2017 National Competitiveness Forum

The Council on Competitiveness hosted the 2017 National Competitiveness Forum (NCF) November 27-28, 2017 at the University Club and Newseum in Washington, D.C.

The 2017 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; Dr. Mehmood Khan, Vice Chairman and Chief Scientific Officer, PepsiCo; Dr. Dana (Keoki) Jackson, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Lockheed Martin; Mr. Mike Fucci, Chairman, Deloitte LLP; Mr. Steve Stevanovich, Founder, President and CEO, SGS Global Holdings; Mr. Nicholas Akins, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, American Electric Power; Mr. Nicholas Pinchuk, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Snap-on Incorporated; Mr. George Fischer, Senior Vice President and Group President, Verizon Enterprise Solutions; Mr. Rehan Chaudri, Retired Principal, Altrinsic Global Advisors, LLC; Mr. Jeffrey Wernick, Private Investor; Dr. Pradeep Khosla, Chancellor, University of California, San Diego; Dr. Michael M. Crow, President, Arizona State University; Dr. Gene D. Block, Chancellor, University of California, Los Angeles; Dr. Holden Thorp, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Washington University in St. Louis; Dr. Steven Ashby, Director, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory; The Honorable Walter Copan, Director, NIST; Dr. Victor Dzau, President, National Academy of Medicine; Mr. James K. Clifton, Chairman and CEO, Gallup, Inc.;  and Mr. Lonnie Stephenson, President, IBEW.

The following day, the NCF continued at the Knight Conference Center at the Newseum with perspectives and discussions by Council members on national competitiveness trends. The release of the 2017 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.