Council on Competitiveness (COC)
United States


Founded in 1986, the U.S. Council on Competitiveness is a non-partisan leadership organization of corporate CEOs, university presidents, labor leaders and national laboratory directors committed to advancing U.S. competitiveness in the global economy and a rising standard of living for all Americans. ​


Dedicated to building U.S. prosperity, the Council plays a powerful role in shaping America’s future by setting an action agenda to assess U.S. competitiveness, identify emerging forces transforming the economy, catalyze thought leaders who drive change and galvanize stakeholders to act. The Council’s integrated view of competitiveness cuts across four pillars: TALENT, TECHNOLOGY, INFRASTRUCTURE and INVESTMENT. All are reflected in strategic initiatives designed to move policymakers from knowledge to action. ​


The roots of the Council trace back to the Reagan-era Commission on Industrial Competitiveness, chaired by Hewlett-Packard CEO John Young, who founded the Council at the conclusion of the Commission’s work. ​


Created to engage the private sector in responding to the competitiveness challenges of the 1980s and the rise of international competition from countries such as Japan and Germany, the Council charted new territory in raising competitiveness to a tier-one issue and a lens through which to focus policymaking. ​


For thirty years, the Council has addressed national competitiveness comprehensively, examining a range of critical economic issues including research and development, advanced manufacturing, access to capital, high-skilled workforce training, trade and the key role of government in creating a pro-growth environment in which companies compete and Americans prosper.