Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson Hosts Innovation Roundtable in Dallas
Congresswoman Johnson hosts innovation roundtable meeting in her Dallas office
Dallas, TX - (Tuesday, June 28, 2016) – On June 27, 2016, Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) held a listening session roundtable on innovation in her Congressional office in Dallas. The purpose of the roundtable was to assess the challenges facing the U.S. in sustaining its leadership in innovation, and to identify the bold new steps and initiatives that are needed to ensure that America remains first in the world in innovation.
The roundtable included experts from industry, academia, and early investors in the Dallas area. Represented at the roundtable were Texas Instruments, the Microsoft Technology Center in Dallas, Tech Wildcatters, Mary Kay, the School for the Talented and Gifted, AT&T, Toyota North America, UT Southwestern, and ExxonMobil.
In her prepared remarks Congresswoman Johnson said, “As a proud resident of Dallas, with so many groundbreaking, innovative, important industries and educational institutions, and as Ranking Member of the House Science Committee, I believe that the investments in our science, innovation, and education enterprise are so important because they are essential for the U.S.’s long-term economic growth and competitiveness.
“If the U.S. falls behind in technology and innovation, our nation’s economic competitiveness will suffer. The American people will see fewer opportunities and a lower standard of living.
“That’s why I’m proud to have worked on legislation such as bills to help bring more diversity to the STEM fields, a bill to ensure that we remain a leader in engineering biology, and of course, the America COMPETES Act.
“At the core of the original America COMPETES Act, which passed with strong bipartisan support, was a strategy of increasing our national competitiveness through sustained investment in research and development and in STEM education. It focused on making prudent investments today so that our children and grandchildren can enjoy a higher standard of living than the one we have enjoyed thanks to the investments of preceding generations.
“I want to hear from you what bold new steps and initiatives we in Congress can be pursuing to help continue that legacy.”