February 22, 2011

2010 Annual Report

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Throughout 2010, ICW engaged in a variety of initiatives all aimed at raising awareness for much-needed reforms. ICW convened a high-level panel of experts to discuss the midterm election results and their impact on education and workforce policy; published numerous reports on the importance of business supporting a range of issues, from early childhood education to extended learning time opportunities; trained business leaders to advance education reform in their own communities during its three Business LEADs Institutes; and brought the documentary film Waiting for “Superman” to business audiences in a nationwide 12-city tour; among many other efforts.

In the summer, ICW welcomed Margaret Spellings, former assistant to President George W. Bush for domestic policy and secretary of education, to oversee education and workforce initiatives at the U.S. Chamber. Moving forward, ICW will continue to mobilize its grassroots federation of local and state chambers of commerce to improve educational and training opportunities for all Americans. It is time for the business community to start asking for a return on its investment and asking the tough questions about how and why things are done—much as we do in our own business ventures.

We thank you for your continued interest and support for the Institute for a Competitive Workforce and look forward to a fantastic 2011.