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Business Leaders Discuss Economic Priorities with White House Officials

Business leaders from across the country gathered at the White House this week to brief the President’s economic advisors on how to create jobs and accelerate our economic recovery. Immigration reform, infrastructure investment and workforce development were among the most frequently cited drivers of potential growth. Senior Obama Administration officials outlined several initiatives they are promoting to speed up economic growth and encourage more hiring, including the President’s push...

San Francisco Business Leaders Discuss Manufacturing

Chaundra Brown, the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Manufacturing at the Department of Commerce, traveled to San Francisco last week to meet with business leaders for a roundtable discussion on the U.S. manufacturing industry. The group discussed a wide-range of topics, including workforce development for America’s youth. Small business owners and entrepreneurs at the table expressed frustration with the manufacturing industry’s messaging, saying the types of job opportunities that exist...

Labor Department’s Chief EconomistNovember Jobs Numbers Webinar

On Monday, the Department of Labor’s Chief Economist, Dr. Jennifer Hunt, signed online for a webinar with business leaders across the country. During the webinar, Dr. Hunt discussed last week’s November jobs numbers and laid out what they meant for the U.S. economy. In November, the economy experienced better than average job growth, adding 203,000 jobs. This number could have been higher without October’s government shutdown, debt ceiling, and political uncertainty. Unemployment also...

Business Leaders meet with HUD Secretary, Colorado Governor, and the Senate Majority Leader

Last week, Secretary Donovan of the U.S. Housing and Urban Development agency traveled west to speak with business leaders about recent developments in their communities. On Wednesday, Secretary Donovan and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid visited Las Vegas, Nevada, an area that experienced one of the worst housing crises following the 2008 recession. Today, however, Las Vegas is one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the country. At the business leader roundtable, the group...

Richmond Business Leaders Discuss Promise Zones

A child’s zip code should never decide their future, yet all across the country, children’s communities are impacting their academic, health, and economic opportunities. That’s why Deputy Secretary Jones of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development met with business leaders in Richmond, Virginia last week. At the roundtable, the group discussed ways that the public sector could work with the private sector to provide people in impoverished neighborhoods the prospect to climb...

South Carolina Business Leaders Discuss Climate Change

Tackling climate change is more than just a moral imperative -- it makes good economic sense. Business leaders in Charleston, SC met this week with Dan Poneman, Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy to discuss ways in which American businesses can innovate the solutions needed to protect our environment, reduce harmful pollution and promote economic growth. Small business owners at the roundtable briefed the Deputy Secretary on the challenges their communities face as...

Labor Department Chief Economist on the October Jobs Report

On Tuesday, the Department of Labor’s Chief Economist, Dr. Jennifer Hunt, spoke with business leaders on a webinar to discuss the October jobs numbers report. Despite the shutdown and debt ceiling debates in October, the American economy saw job growth, adding 204,000 jobs. While the job growth was positive, Dr. Hunt suggested that the shutdown might have suppressed the growth spurt. She also concluded that the November jobs report would give a more in-depth look into the shutdown’s...

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy on Climate Change

Gina McCarthy, the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, spoke with business leaders in Kansas City, Missouri and Chicago, Illinois last week to discuss the environment and the effects it has on the business industry. On Wednesday, November 6th, Administrator McCarthy traveled to Kansas City. Business Forward partnered with the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce to host the Administrator for a business leader roundtable. On Thursday, November 7th, Administrator...

700 Business Leaders Attend Urban Economic Conference in Detroit

Close to 700 business leaders gathered at The Detroit Marriott on Thursday, November 7 for the second annual Urban Economic Conference hosted by Business Forward and the Michigan Black Chamber of Commerce. The day-long conference offered business leaders the opportunity to attend panels featuring many officials from the Obama Administration. Following welcoming remarks, business leaders attended a panel to learn more about the Affordable Care Act and how it is impacting businesses...

Gene Sperling on federal spending

In case you missed last month’s budget discussion with Gene Sperling, here’s the C-SPAN video of the event. Sperling, the Director of the National Economic Council and top White House economic advisor, spoke with business leaders about upcoming budget negotiations with Congress, and illustrated what a path to better economic growth would look like. You can watch the full event here. Don’t miss out on discussions like these in the future -- sign up for email updates to receive more...

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