Today, Ambassador Ron Kirk traveled to New York City to host a White House Business Council roundtable co-hosted by Guggenheim Partners and Business Forward. Ambassador Kirk’s roundtable was attended by business leaders from the New York City area. Business Forward is an association of U.S. companies with the goal of bringing more business leaders into the policymaking process.
Ambassador Kirk spoke to the roundtable about the recently-passed trade agreements with Korea, Panama and Colombia, as well as enforcement issues. Additionally, Ambassador Kirk discussed the American Jobs Act and engaged the participants in various trade topics.
The White House Business Council is one of the key forums for the Obama Administration to communicate and engage with business leaders around the country. The council is comprised of over 225 senior administration officials from the Cabinet level down to senior White House officials. Since April 2011, when President Obama re-launched the council, it has hosted more than 175 roundtable discussions, each with 15-25 local business leaders.