Gerald Desmond Bridge in Long Beach, California

Today, our nation faces new realities and imperatives as sweeping change across many dimensions is upending the innovation leadership landscape. The increased access to constantly evolving tools of innovation and emerging business models allows for an unprecedented democratization and redefinition of “place,” and it makes it possible for individuals and institutions to discover, conceptualize, develop, and scale innovation as never before. 

That’s why, starting in 2024 and extending over the next three years, and under the auspices of the National Commission on Innovation and Competitiveness Frontiers, the Council will join its members in their regions to uncover the most cutting-edge and emerging innovation best practices and policies unfurling across our diverse, continental economy – and in highlighting them, amplifying them for national scale-up.

Each Competitiveness Conversation will feature — in its own distinctive way — the leaders representing the local and regional innovation ecosystem.

Through the Competitiveness Conversations, the Council will develop a roadmap that aligns with the National Commission’s four pillars supporting U.S. innovation.

Competitiveness Conversations Across America - Confirmed 2024 Calendar

Competitiveness Conversations Across America - 2025 Calendar (as of June 2024)

  • February 2025 – Columbia, SC
  • March 2025 – San Antonio, TX
  • Late-March 2025 – Norman, OK
  • May 5-6, 2025 – Santa Fe, NM
  • June 5-6, 2025 – Boston, MA
  • September 2025 – Salt Lake City, UT
  • Mid-October 2025 – Denver, CO
  • Late-October 2025 – Pittsburgh, PA

This page will be updated as details become available.

To learn more about the Competitiveness Conversations Across America initiative, please contact Council EVP Chad Evans: [email protected].

“Too many across the United States are disconnected from our national innovation ecosystem. We are leaving people behind and, in turn, holding ourselves back collectively—and economically—as a nation. To remain competitive in the next economy, the United States must capitalize on untapped talent, technology, and infrastructure across America.”

The Honorable Deborah L. Wince-Smith

President & CEO

Council on Competitiveness

linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram