“Three Ways States Can Accelerate their Competitiveness”


FedEx Chairman and CEO Fredrick W. Smith, addressed the 2015 National Conference for the Council of State Governments and outlined the ‘Three Ways States Can Accelerate their Competitiveness’.

Mr. Smith said the keys to creating more competitive states and healthier economies are to:

  • Foster technology innovation within our businesses, large and small.
  • Train our workforce for innovative jobs of the future, and
  • Embrace trade agreements and infrastructure investment. Both will stimulate a more prosperous state economy.

“FedEx knows the power of connecting the world, and we know you want every business and entrepreneur in your state to feel that power as well. That’s why it’s important to encourage innovation in organizations across the states. That’s why it’s important to train your workers for innovation jobs. And that’s why it’s important to advocate for trade agreements that simplify international trade for businesses of all sizes.

“These approaches get ideas, products and services to markets in more countries. They help make our states more competitive in the global marketplace. Ultimately, they stimulate more jobs and boost not only state economies but the economy of all of America as well.”

For a full copy of Mr. Smith’s remarks click here.