I traveled to Washington, DC recently to participate in the National Competitiveness Forum hosted by the U.S. Council on Competitiveness. I have served as the organization’s University Vice Chairman since 2013, and was on-hand for the announcement of its 2017 Clarion Call report on the state of U.S. competitiveness, and to help launch the Council’s National Commission on Innovation and Competitiveness.
While the Council remains optimistic regarding America’s economic status, it highlights significant concerns related to the cultivation of American talent, lagging research investment, technology manufacturing and infrastructure investment. The Council offers federal policymakers recommendations for addressing these issues – such as enhancing support for lifelong learning, implementing technology to prevent cyberattacks, and expanding trade agreements – but believes that the federal government does not bear sole responsibility to enhance American competitiveness and prosperity.
To that end, the Council has completed a two-year collaboration with the National Science Foundation, which serves as the basis for its new initiative, the National Commission on Innovation and Competitiveness. The Commission aims to capitalize on our nation’s tradition of pioneering ingenuity and entrepreneurship to evolve new, groundbreaking frontiers of U.S. innovation. Only by working across organizations and industries can we achieve the progress needed.