IT CEO’s Call For Renewed Focus On U.S. Growth…

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We’re all feeling fiscal insecurity, some more than others.  The recent trend of IT outsourcing has only validated many IT professional’s lack of confidence in the economy. Recently chief executives from leading high-tech companies called on policymakers to partner with them to establish new policy priorities that are expected to increase U.S. growth and competitiveness and help create new American jobs.


Members of the Computer Systems Policy Project (CSPP) have asked policymakers in Washington to strengthen all sectors of the economy. “As the U.S. encounters new global realities policymakers face a choice: We can compete in the international arena, or we can retreat,” said Craig Barrett, CEO of Intel Corp. and chairman of CSPP. “America can only grow jobs and improve its competitiveness by choosing to compete globally, and that will require renewed focus on innovation, education and investment.”




The CSPP’s preliminary proposal is outlined in a report, available online, titled “Choose to Compete: How Innovation, Investment and Productivity Can Grow U.S. Jobs and Ensure American Competitiveness in the 21st Century.”  The three initiatives in the proposal are: promoting and strengthening America’s innovation pipeline, encouraging investment in technologies and infrastructure that promote competitiveness and fuel entrepreneurship and improving education and training for American students and workers.




“As a nation we must renew our investment in competitiveness, just as businesses must do,” said Carly Fiorina, chairman and CEO of HP.  “Today we’re calling on our national leaders to partner with the private sector to develop a competitiveness agenda that maintains the processes and discipline that made the U.S. the leading technology exporter it is today. With the right framework in place, we can continue to innovate, boost productivity across all sectors of the economy and maintain that leadership.”

In February, the CEO members of CSPP, which include Michael Dell of Dell, Joseph Tucci of EMC, Carly Fiorina of HP, Sam Palmisano of IBM, Craig Barrett of Intel, Ed Zander of Motorola, Mark Hurd of NCR and Larry Weinbach of Unisys, will bring their message to policymakers on Capitol Hill and throughout the Administration when they visit Washington for their semi-annual meeting.  

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Tanisha Blakely is editor of electronic media for Certification Magazine. She can be reached at

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