The Atlantic hosted a summit on the future of manufacturing in the U.S. on Thursday in Washington, D.C.
Business, government and labor experts discussed the impact of technology on industry, the consequences of an "insourcing boom" on workforce development and efforts to promote global competitiveness.
General Electric Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Immelt sat down for an interview with The Economist's U.S. Economics Editor Greg Ip.
Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO) and John McCain (R-AZ) also participated in interviews to discuss immigration's impact on the future of the American workforce.
Other notable participants included: Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA), chair of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship; Neil Gershenfeld, director of MIT's Center for Bits and Atoms; and Thea Lea, economist and deputy chief of staff at the AFL-CIO.