Today, Secretary Locke joined President Obama at the White House for the first meeting of the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness . Today’s meeting served as a forum on how to continue the dialogue
between government and the private sector. The Council is focused on finding new ways to promote growth by investing in American business to encourage hiring, to educate and train our workers to compete globally, and to attract the best jobs and businesses to the United States. The Council’s members represent various sectors of the economy, bringing diverse perspectives on how the government can best promote growth, spark innovation, create new jobs, and invest in American competiveness so we can out-compete the rest of the world. As part of the effort to bring diverse perspectives to the table, two
of the Council Members are small business owners, representing the
critical role small businesses play as the backbone of our economy and
in securing America’s future prosperity.
The President and Secretary Locke talked with the Council  about:
- Helping entrepreneurs get the financing they need to get started and helping existing business owners get the financing they need to expand their businesses,
- Ensuring that our workforce is equipped with the skills they need to out-compete the rest of the world,
- And bolstering job growth at home by promoting American exports across the globe, especially in 21st century industries like clean energy.
See more in this White House blog post .