Resolving to Support America’s Growth and Competitiveness

January 12, 2015
Senior Adviser, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

I’m not the type of person who makes a long list of resolutions every time I get a new calendar. I find it easier to select one or two big things to focus on in the new year, and that usually sets me off on the right path.

At the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, we have a long list of goals for 2015 that are all focused on two things: promoting a greater understanding of current economic, financial and public affairs issues and ensuring America’s long-term competitiveness by examining issues in education and workforce preparation.

We’ll continue to roll out programs that promote innovation and entrepreneurship. We’ll keep working to bolster our education system and close the skills gap in America. And we’ll fight to expand job opportunities for women and veterans.

But to achieve our goals, we need our government leaders to take growth and competitiveness into account when they craft policies in 2015 and beyond.

The new year is an opportunity to start fresh.

Later this week we’ll hear from my friend Tom Donohue, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, who will offer his annual address on the State of American Business.

Tom has always been a fierce advocate for policies that spur economic growth, and I expect he’ll continue to urge our leaders to focus on economic growth. The issue of growth is identified in our recent Growth Imperative report, and is crucial to maintaining American competitiveness.

Everyone agrees that we need more economic growth in 2015. While recent data show that growth has rebounded over the last few quarters, the long-term projections – including even 2014’s forecasted annual growth – still lag far behind the historical norm. We must continue to examine important issues related to America’s economic climate and promote understanding of current issues. 

I am resolving to make 2015 a year when we achieve great things at the Foundation. In turn, I believe that we can achieve great things in America. 

John R. McKernan Jr. is President of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation.