Obama's Priorities

Illustrations by Ed Nacional for Newsweek

After meeting with his Jobs and Competitiveness Council in North Carolina last week, President Obama said that former president Clinton will help spearhead a national effort to create jobs by offering incentives to building owners to invest in energy-efficient upgrades. The following are other measures the president's council suggested:

  • Graduate 10,000 new American engineers annually by partnering with firms and universities to encourage students to pursue math- and science-related fields.
  • Reduce the shortage in skilled manufacturing employees by working with companies and community colleges to get people accredited more quickly.
  • Speed up the approval process for foreign-born entrepreneurs trying to live and work in the United States.
  • Streamline the process for approving large infrastructure projects.