On March 10, 2009, The Chicago Council released its first Global Midwest Policy Brief, “A Midwestern Marshall Plan? Well, Sort Of,” as part of its Global Midwest Initiative. Richard C. Longworth, currently a senior fellow at The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, is the editor-in-chief of the Policy Briefs, as well as the author of this first brief, which focuses on the importance of thinking regionally.
Longworth is author of Caught in the Middle: America’s Heartland in the Age of Globalism and a former senior writer for the Chicago Tribune. He is also editor of The Midwesterner, a blog for the Global Midwest Initiative.
Global Midwest Policy Briefs frame and analyze pressing issues facing the Midwest in the global era and offer recommendations on how to best move forward. The briefs are concise five-page documents that are released quarterly as part of the Council's Global Midwest Initiative.