U.S. Chamber Announces New Forum for Policy Innovation

Wednesday, December 1, 2010 - 7:00pm

Forum Will Build On Current Chamber Programs to Produce New Research, Policy Ideas for Solving America’s Challenges

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today unveiled the U.S. Forum for Policy Innovation, which will identify, conduct research on, and foster dialogue surrounding a range of emerging issues. The Forum will oversee the Chamber’s three 501(c)(3) educational organizations – the 50-year old National Chamber Foundation (NCF), the Institute for a Competitive Workforce (ICW), and the Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC) – under the leadership of Margaret Spellings, former assistant to President George W. Bush for Domestic Policy and Secretary of Education.

“America must become a ‘can-do’ nation again – a nation that confronts challenges, solves problems, and rejects political gridlock,” said Thomas J. Donohue, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber. “This new Forum will help advance ideas and solutions for tackling our nation’s greatest challenges. It will enable the Chamber to further strengthen our policy arguments and accelerate our efforts to inject cutting-edge ideas into the national dialogue.”

The Forum’s top priority will be an intensified effort to drive serious education and worker training reform, expand corporate social responsibility across the globe, and preserve, protect, and advance the free enterprise system – beginning with reviving that system’s extraordinary capacity to create American jobs. In addition to Spellings’ leadership, the Forum’s day-to-day activities will be overseen by Alfonso Martinez-Fonts, former assistant secretary for the Private Sector Office at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, who will serve as the Forum’s executive vice president.

The Forum will work as a “think tank” on emerging issues that affect America’s businesses today and into the future. It will engage scholars to conduct research on innovative solutions to some of our most challenging problems such as federal deficits, the fiscal health of state and local governments, and preparing our workforce to compete globally.
“The U.S. Forum for Policy Innovation will break the mold to create a public discussion,” added Donohue. “Rather than arguing about old ideas, it will identify new and provocative approaches that will empower the private sector, policymakers, and the government.”

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.

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