2014 National Competitiveness Dinner and Forum

The 2014 National Competitiveness Forum (NCF) is a critical platform for a number of game-changing issues vital for the United States to maintain its competitive edge.

Please join us on September 16, 2014 at the Newseum, for a series of one-on-one discussions with leading CEOs to explore mega-trends, emerging opportunities, technological transformations and key challenges facing the United States today and in the future.

We’ll also engage leading university presidents and other top public and private sector leaders to discuss the U.S. higher education system, which by all accounts is the best in the world conferring tremendous competitive advantage, but just how secure is that position? We’ll also explore talent driven innovation – and how the nature of work itself and worker’s skills are changing; as well as the potential for a manufacturing renaissance and strategies to accelerate the “start-up to scale-up” process.

On September 15, 2014, at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Council will recognize Chairman Samuel R. Allen, Chairman & CEO, Deere & Company, for his lasting contributions to the future prosperity of the nation, as the Chairman of the Council on Competitiveness from 2011-2014. As Chairman of the Council, Mr. Allen launched the U.S. Manufacturing Competitiveness Initiative that created a national movement to lead the resurgence and growth of manufacturing and jobs in the United States.

For general inquiries about the National Competitiveness Forum, please contact Bill Bates, Council on Competitiveness Executive Vice President at bbates@compete.org or 202-969-3395.

About the National Competitiveness Forum

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The 2014 National Competitiveness Forum will assemble top public and private sector leaders to assess the state of the nations competitiveness, and explore pressing and emerging priorities. The forum brings together some of the most experienced and creative minds in the marketplace of goods, services and ideas including chief executive officers of leading companies, university presidents, labor leaders, and directors from the national laboratories. The NCF also will feature renowned thinkers and select government leaders with unique insights on the state of American competitiveness.

For more information about the Council on Competitiveness, please click here.


Premier Sponsor

  • Lockheed Martin

National Sponsors

  • Deere & Company

Chairman’s Sponsors

  • United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters
  • University of Cincinnati

Presidents Sponsors

  • FedEx Corporation
  • Whirlpool Corporation


  • Arizona State University
  • The University of Chicago
  • The University of Akron
  • HNTB Holdings Ltd.
  • Lehigh University
  • Michigan State University
  • NanoMech, Inc.
  • Snap-on Incorporated


  • University of California, San Diego
  • University of Michigan


  • Georgetown University
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • The George Washington University