December 31, 2008

2008 ICW Annual Report

2008 Annual Cover Image

From the Opening Ceremony of the Summer Olympics in Beijing, China, to the election of our nation’s first African-American president, 2008 was a historic year. The excitement generated by these activities has given way to the realities of the nation’s short- and long-term economic future.

Today, America is at a crossroads. If American companies are to compete and win in a worldwide economy, they will need a  well-educated and well-trained workforce. And for that workforce to be prepared for the jobs of the 21st century, Americans need access to the highest quality education and training opportunities.

For the United States to produce the workforce needed to fill these jobs, the country’s education and training systems will require a significant investment in better teachers, better management, better data, higher standards, and increased innovation.

The Institute for a Competitive Workforce (ICW), a 501(c)3 affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, sits at the intersection of these crossroads. ICW’s focus on improving education and training for all Americans, from early childhood through retirement, positions it to be a leading voice for business and an advocate for education reform.