The U.S. Council on Competitiveness hosted the 2015 National Competitiveness Forum (NCF) December 3-4, 2015 at the U.S. State Department and Newseum in Washington, D.C.
The 2015 NCF was a commanding platform for Council members and other thought leaders to engage in conversation, elaborate on ideas and set the competitiveness action agenda for the nation. Speakers, panelists and attendees analyzed and addressed America’s competitiveness capacity and at the end of the day coalesced around a strong and impactful voice of influence.
The NCF brought together senior leadership from industry, government, labor, academia and the national laboratories in an attempt to address growing concerns over the current state of U.S. competitiveness. These dynamic and interactive discussions explored innovative solutions and how best to foster growth for emerging priorities at the heart of America’s economic ecosystem.
The highly esteemed group of senior leaders included Mr. Samuel R. Allen, President and CEO, Deere & Company, Chairman, Council on Competitiveness; Mr. Mario Longhi, President & CEO, United States Steel Corporation; Mr. Keith Nosbusch, Chairman and CEO, Rockwell Automation, Inc.; Dr. Dana (Keoki) Jackson, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Lockheed Martin; Dr. Michael M. Crow, President, Arizona State University; Dr. Gene D. Block, Chancellor, University of California, Los Angeles; Dr. Steven Ashby, Director, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory; and Mr. Sean McGarvey, President, North America’s Building Trades Unions.
The NCF kicked off on December 3rd with dinner at the Benjamin Franklin Dining Room at the U.S. State Department, during which the Council honored Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) and Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS) for their efforts to lead bipartisan federal policy initiatives building upon their successes through founding the Senate Competitiveness Caucus, which seeks to foster greater awareness and understanding of issues critical to U.S. economic growth.
The following day, the NCF continued at the Knight Conference Center at the Newseum with perspectives and discussions by Council members on issues national competitiveness trends. The release of the 2015 Clarion Call highlighted the morning and provided a Report Card for U.S. businesses and policymakers. Overall, mixed grades were handed out with the U.S. leadership on technology and talent being undercut by long-term downward trends in investment and infrastructure.