The First Annual Summit on the State of the Middle Class
Washington, DC / April 25, 2013
The First Annual Summit on the State of the Middle Class brought together national opinion leaders, government decision makers, and the media to discuss the economic experience of the Middle Class, and explored what the critical next steps are in restoring and maintaining these communities across the country.
For more than a decade, the American middle-class has lived through economic uncertainty and challenge. For many Americans the goal of climbing the economic ladder has transformed into an effort to avoid slipping down it. The economic turmoil of the Great Recession and its aftermath has redefined the components and qualities of what it means to be Middle Class, opening the door for national and community leaders to create innovative solutions in the areas of education, jobs, the workforce, and beyond. Month after month, America's economic landscape is experiencing its most radical and wrenching upheaval since the Depression.
The latest Allstate – National Journal Heartland Monitor Poll and the accompanying First Annual Summit on the State of the Middle Class, the sixteenth in a series of groundbreaking surveys and events, examined both the economic challenges and opportunities that Middle Class Americans face. This effort, building on the extensive journalism and polling already produced through the Next Economy project, provided a vivid and comprehensive look at the state of middle-class life in America today.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Ronald Reagan Building
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004
Photos from the 2012 Heartland Monitor Poll events
AgendaCLICK HERE to view a program agenda.
- L. Josh Bivens Research and Policy Director Economic Policy Institute
- Ronald Brownstein Senior Editorial Director Atlantic Media Company
- Carol Thompson Cole President and CEO Venture Philanthropy Partners
- Paula Dwyer Editor Bloomberg View
- David Madland Director, American Worker Project Center for American Progress
- Todd McCracken President National Small Business Association
- Mark Perry Scholar American Enterprise Institute
- Gene Sperling Assistant to the President for Economic Policy; Director National Economic Council
- Amy Sullivan Correspondent National Journal
- Robert G. Templin, Jr. President Northern Virginia Community College
- Tom Touchet CEO City 24x7