West Virginia Business Leader Participates in White House Forum on Jobs and American Economic Competitiveness

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Chris Yura, CEO of SustainU, was one of more than 120 business leaders who participated in a White House Business Leaders’ Forum last Friday, November 4. The forum brought together CEO’s, senior executives, investors, venture capitalists and small business owners for a chance to share data, ask questions and raise concerns over how to create jobs and improve America’s economic competitiveness.

Senior officials, including White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett, NEC Director Gene Sperling,

Commerce Secretary John Bryson, Deputy Chief of Staff Nancy Ann DeParle, and Federal CTO Aneesh

Chopra, participated in briefings that covered a range of business issues, from regulatory reform, to exports, tax reform and the American Jobs Act.

“Seven out of 10 participants were CEOs and Presidents – and nearly all of them called for dramatic, bipartisan action to address long-term deficits and expressed a desire to create more jobs – but few of them have ever had the opportunity to share their experience and expertise with White House officials here in Washington,” said Jim Doyle, president of Business Forward. “If more local business leaders get involved, we have a better chance at meaningful, pro-growth reform.”


About Business Forward

More than 100 senior Obama Administration officials have participated in Business Forward programming, which is now active in more than 40 cities and has included briefings with thousands of local business leaders. Business Forward counts more than 30 of America’s most respected companies among its Founding and National members, including Aetna, Alcoa, American Airlines, AT&T, Bank of New York Mellon, CIT, Citi, Comcast, Dow, Duke, Facebook, Fidelity, Ford, Hilton, HP, Intuit, KPMG, Lockheed, McDonalds, Microsoft, Nike, Qualcomm, Shell, T-Mobile, Time Warner, Time Warner Cable, Verizon, Visa and Wal-Mart.


On the web: http://www.businessfwd.org