The American Edge Project, a coalition of nearly two dozen domestic organizations, today released a new advertising campaign to spotlight the vital importance of tech innovation for the American economy and Main Street businesses – particularly as our country fights to come back from the COVID-19 crisis. “Vital” is the third in an ongoing series of spots slated to run in the largest markets across America. The ad features former United States Senators Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) and Kent Conrad (D-ND) – both of whom serve as Co-Chairs of the Project’s Economic Advisory Board – and follows a recent opinion column by the bipartisan duo on why America’s technological advantage must be maintained.
Senator Kent Conrad: I’m Senator Kent Conrad. I was a Democratic Senator from North Dakota.
Senator Saxby Chambliss: I’m Senator Saxby Chambliss. And I was a Republican Senator from Georgia. Together, we served for 40 years in Congress.
Conrad: Today, we’re proud to be serving as advocates for America’s tech innovators. They are vital to our economy and Main Street businesses.
Chambliss: Our digital economy supports nearly 9 million jobs – and it’s a vibrant sector, growing at three times the rate of the overall economy.
Conrad: And 84 percent of small businesses are using at least one major digital platform to reach their customers.
Chambliss: A free and open internet is fostering job creation and strengthening small businesses in every community in America.
Conrad: And let’s not forget that tech innovation has kept our economy going during this pandemic.
Chambliss: Our nation’s leaders can keep America’s dynamic economy growing.
Conrad: And unleash the potential of American workers and small businesses.
Background: The American Edge Project is a coalition of domestic organizations representing a cross-section of U.S. innovators who are dedicated to telling the story about technology’s positive influence on America’s economy and the vital role innovation plays in our society. Former New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez, former U.S. Representative Chris Carney, and former Federal Election Commission Chairman Bradley A. Smith are directors of the American Edge Project. Admiral James G. Stavridis, USN (Ret.), who served as the 16th Supreme Allied Commander at NATO, and former White House Counterterrorism and Homeland Security Advisor Frances Townsend serve as Co-Chairs of the Project’s National Security Advisory Board. Former United States Senators Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) and Kent Conrad (D-ND) lead the Project’s Economic Advisory Board. Visit AmericanEdgeProject.org for more information.