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Welcome to Business Roundtable Today, the BRT blog

Aug 16, 2011

Welcome to Business Roundtable Today, the BRT’s new blog.  At the BRT blog, we plan to focus on the world of business and economics, policy and politics. Yes, that’s familiar territory for a D.C.-based blog. What’s the niche? Our goal is to draw on the expertise and insights of BRT members, staff and allies to speak clearly about the major issues of the day from the BRT’s unique perspective: the voice of America’s CEOs

Business Roundtable is the trade association that represents 200-plus chief executive officers of leading U.S. companies that produce $6 trillion in revenues and year and employ millions of Americans. These companies represent all sectors of the economy, including manufacturing, retail, financial services, mining, energy and technology. 

The CEOs can speak for themselves and their companies, of course. On the other hand, BRT member corporations make notable contributions to America through their investment, innovation and good works, and the blog will highlight these on a regular basis.

A key focus of the BRT blog will also be to take on the larger issues that affect U.S. competitiveness: overregulation – capricious, arbitrary and otherwise – our tax system, trade, and the need for a comprehensive “all of the above” energy policy. And whatever else seems blogworthy …

The BRT blog will also feature the observations of Business Roundtable President John Engler, a former three-term governor of Michigan who came to the association in January 2011, after heading the National Association of Manufacturers for six-plus years. 

For now, I’ll be handling the bulk of the writing duties. I’m Carter Wood, speechwriter here at Business Roundtable. I’m a news reporter by training, with experience in politics, speechwriting, lobbying and other things from Oregon to North Dakota to Washington, D.C.  (Here’s the bio.) Like the boss, I have an NAM connection, having worked there for five years on writing assignments, including the blog, Shopfloor.

I plan to post regularly and the blog will accept comments, which will be moderated. The usual restrictions apply: No profanity, no personal attacks, and you shouldn’t expect the BRT to serve as forum for ugly campaigns against our members. Otherwise, expect liberal approvals.

Also, we love tips, suggestions and, well, just general feedback. Feel free to write to me (cwood@brt.org) or my colleague, Joe Crea who manages BRT’s digital strategy (jcrea@brt.org).

Consider this post the soft launch of a dry run of a maiden voyage. We’ll be working on content, contributors, format and minimizing metaphors over the next month or so, and try to make an official splash sometime in September. For now, welcome. 


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