Many know me as a former football coach at the University of Notre Dame and the years I was there were some of the best of my life. During this time I was proud to be a Hoosier from the great State of Indiana. The county next to the one we lived in was Elkhart County, Indiana, which for decades has been known as the Recreational Vehicle Capital of the World. I may not be the smartest guy in the world, but I know that when the gas crisis, credit crunch and economic downturn hit our Country at the same time, we were all affected, but nowhere quite as hard as Elkhart County which now experienced one of the highest unemployment rates in the Nation, nearly 20%. When I read about this, I was saddened because I had gotten to know many people from that area who were great supporters of Notre Dame and astute businesspeople.

As I watched the press coverage of the situation in Elkhart County I was very concerned about how the area was portrayed by national media, as if the only way to come back was with massive assistance from the Federal Government. Many spending and so-called reform policies of the Obama Administration can actually have the effect of making it much more difficult for our States, businesses and families to prosper and to recover on our own. And, from what I know of people in Elkhart County, they will not be looking for someone to bail them out. I know they will work through this situation as they have before when challenges have hit the area.

John Cohoat’s new book tells a story I know to be true, because I have visited Elkhart County and have friends from there. I am pleased that John has focused on the Midwest values of taking care of our own and rugged responsibility for our own recovery. With all the discussion in our Nation about what is the proper role of government, this book puts it all in perspective. These businesses and the people working there are the real heroes in our Country and I’m pleased that you can learn more about them in this wonderful book.

Lou Holtz – ESPN Analyst and Former Hoosier

Lou Holtz is widely regarded as one of the most successful college football coaches of all time. He compiled a 243–127–7 career record and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2008. During 11 seasons at Notre Dame, Holtz posted a 100–30–2 record that included a national championship in 1988. Lou currently serves as a college football studio analyst on ESPN. He is also the author of six books, including best sellers T e Fighting Spirit; Winning Everyday: A Game Plan for Success; and Wins, Losses and Lessons. He is a highly sought-after speaker on the subject of overcoming seemingly impossible challenges by setting your own goals and working to achieve them. In 2009 Lou has also appeared on national news shows discussing current political and economic issues.