Jim Gilmore's Op-Ed on Trump's Speech in Poland: Press Releases/Events from American Opportunity!

Jim Gilmore's Op-Ed on Trump's Speech in Poland: Press Releases/Events from American Opportunity!

Latest Op-ed by American Opportunity's President & CEO Jim Gilmore
President Trump’s Reaganesque Speech in Warsaw Re-Launches American Leadership in Europe:
Historic Speech to Go Down in History as One of the Greats

While some have called President Trump’s Warsaw speech an affirmation of American leadership, I characterize it as a re-launching of American leadership that harkens back to the leadership of President Reagan.  In a city that built a monument in honor of President Reagan for his role in hastening the fall of the Iron Curtain, President Trump delivered a powerful speech reminiscent of the resolve and patriotism of President Reagan’s “Tear Down this Wall” speech.
 
In less than forty-five minutes, President Trump delivered a seminal message to the citizens and leaders of Poland and the rest of Europe that the United States of America stands firmly and unapologetically behind the bonds of culture, faith and tradition that unite Europe and the US.  President Trump’s call for a strong and unified stance against those leaders who actively seek to undermine those bonds and weaken our collective resolve are words that will live on:
“Our countries are resilient, and our power is unmatched…Our adversaries, however, are doomed because we will never forget who we are. And if we don't forget who are, we just can't be beaten. Americans will never forget. The nations of Europe will never forget. We are the fastest and the greatest community. There is nothing like our community of nations. The world has never known anything like our community of nations.”
 
On April 27, 2016 I was present at then candidate Trump’s unveiling of his foreign policy and spoke out about the wisdom of that policy.  President Trump has not ceased in delivering a foreign policy that I continue to strongly support.  In May 2017, on the occasion of President Trump’s first official visit to Europe, I commended the President and his Administration for striking the right tone forging stronger relationships with our European allies. 
 
Two months ago President Trump called upon NATO Members to meet their NATO obligations.  And in that short time, they actively begun to do so, investing billions into NATO ensuring the security of the defense of the Allied Nations.  Having successfully urged our European Allies to contribute to the security of our nations financially, today President Trump called an even deeper, more stirring commitment.  Reaching deep into the souls of the unified citizens of America and Europe, President Trump reminded the world that our defense is not just a commitment of money, it is a commitment of will and confidence in our bond of values. President Trump asked the West four pivotal questions today:
Do we have the will to survive?
Do we believe in our values to defend them at any cost?
Do we have enough respect for our citizens to protect our borders?
Do we have the desire and the courage to preserve our civilization in the face of those who would subvert and destroy it?I believe we do.  And I believe that as long as we have a world leader in President Trump who has the courage and faith to ask us these questions and lead us in our values, we will prevail against the tyranny of those who seek to destroy our values. Perhaps President Trump voiced this sentiment best:
“Just as Poland could not be broken, I declare today for the world to hear that the West will never, ever be broken. Our values will prevail. Our people will thrive. And our civilization will triumph. So, together, let us all fight like the Poles -- for family, for freedom, for country, and for God.”
https://tinyurl.com/TrumpinPoland
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Thanks for the Great Turnout to our Capitol Hill Event last month! 
Date/Time: 06/28/2017 | 11:30am to 1:00pm ET

Location: 2253 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515
American Opportunity Foundation's 7th Annual Transportation Policy Briefing

We have added some more speakers...
Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA), Congressman John Duncan (R-TN), former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore, APTA, and the American Opportunity Foundation request the pleasure of your company at our 7th Annual Transportation Policy Briefing. Join leading transportation experts and elected officials to discuss requirements in transportation funding, focusing on the role of federal dollars for infrastructure projects.  
Comments by:
Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (R-VA)
Congressman John Duncan (R-TN)
Earl Lewis, Maryland State Deputy Secretary of Transportation
Emil Frankel, Special Commissioner, Connecticut Dept. of Transportation
Governor Jim Gilmore, President & CEO, American Opportunity Foundation
Richard White, Acting President & CEO, American Public Transportation Association 
Anna Davis, Director of Government Relations, National Governors Association
Lunch and light refreshments will be provided.
Date:                 Wednesday,  June 28, 2017
Time:                11:30am to 1:00pm (Complimentary Lunch)
Location:           Rayburn House Office Building Room 2253
RSVP:               Shari Simmans  -- sharibolouri@gmail.com

