The plight of middle America and the white working class became a focal point of the 2016 presidential election. The recession, declines in traditional manufacturing jobs, and stagnant wages left many frustrated and angry that the economic prosperity witnessed on the coasts failed to reach their hometowns. How do we revitalize economic growth in middle America?
Join us for an evening of conversation on the economic opportunities and challenges facing America's heartland. J.D. Vance, author of Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, will deliver a keynote address. Michael Lind, co-founder and Senior Fellow at New America, will share the prospects for an industrial comeback from The New American Heartland: Renewing the Middle Class by Revitalizing Middle America study published by the Center for Opportunity Urbanism. A panel conversation will follow.
Schedule: Doors - 4 p.m.
Program - 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Reception - 6:30-7:30 p.m.