President Participates in National Competitiveness Forum in Washington
President Shirley Ann Jackson participated in the U.S. Council on Competitiveness inaugural National Competitiveness Forum (NCF), in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 16. The NCF assembled top American leaders from industry, government,
labor, and academia to assess the state of American competitiveness, and offer policy recommendations for the President and the Congress.
President Jackson participated in a panel discussion titled “Powering the Future—Capitalizing on America’s Energy Revolution,” moderated by Washington Post Live editor Mary Jordan. She spoke of the distinction between “energy security” and “energy independence,” the lessons from “Superstorm Sandy” regarding intersecting vulnerabilities of our energy delivery systems; and the critical need for the U.S. to develop a comprehensive energy security roadmap.
She also participated in a discussion titled “Reporting from the Global Frontline: The CEO Perspective on the Future of Manufacturing Competitiveness.” In the session, moderated by Bloomberg Television Chief Washington Correspondent Peter Cook, the panel analyzed the findings of the 2013 Council on Competitiveness & Deloitte “Global Manufacturing Competitiveness Index.”
The Council also released its “Clarion Call for Competitiveness,” a “call to action which provides a strong and clear roadmap for policy makers to enhance America’s competitiveness and drive domestic investment and job creation,” including more than 200 recommendations for action; and its Key Findings from the Council’s Technology Leadership & Strategy Initiative (TLSI), developed by a coalition of chief technology leaders from industry, academia, the national laboratories, and government; focused on the capacity of the U.S. to innovate and commercialize technology.
The Council on Competitiveness is a non-partisan and non-governmental organization, comprised of corporate CEOs, university presidents, and labor leaders committed to the future prosperity of all Americans and enhanced U.S. competitiveness in the global economy. President Jackson is the academic vice chair of the Council.