We’d like to say the U.S. Chamber is always a hot spot, but this past week had particular significance for us. The week saw the Chamber leading the front on several issues. From administration officials’ visits to in-depth discussions on various policy topics, the Chamber was the place to be. Who and what’s been happening over on H Street, you ask?
Infrastructure Week kicked off with a launch event at the U.S. Chamber. The half-day summit featured remarks and panel discussions from an array of speakers, all with one unifying message: #TimeToBuild. Among the speakers at the event were U.S. Chamber President and CEO Tom Donohue, Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, and U.S. Chamber Chairman John Hopkins.
In keeping with Infrastructure Week’s #TimeToBuild theme, the Chamber hosted its Fifth Annual Global Supply Chain Summit. On Wednesday, U.S. Chamber Senior Vice President of National Security and Emergency Preparedness Ann Beauchesne opened the event, with Tom Donohue delivering opening remarks. Among other participants were U.S. House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Mike McCaul (R-Tex.) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection Acting Commissioner Kevin McAleenan.
On Thursday, global investors and U.S. stakeholders gathered for the Chamber’s “Invest in America!” Summit, which promoted opportunities for partnerships across the globe. Vice President Mike Pence served as the keynote speaker, discussing the administration’s interest in doing business with countries in all regions. What’s more, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin participated in a panel discussion with U.S. Chamber Executive Vice President of International Affairs Myron Brilliant. The two conversed about investment as a stimulus for economic development.
Later Thursday, the U.S. Chamber Americas team was joined by President of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos and Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross at the U.S.-Columbia Business Council. President Santos said:
We established the entrepreneurial council of the United States and Colombia so we can have a voice in that road map. This means we are working together on every front that can be convenient for both countries. We will continue to work together. We have ratified that commitment today during our conversation. As i said before, we have the best of relations with the United States. We are strategic allies in the region, and we will continue to be so.
The Chamber’s Center for Technology Engagement (C_TEC) closed out the week with a TecTalk event. C_TEC hosted Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn. for a conversation about broadband infrastructure as it related to Infrastructure Week. She discussed emerging technologies and Congressional plans to support and protect technology.
The events of this past week ensured there was never a dull moment in the hallways of the U.S. Chamber. All of these activities reinforced the Chamber’s commitment to its policy priorities and demonstrated its focus to promoting growth across sectors.
What will this week have in store?