As the new Congress begins its work, lawmakers and President Obama face both the immediate task of creating new jobs, and the long-term challenge of bringing record budget deficits under control while strengthening and sustaining economic growth.
On January 12, the Brookings Institution gathered the CEOs of leading U.S. businesses for a day-long series of panels addressing innovation in key business sectors, including information technology, green technology, defense and manufacturing. The program also included state and federal budget experts who discussed ways to reduce the budget deficit without strangling the economic recovery. Brookings experts lead the discussions to draw out ideas to advise policymakers on strategies for fostering growth and innovation.
Following each panel, the participants took questions from the audience.