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    November 29, 2018
    Commentary by Thomas J. Donohew, President & CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce 



    Our economy is rapidly being reshaped by technology and other forces that are creating opportunity as well as disruption – and with it, insecurity for many businesses and workers. 

    Much of this insecurity can be attributed to two gaps that are preventing our nation from leveraging its talent and people from realizing their potential. The first is a skills gap – too many people lack the skills or credentials necessary to compete for 21st century jobs. The second is a people gap – too many businesses can’t find the workers they need, when and where they need them. Closing both gaps is imperative to our competitiveness.

    Businesses are already leading this national imperative. We have the ideas, influence, and incentives to drive change and create solutions.

    To close the skills gap, we’re working with all the stakeholders to address shortcomings in education. We’re highlighting the need for high-quality childcare and early education and advocating for rigorous standards and accountability in our K-12 schools to better prepare students for college or a career.  Read More