The Council on Competitiveness hosted its inaugural National Competitiveness Forum (NCF) on November 15 -16, 2012, at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. The NCF assembled top American leaders from industry, government, labor, national laboratories, academia and media to assess the state of American competitiveness, explore emerging priorities and release an agenda to grow the U.S. economy. Panels were moderated by top Washington journalists from Bloomberg and the Washington Post, and included dialogue topics ranging from “Leveraging America’s Energy Revolution” to “Solving Grand Challenges” and “Seizing Opportunity for Growth.”
The 2012 NCF was held at a critical time given the start of a second term for the current administration and a new Congress, as well as the essential need for the United States to better support its workforce, fill the skills gap for manufacturing jobs and enact a long-term fiscal framework to reduce the national debt.
As part of the 2012 NCF, the Council honored two veteran United States Senators, The Honorable Richard Lugar of Indiana and The Honorable Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico. The Council chose to honor these two Senators because both men epitomize a culture of collegiality, compromise and bipartisanship needed in these challenging economic times.