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Council launches national commission to address U.S. innovation and competitiveness frontiers at National Competitiveness Forum

November 28, 2018

2018 Clarion Call CoverWASHINGTON— Today, the Council on Competitiveness released the 7th annual Clarion Call, marking the formal launch of the new National Commission on Innovation and Competitiveness Frontiers. The Clarion Call was presented at the 2018 National Competitiveness Forum (NCF), the premier gathering of private sector leaders to address top issues of national economic interest.

The 2018 Clarion Call illustrates a number of U.S. economic trends and identifies key challenges to America’s technological leadership and long-term competitiveness. To address these concerns, the report calls for the formation of the National Commission on Innovation and Competitiveness Frontiers to optimize the nation for a new, unfolding, evolving innovation reality that will shape the nation’s prosperity for the next half century.

This year’s NCF assembles over two hundred leaders from America’s private and public sectors to discuss, debate and inform the nation’s competitiveness and innovation agenda. The day-long event focuses not only on where America stands with regard to growth and prosperity, but also on where we need to go in terms of future drivers of competitiveness. The program, held at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC, features an interactive agenda with panels, discussions and presentations on current competitiveness issues.

Confirmed speakers include the Honorable Wilbur Ross, secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce, Mr. Sam Allen, chairman & CEO of Deere & Company and chairman of the Council on Competitiveness, the Honorable Janet Napolitano, president of the University of California System, Mr. Matthew Levatich, president & CEO of Harley-Davidson, Inc., Mr. David Seaton, chairman and CEO of Fluor and many more representatives from industry, academia, government and our national labs.

For the full agenda and speaker lineup for the 2018 National Competitiveness Forum, please download the program book or visit our website at

Read the full 2018 Clarion Call: Launch of the National Commission on Innovation and Competitiveness Frontiers here.

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