On Wednesday, November 28th in Washington, D.C., members of the CEO Council for Growth (CEO Council), Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, and the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, met with U.S. Senator Christopher Coons of Delaware to discuss legislative opportunities to increase high-skilled immigration and improve the environment for innovation and job growth. The conversation focused on retaining top-level talent from universities and facilitating the growth of start-up companies by immigrant entrepreneurs.
Recently, Senator Coons introduced legislation to address some of these issues. In separate action, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a measure (H.R. 6429) on Friday, November 30th to designate green cards for foreign students who graduate from U.S. universities with advanced degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
This summer, the CEO Council kicked off a refreshed and reenergized program that includes a commitment to advocating for a multifaceted agenda focused on the federal role in business growth and innovation. A critical component to the success of this agenda is the attraction, retention and support for top-level talent, particularly in the STEM fields. In addition, as a founding member of the National Metropolitan Business Alliance (NMBA), an association of 17 regional business associations representing major metropolitan areas across the country that value innovation, the CEO Council is working to leverage the strengths of other metropolitan areas to more effectively impact public policy.