Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee, and a wide range of business, community, and faith leaders. A full list of the committee is available at

Working with these leaders and our local partners, The Ohio State University's John Glenn School of Public Affairs and the Columbus Council on World Affairs, the Center will officially launch the Impact '08 in Ohio effort on June 23, 2008 with a luncheon and foreign policy discussion at OSU's Faculty Club featuring Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NE).

"We are very excited to bring Impact '08: Building a Better, Safer World to Ohio," said Liz Schrayer, Executive Director of the Center for U.S. Global Engagement, "and to work with this distinguished group of Ohioans who recognize the next president must strengthen our non-military tools of foreign policy to ensure America's national and economic security and restore our standing in the world."

Ohio Senate President Bill Harris said, "Ohioans recognize our domestic and international security are tied as never before. As Ohio helps determine the next President of the United States, we must ensure our candidates lay out a clear strategy for America's role in our rapidly changing world."

Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority President & CEO Adam Wasserman believes the Impact '08 effort is crucial for Ohio's future, noting, "How America engages the world bears directly on our ability -- both America's and Ohio's -- to compete and create new jobs here at home."

Former Democratic Party Chair Paul Tipps emphasized the bipartisan nature of the effort. "Democrats and Republicans in Ohio must work together to ensure that the next President is prepared to make the necessary investments in development and diplomacy to build a better, safer world," Tipps said.

A full listing of the Ohio Advisory Committee is available at

About the Center for U.S. Global Engagement and Impact '08:

The Center for U.S. Global Engagement (, the educational arm of the U.S. Global Leadership Campaign, unites business, civic, military, faith-based, and political leaders around the country to broaden understanding of America's interests in building a better, safer world.

Impact '08: Building a Better, Safer World is the Center's national, non-partisan initiative, chaired by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former Secretary of Defense Frank Carlucci, calling on all of the Presidential candidates to elevate and strengthen America's investments in global development and diplomacy.

About our partners:

The John Glenn School of Public Affairs ( at The Ohio State University seeks to promote informed decision-making at every level of public policy to strengthen civic engagement among all citizens and to prepare students for public service. The faculty and staff work to prepare leaders for the public and non-profit sectors through programs and courses for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education students in public affairs.

The Columbus Council on World Affairs ( educates Central Ohio about the people and events that shape our world. Founded in 1975, the Council welcomes participation by anyone with an interest in international affairs, including matters of both policy and intercultural relations. Our programmatic offerings are tailored to multiple audiences, with income from general community member events (like monthly symposia and Great Decisions) helping support our youth programs (offered at no cost to area students and schools).

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