The U.S. Council on Competitiveness hosted its 2013 National Competitiveness Forum (NCF) at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. on October 29-30. This seminal event engaged senior leadership from industry, government, labor, academia and the national laboratories to address the current state of U.S. competitiveness, and to explore pressing and emerging priorities at the heart of America’s economic ecosystem. Focused on finding common ground on critical competitiveness issues, the NCF arrived at a pivotal time—just days after a 16-day government shut-down emblematic of a government defined by confrontation rather than collaboration.
The NCF featured dynamic and interactive discussions moderated by top Washington journalists, including a series of one-on-one CEO dialogues moderated by Bloomberg’s Al Hunt. CEOs included Frederick W. Smith, Chairman & CEO, FedEx Corporation; Eric Spiegel, President & CEO, Siemens Corporation; and Jeff Fettig, Chairman & CEO, Whirlpool Corporation.
The NCF also brought together panels on U.S. workforce training, higher education, fiscal policy and strategies for accelerating the “start-up to scale-up” process in the U.S. manufacturing sector. The keynote was given by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker.