Innovation: A Good Bill And Soon a Summit

By August 6, 2007Innovation

How about something positive this morning about Congress, something to cleanse the palate after the House’s passage Saturday of the distasteful anti-energy bills? Yes? OK? Well, then….

Congratulations to the member of Congress who helped pass the COMPETES Act, H.R. 2272. As our news release noted:

The conference agreement on the COMPETES Act ( H.R. 2272 ) includes a number of NAM priorities, including provisions that would increase funding for basic R&D; strengthen educational opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM); improve teacher training and provide adequate funding for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP). The bipartisan compromise also would establish the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Energy (ARPA-Energy) to perform the long-term, high-risk research necessary for next generation technologies – a recommendation from the NAM’s own comprehensive energy strategy, Energy Security for American Competitiveness.

Lots there to discuss at the Department of Commerce’s National Summit on Competitiveness, scheduled for Sept. 18th in the Reagan Center just across Pennsylvania Avenue from the NAM. (Commerce news release here.)

Scheduled to join Gutierrez, as moderators, are CNBC’s Maria Bartiromo, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Director John Marburger, and White House Council on Environmental Quality Chairman James Connaughton.

Confirmed speakers include Rick Wagoner, Chairman/CEO of General Motors, Frederick Smith, Chairman/CEO of FedEx, Craig Barrett, Chairman of Intel, Arden Bement, Director of the National Science Foundation, James Press, President of Toyota Motor North America and Louis Gerstner, retired Chairman/CEO of IBM.

More info on the Summit here.

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