State-Level Competitiveness Program
The Institute works closely with several US governors to help them hone their approach to attracting job-creating foreign direct investment. Our core competitiveness program is a partnership with states in the Great Lakes region.
Working with the Council of Great Lakes Governors, the Institute is honing strategies to help match investors and recipients to sectoral opportunities. Work is also focusing on how to connect Great Lakes-based R&D and innovation to foreign deployment opportunities while opening markets in China. The Council includes the governors of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, as well as the Canadian premiers of Ontario and Quebec.
The Institute convenes a series of competitiveness forums around the United States. These aim to address the implications of the changing global economy for US competitiveness and opportunities, and the challenges associated with foreign direct investment.
Working with McKinsey & Company and a small number of universities, the Institute is exploring models that would link Chinese investors to the US innovation engine, especially in areas related to demand-side needs in the China market. The aim is to design fresh models that capture value in both countries but do not sacrifice America’s innovation edge or intellectual property protection. Our dialogue in this area aims, ultimately, to lead to a pilot initiative.