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The Center for Public Policy Innovation
Hosts its First Public Policy Forum on

Restoring U.S. Competitiveness

Stakeholders Build Consensus on Key Policy
Issues Vital to Job Creation in U.S.

A standing room only crowd yesterday afternoon participated in a lively, interactive discussion on the topic of innovation and entrepreneurship by submitting dozens of questions through text messages and Tweets. The crowd, which included congressional staff, Administration officials, and industry leaders, was brought together by the not-for-profit Center for Public Policy Innovation (CPPI), with support from the Digital Dialogue Forum (DDF), Qualcomm, Dell, and VeriSign. CPPI's President and CEO Chris Long organized the event to build consensus on policy issues that are vital to fostering innovation and strengthening the United States' competitive position within the global marketplace.

Peggy Johnson's remarks focused on the restoration of U.S. leadership in driving innovation and the public policy needed to foster that leadership position

Peggy Johnson, Executive Vice President and President of Global Market Development for Qualcomm, delivered keynote remarks. "In just 25 years, Qualcomm has become the world leader in wireless technology and innovation has been at the heart of our achievements. Federal government policies played a key role in the success of our inventions and are critical to enabling the next generation of U.S. innovation," Johnson said.

The panel discussion featured John Backus, Founder and Managing Partner, New Atlantic Ventures; Brink Lindsey, Senior Scholar, Research and Policy, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation; and Tom Weithman, Vice President and GAP Funds Managing Director at the Center for Innovative Technology. Gautham Nagesh from The Hill newspaper moderated the discussion, while weaving in questions from attendees. The panelists addressed an array of issues including the tax and regulatory policy challenges faced by start-up companies, the creation and sustainment of manufacturing in the United States, workforce issues, and the federal government's role in providing leadership to spur innovation.

Panelists discuss various policy issues that affect entrepreneurs in the U.S.

"America's economic future rests in its continued leadership in innovation," said Congressman Jared Polis(D-CO-2), the co-chairman of the Congressional Caucus on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, during closing remarks. "Disturbingly, studies show that entrepreneurs are leaving our shores because many feel that the business climate overseas offers them better opportunities. We must accelerate American innovation by reducing barriers to entrepreneurship so we can create jobs here at home. Working together, Democrats and Republicans must foster an economic climate that will create the next generation of great American innovators."

Congressman Jared Polis rushed back from a series of votes to deliver closing remarks

Yesterday's public policy forum is the first in a series of events that CPPI and DDF will hold over the course of the year to spotlight key policy issues affecting the global competitiveness of American businesses.

The series will foster collaboration between government and industry to shape the public debate on the proper role of industry and government in promoting innovation, and seek consensus to address these challenges.