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What We Do

Since 2018, Listening for America has engaged a diverse cross-section of Americans in informal conversations and focus groups to discuss their experiences with international trade and globalization. Beginning in the Midwest, and expanding throughout the United States, we have heard opinions on what is needed for America and Americans to remain competitive in the 21st century. To date, we have conducted several hundred sessions and met with over a thousand people.

We have also met with State and local government officials, including Mayors and economic development officials across the country to understand which policies, interventions and engagement strategies have been most effective for their communities in today’s globalized economy. Cities as diverse as Greenville, South Carolina, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Houston, Texas have all had strategic and successful plans for participating in the world economy. We are looking at how such city/state plans can fit into a broader U.S. international trade strategy.

Who We Talk With

Everyone. We meet with school teachers, small business owners, entrepreneurs, bank tellers, farmers, mayors, university professors, doctors, factory workers, factory owners, and many more. We have talked with people with deep knowledge and experience of international trade as well as people whose main experience is purchasing every day goods that have been made overseas. We have found that everyone has something meaningful to contribute to the discussion.

 

Why Should You Care About Trade?

Policies that are aimed at international trade and investment can have a direct impact on your daily life. More than 1 in 5 U.S. jobs is supported by international trade. U.S. jobs are supported by exports, imports and by Foreign Direct Investment (FDI). Because of global supply chains many every-day products that you use have some foreign inputs. This is true for everything from automobiles to cell phones to clothing.

Where We are Listening

We are meeting people in large cities, medium-sized cities, small towns and rural areas. We have conducted sessions across America including abroad demographic mix large urban settings to small towns and rural areas. Cities as diverse as Greenville, South Carolina, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Houston, Texas have all had strategic and successful plans for participating in the world economy.

We have also met with State and local government officials, including Mayors and economic development officials across the country to understand which policies, interventions and engagement strategies have been most effective for their communities in today’s globalized economy.
To date, we have conducted several hundred sessions and met with over a thousand people.