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TLSI 2024 Winter Dialogue Summary Report
On February 26, 2024, the Council on Competitiveness convened its 29th Technology Leadership and Strategy Initiative (TLSI) Dialogue on the Arizona State University (ASU) campus. Nearly 30 leaders from technology companies, universities, government, and national laboratories gathered to explore the issues, challenges, and opportunities shaping the U.S. innovation ecosystem. Discussions were centered around two themes—developing […]
Growing Innovation: Chips, Qubits and Molecules – a Competitiveness Conversation Across the Midwest: National Competitiveness Forum
Dr. Mung Chiang – President, Purdue University The Honorable Deborah L. Wince-Smith – President and CEO, Council on Competitiveness Innovation = chips + qubits + molecules! Mung Chiang, President of Purdue University, joined the Honorable Deborah L. Wince-Smith to discuss how Purdue, the University of Illinois System, and Argonne National Laboratory are collaborating across traditional political boundaries to […]
Powering Innovation: Semiconductors and Clean Energy – a Competitiveness Conversation in the Mountain West: National Competitiveness Forum
Dr. Marlene Tromp – President, Boise State University Dr. Marianne Walck – Chief Research Officer, Idaho National Laboratory Mr. Chad Evans – Executive Vice President, Council on Competitiveness Traditional theory wouldn’t lead you to believe Idaho would become global pacesetters in two critical tech vectors: advanced microelectronics and nuclear energy. So, how is Idaho punching […]
Council Insights: Startup Boom Signals Strengthening Entrepreneurial Ecosystem
In the decade prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, American entrepreneurship lagged behind the historically high levels that many have come to expect. In 1982 about 38 percent of U.S. firms were less than five years old; by 2018, that share fell to 29 percent, with many start-ups concentrated in Silicon Valley and a few other […]
Compete Connect — May 2024 Edition
In late-April, under the auspices of the National Commission on Innovation & Competitiveness Frontiers, the Council launched its “Competitiveness Conversations Across America” series in Nashville, Tennessee. The event was thought-provoking and insightful, and it made us even more optimistic about Tennessee and our country. Following the success in Tennessee, May has seen the Council prepare […]
Council President and CEO Deborah Wince-Smith on the Manufacturing the Future Podcast
Council on Competitiveness President and CEO Deborah Wince-Smith recently joined the Manufacturing the Future podcast to discuss the U.S. competitiveness equation – covering factors driving long-term productivity and prosperity like the convergence of the digital and the physical in modern manufacturing, to the challenges and opportunities facing the U.S. worker. Deborah shared the Council’s priorities […]
Setting the Vision for “Competitiveness Conversations Across America”: National Competitiveness Forum
Dr. James Clements – President, Clemson University Mr. Josh Parker – Chair and CEO, Ancora L&G The Honorable Deborah L. Wince-Smith – President and CEO, Council on Competitiveness Broadening & deepening the geography & demography of U.S. innovation capacity is critical to U.S. competitiveness. Inspired by — but evolving — the Council’s long history in defining […]
People, Partnerships, And Place: A Recipe For Success In Tennessee
The Council’s new initiative—Competitiveness Conversations Across America—aims to illuminate new cutting-edge strategies and pathways to broaden the geography of U.S. innovation beyond the coasts and deepen the demography of high-tech driven prosperity. This national conversation kicked-off at the end of April in Nashville, with co-hosts Vanderbilt University Chancellor Daniel Diermeier and University of Tennessee, Knoxville […]
Taking Talent to the Next Level — Preparing the Workforce for a Sustainable U.S. Manufacturing Renaissance: National Competitiveness Forum
Dr. Steve Ashby – Director, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Dr. Carol Burns – Deputy, Director Berkeley Lab Dr. Elizabeth Cantwell – President, Utah State University Mr. Nick Pinchuk – President & CEO, Snap-on Incorporated Dr. Gregory Washington – President, George Mason University Dr. Pradeep Khosla – Chancellor, University of California, San Diego At the end […]
Op-ed in The Tennessean: How Tennessee can leverage its core strengths to become a powerhouse of innovation
In their "How Tennessee can leverage its core strengths to become an economic powerhouse in America" op-ed published in The Tennessean, the hosts of the Council on Competitiveness’ inaugural Competitiveness Conversation — Deborah L. Wince-Smith, Council on Competitiveness CEO, Daniel Diermeier, Vanderbilt University Chancellor, and Donde Plowman, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Chancellor — argue Tennessee should not mimic Silicon Valley nor the Research Triangle to establish […]
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