The American Opportunity Foundation, and its predecessor, the Free Congress Foundation, has worked for decades to shape the discussions around American society, and to offer conservative solutions that promise real prosperity, national security, and American values. Led by former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore, American Opportunity Foundation remains a leading voice for conservatives.
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Resource Library - https://americanopportunity.org/calls-to-action/transportation
703.837.0030 (main line)
20 Years of Conservative Papers on Transportation Policy
Main link to FCF Historical White Papers:
https://web.archive.org/web/20100820103211/http://www.freecongress.org/project/center-for-transportation/

Free Congress Foundation Transportation Center Historical Documents:
A Liberal and a Conservative Discuss How to Respond to Anti-Transit Rhetoric
Bring Back the Streetcars! A Conservative Vision of Tomorrow Urban Transportation
A Conservative Proposal for Energy Independence: A National Defense Public Transportation Act (link is broken, but it's below in the apta.com pdf)
Conservatives and Mass Transit: Is It Time for a New Look
Does Transit Work?  A Conservative Reappraisal
Good Urban Transit: A Conservative Model
How Transit Benefits People Who Do Not Ride It: A Conservative Inquiry
Transit Means Business: Ten Reasons Why Conservatives Should Support New TEA Legislation
Twelve Anti-Transit Myths: A Conservative Critique
Winning Transit Referenda: Some Conservative Advice
Here is the energy independence paper on APTA's site:
http://www.apta.com/resources/reportsandpublications/Documents/conservative-energy-independence-FCF.pdf

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PRESS RELEASES
American Opportunity Foundation supports federal funding for public transportation: Foundation releasing report synthesizing 20 years of research on transportation projects

Alexandria, Va, June 6, 2017, -
With a nod to President Trump’s Infrastructure Week, American Opportunity Foundation (AO) reiterated its support as the only conservative think tank recognizing the importance of federal funds in support of public transportation projects and will release its long-awaited report on transportation issues.

The foundation has prepared a synthesis of their nearly two decade’s long work on various transportation issues, highlighting the necessity of the partnership between federal, state, and local funding sources for mass transportation. The foundation is partnering with other leading conservative voices in order to develop comprehensive policy recommendations emphasizing the importance of mass transit as a product of federal partnership. The final product will be unveiled at a high-level Capitol Hill later in June.

According to American Opportunity CEO Jim Gilmore: “We are pleased the President recognizes the importance of and is advancing the conversation about the importance of infrastructure investment by establishing Infrastructure Week. The administration is correct in focusing on the country’s infrastructure as the economic engine for prosperity. "

Governor Gilmore’s long-time experience on local, state and federal transportation issues has underscored AO’s findings and positioned the think tank as a leader in advancing conservative goals vis-à-vis transportation challenges.

In discussing the report’s outcomes, Gilmore added “Transit mobility a key factor in ensuring that our economy remains moving forward. By offering a comprehensive picture of how federal, state, and local players can work together to insure transit projects move forward, we can contribute to maintaining thriving communities where employees have a variety of transportation options from which to choose.”

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The American Opportunity Foundation, and its predecessor, the Free Congress Foundation, has worked for decades to shape the discussions around American society, and to offer conservative solutions that promise real prosperity, national security, and American values. Led by former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore, American Opportunity Foundation remains a leading voice for conservatives.
twitter - @ameriopp 

Contact: Dan Kreske
703-837-0030
  

American Opportunity Foundation announces new Transportation Resource Library: Foundation will create an on-line library and provide a conservative voice for public transportation
Alexandria, Va, May 3, 2017- American Opportunity Foundation will create a Transportation Resource Library which will serve as an educational source for policymakers, including Congress and the White House, as well as the overall transportation community. The partnership’s goal is to ensure that focus of transportation policy makers remains on the continuation of federal funding for public transit projects.

The foundation is preparing a synthesis of their decade’s long work on various transportation issues, highlighting the necessity of the partnership between federal, state, and local funding sources for mass transportation. Throughout the process, the foundation will seek to partner with other leading conservative voices in order to develop comprehensive policy recommendations emphasizing the importance of mass transit as a product of federal partnership. The final product will be unveiled at a high level Capitol Hill event on June 27.

