Representatives Ryan (OH) and Khanna (CA) Discuss Connecting Silicon Valley to the American Heartland

May 11, 2017 Issues: Economy

San Francisco, CA -- Representatives Tim Ryan (D-OH) and Ro Khanna (D-CA) participated in a roundtable today on “Connecting Silicon Valley to the Heartland.” Ryan represents Youngstown, Ohio and Mahoning Valley and Khanna represents communities in Silicon Valley, CA. The congressmen outlined ways policy makers and technology leaders can work together to bring new avenues of economic opportunity to communities across the United States, including job training programs and incentives for businesses. Akron, Ohio Mayor Dan Horrigan was also in attendance.

The roundtable was hosted by the Bay Area Council Economic Institute and moderated by Dr. Laura D. Tyson, director of the Institute for Business and Social Impact at Berkeley and former Chair of the President's Council of Economic Advisers. The roundtable’s goal was to explore economic implications of having better connections between Silicon Valley and the American Heartland. The conversation focused on how to build shared prosperity across the country rather than keep economic investment to a single region or job sector.

“We have the perfect opportunity right now to help rebuild and rejuvenate communities that have been struggling with the loss of manufacturing by connecting Silicon Valley to places like the Mahoning Valley. It makes a lot of economic sense, both Silicon Valley and the American Heartland have individual strengths and resources that can benefit each other.  I look forward to continuing to work with Rep. Khanna to help usher in a better an brighter future for every American, regardless of where they live,” said Rep. Tim Ryan.

“There is talent across America and investments must be made in order to harness it,” said Rep. Ro Khanna. “Economic opportunity should not be limited by where you live, and I look forward to working with Rep. Ryan on how the tech sector can partner wih America’s heartland.”


About CA-17

Congressman Khanna represents the 17th District of California, which covers communities in Silicon Valley. Visit his website at khanna.house.gov<http://khanna.house.gov>. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter @RepRoKhanna.

About OH-13

Congressman Ryan represents the 13th District of Ohio, which covers Youngstown, Akron and communities in the Mahoning Valley. Visit his website at http://timryan.house.gov/. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter @RepTimRyan.