Richard C. Longworth has written a book titled: Caught in the Middle: America's Heartland in the Age of Globalism. This sobering and provocative book paints a fairly break picture of the Midwest. Salvation, according to Longworth, will require several things to happen, including (a) the creation of a regional identity and (b) embracing regional cooperation. The latter will require Midwesterners and their leaders to stop thinking so much in terms of state boundaries, and other artificial jurisdictional boundaries. He points to the success of "the South" during the past 30 years or so; and the role played by the Southern Growth Policies Board as the type of entity that would make sense for the Midwest.