Just as President Eisenhower and the greatest generation ensured economic growth for generations through modernization, the conditions are ripe for us to make investments today that our children and grandchildren will continue to reap for decades to come as well. Panelists from across the political spectrum worked together to outline a blueprint for the sort of economic incentives, technological innovations, and government and business perspectives that, if seized upon through strong policies, will create a lodestone for American competitiveness and economic prosperity.

A special focus of this panel was on how shifting our perspectives on financing can reframe the issue and make big results much more achievable—whether that entails creating a capital budget for the United States or simply examining how private sector investors can be drawn to each major infrastructure opportunity to help reduce government’s share of the burden and provide the architecture for self-liquidating investments.

Featured Panelists

Robert Atkinson

Robert Atkinson is the founder and president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation.

Robert D. Hormats

Robert D. Hormats is the vice chairman of Kissinger and Associates and former undersecretary for economic, business, and agricultural affairs at the U.S. Department of State.

Will Marshall

Will Marshall is the president and founder of the Progressive Policy Institute. 

Rosabeth M. Kanter

Rosabeth M. Kanter is the Ernest L. Arbuckle professor at Harvard Business School and chair and director of the Harvard University Advanced Leadership Initiative.

Neera Tanden

Neera Tanden is the president of the Center for American Progress and the Center for American Progress Action Fund

Felicia Wong

Felicia Wong is the president and CEO of the Roosevelt Institute.

Full List of Discussants

Carl Bernstein
Deborah Gordon, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Edward Luce, Financial Times
David Livingston, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Jeff Madrick, Century Foundation
Robert Puentes, Brookings Institution
Heidi Crebo-Rediker, Council on Foreign Relations
Edward G. Rendell, Brookings Institution
Michael Sargent, Heritage Foundation
Bernard L. Schwartz, BLS Investments, LLC
Damon Silvers, AFL-CIO
Scott Smith, Harvard Kennedy School of Government