According to American Opportunity CEO Jim Gilmore: “We are committed to being a resource for the transportation community in a variety of ways, providing invaluable information and crucial resources. The administration is correct in focusing on the country’s infrastructure as the economic engine for prosperity. Transit mobility a key factor in ensuring that our economy remains moving forward. By offering a comprehensive picture of how federal, state, and local players can work together to ensure transit projects move forward, we can contribute to maintaining thriving communities where employees have a variety of transportation options from which to choose.”

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The American Opportunity Foundation, and its predecessor, the Free Congress Foundation, has worked for decades to shape the discussions around American society, and to offer conservative solutions that promise real prosperity, national security, and American values. Led by former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore, American Opportunity Foundation remains a leading voice for conservative values.
twitter - @ameriopp
Contact: Dan Kreske
703-837-0030


American Opportunity Foundation supports rail funding in 2017 Omnibus Appropriations bill: Focus on rail and rail safety is key to economic growth
Alexandria, Va, May 3, 2017- American Opportunity Foundation applauds the work of Congress in negotiating the 2017 Omnibus Appropriations Bill and it’s recognition, through the funding of rail and rail transit, of the critical need in securing the nation’s public transit programs. 
 
Specifically, American Opportunity is pleased to see that the agreement increases funding for The Federal Railroad Administration, and allows Amtrak to undertake new capital projects and encourages Amtrak to prioritize strategic rail infrastructure improvements at critical points in the rail network that would improve current services or create new capacity in the Northeast Corridor.
 
American Opportunity President & CEO Jim Gilmore stated “The federal government has a long history in supporting public transit programs as federal funding is crucial to preserving mass transit.  As we at American Opportunity (formerly Free Congress Foundation) have long stated, by continuing to support a full spectrum of transportation modes for our nation’s working class, the federal government demonstrates its commitment to providing the infrastructure that business, and the economy, depends on to continue growth.”
 
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The American Opportunity Foundation, and its predecessor, the Free Congress Foundation, has worked for decades to shape the discussions around American society, and to offer conservative solutions that promise real prosperity, national security, and American values. Led by former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore, American Opportunity Foundation remains a leading voice for conservative values.
twitter - @ameriopp
Contact: Dan Kreske
703-837-0030


American Opportunity Foundation Announces New Senior Fellows:
Alexandria, Va, April 13, 2017 - The American Opportunity Foundation announced the addition of Mari Stull and Shari Simmans as senior fellows. Stull will lead the Foundation’s work on Trade Policy and International Organizations, while Simmans will serve as the Foundation’s key lead on Strategic Partnerships, Outreach and Communications. Simmans will also head the Foundation’s project management team.

“Mari Stull and Shari Simmans are known both nationally and internationally for their work in driving policy and building strategic collations to achieve dramatic success for policy makers, governments, and the private sector, and creating alliances that produce results,” said American Opportunity Foundation President & CEO Jim Gilmore. “We welcome them to our projects.”

Stull brings over 20 years of senior international trade and regulatory experience. Stull was founding Executive Director of the Caribbean Agribusiness Association, established the International Council of Grocery Manufacturers Association, and served as director of International regulatory policy for the Grocery Manufacturers Association. Stull has extensive UN and international organizations experience, having served in international posts as a specialist in private sector development. Credentialed as Head of Delegation to the OECD, Codex Alimentarius, and other international trade and regulatory bodies as a representative of the private sector.

Simmans has nearly two decades’ experience in building strategic partnerships at the chief executive level in the private/public sector and has proven expertise in effecting better management practices and organizational reforms in achieving more cost-effective programs. Simmans has assisted elected leaders and associations with media campaigns, winning a national award for communication and marketing. With a background in international and national security studies, Simmans has worked globally for international aerospace manufacturers and continues her efforts in the United States within the private sector and leading nonprofits. 

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Based in Alexandria, the American Opportunity Foundation, and its predecessor, the Free Congress Foundation, has worked for decades to shape the discussions around American society, and to offer conservative solutions that promise real prosperity, national security, and American values.
twitter - @ameriopp
Contact: Dan Kreske
703-837-0030


Source - http://www.alexandrianews.org/2017/04/american-opportunity-foundation-announces-new-senior-fellows/

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