Born at the NAM

Last night the Council on Competitiveness kicked off its 20th anniversary celebration with a spectacular program on innovation at the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC. We’ll have more later on their program and a competitiveness ranking they released that certainly echoes many of the thoughts about the future of manufacturing that you have read on this blog.

John Young, former chairman and CEO of Hewlett Packard was on hand and was feted because of his role in establishing the Council back in 1986 at the suggestion of President Reagan and Vice President H.W. Bush. He was present at the creation and he noted in his remarks to the audience that the Council’s first berth was right here at the NAM where then-President Sandy Trowbridge provided the Council with space and its first $75,000 to get up and running, as well as the 501c3 nonprofit status that was important to it’s growth and launch. The Council has since then grown into its own and is an important voice throughout the nation. Happy 20th birthday, Council on Competitiveness!