Council-Led Coalition Takes Center Stage for Infrastructure Week 2014

May 28, 2014

The turn-out of leading business, labor and NGOs that banded together to deliver a united message to policy makers on America’s failing roads, rails, runways and waterways was nothing shy of spectacular.

Over the course of last week dozens of events and activities were held as part of Infrastructure Week 2014 (May 12-16). The entire week was designed to build awareness about America’s infrastructure challenges and the need to focus the nation’s attention on critical infrastructure needs impacting U.S. competitiveness.

The week kicked-off with an event at Washington, D.C.’s Newseum and was led by the Council, the U.S Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and the Organization for International Investment (OFII).

Infrastructure Week’s first day was capped by a Council hosted leadership salon at the National Geographic Society, attended by top CEOs and Members of Congress. The evening set out to examine critical infrastructure issues-including a vision around strategic long-term investments and public-private partnerships.

The Council’s High Performance Computing Advisory Committee (HPCAC) is embarking on some exciting and ambitious goals in 2014.

During the HPCAC’s April meeting, committee members discussed next steps regarding the formation of committee working groups on access, software and skills – which were identified by members as most important to driving competitiveness through HPC.

Over the next several months, committee working groups will conduct research and host workshops and roundtables on each of these core topics areas before reporting their findings to the full committee.

Patricia Falcone with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) provided an afternoon keynote address on the Administration’s goals for HPC. In her speech, Falcone discussed the three key areas for advancing HPC, which includes basic science, national security and economic competitiveness.

HPC impacts nearly every industry from investment banking to manufacturing -to predicting the next super storm. HPC makes enormous contributions not only to science and national security, but also to business innovation and competitiveness. The Council’s HPCAC is committed to promoting the value of advanced computing to policymakers and the public. Members will convene again in November.

If you’d like to learn more about the value of HPC, Check out this video.