— Council on Competitiveness

Council of Competitiveness

About Us

About the Council on Competitiveness:

Founded in 1986, the Council on Competitiveness is a non-partisan, non-governmental organization, composed of peer corporate CEOs, university presidents, labor leaders and national laboratory directors.

Collectively, under the Council’s banner, this forward-looking group of leaders is a powerful “brain trust.” Together they work to set an action agenda to drive U.S. competitiveness, while generating innovative public policy solutions for a more prosperous America.

To drive U.S. productivity, buttress our leadership in world markets, and raise the standard of living for all Americans, the Council has identified key economic challenges the United States must address:

  • Ensure lower cost, easy access to high quality education and training for all Americans;
  • Maintain long-term federal investments in science and technology leadership;
  • Reform and simplify the tax code to stimulate investment and attract global capital to the United States.


And over the next ten years our nation must:

  • Create at least 21 million jobs;
  • Reduce unemployment to 5 percent;
  • Reduce government debt by $4 trillion to ensure America’s long term solvency;
  • Invest $2.2 trillion in infrastructure to maintain competitive advantage;
  • Double exports.


Meeting these goals requires a national pro-growth strategy coupled with significant fiscal discipline. The Council has identified three core principles that must underpin that strategy:

  • Innovation—the intersection of invention, insight, and investment that leads to the creation of social and economic value—is the lifeblood of the U.S. economy.
  • Economic resilience—the ability to manage emerging risks and bounce back from disruption— must be a strategic investment by the public and private sectors.
  • Sustainable energy—exploiting domestic resources and using energy efficiently—is foundational to U.S. prosperity.


Benefits of Membership:

In response to ever-changing global economic environment, the Council remains committed to enhancing America’s competitiveness through a pro-growth agenda that addresses America’s challenges and capitalizes on its unique strengths.

The Council’s value proposition and success is due in part to its ability to forge strategic partnerships across the private and public sectors aimed at finding innovative solutions to strengthen the Unites States’ position as the global economic leader while working to raise the standard of living for all Americans.

Council membership is by invitation only and is offered to leaders who have shown stewardship not only of their business interests but also of the communities in which they operate. By joining the Council, members add their voice to a movement seeking to shape our nation’s destiny for generations to come.

The benefits of Council membership are as distinctive as the members themselves.  With a reach extending to the President and his administration, leaders of Congress, all 50 governors, and partners in the fastest-growing global economies, the Council provides members with a unified and powerful, nonpartisan voice that is heard by local, national and world leaders.

Council membership provides access to one-of-kind type partnership and networking opportunities through invitation-only policy dialogues, conferences and events both in the United States and abroad.

Council members have access both to the insights and thought leadership of their peers, as well as a staff with over two decades of experience leading and shaping the competitiveness movement for the country.

For more information about joining the Council or any of the specific issue areas, please contact Gourang Wakade, Director, Membership & Strategic Development at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or (202) 969-3409.

Current Council Initiatives:

Compete: Energy
Compete: Manufacturing
Compete: Leadership
Compete: Technology
Compete: Global