Thank you. It is an honor to be with the Detroit Economic Club. I understand that 2014 is your 80th anniversary – congratulations. This prestigious organization has lived up to your promise of being a place for people who “share a passion for business, a thirst for knowledge, and a desire to be on the forefront of important business and political issues.”
Today, it seems fitting for me to be back in California – now as Secretary of Commerce – to start a national conversation on the need for greater global fluency in America’s business communities. What that means is helping America’s companies take full advantage of the opportunities to do business all over the world.
I have deep respect for the business leaders here, my many friends who are your members, as well as the organization, World Business Chicago. You are doing so much to make Chicago more innovative and competitive.
It’s great to be here with leaders in business, higher education, labor, and more. Over the past 4 months, I’ve visited 13 states and four countries. My primary goal has been to listen to America’s business community.