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A new group created by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce aims to strengthen the future workforce in the U.S. by improving primary and secondary education.

The Institute for a Competitive Workforce, formed through the merger of the Chamber’s Center for Workforce Preparation and its Business Education Network, will serve as a liaison between the business community, schools and policy makers.

The institute plans to operate at the local and regional levels by offering programs that push pro-education efforts and by replicating strategies that have proven effective in other geographic areas.

The group also will conduct and disseminate education-related research, including state-by-state report cards that will drive needed reform.

The institute will hold its inaugural event, the Education and Workforce Summit, Oct. 4-6 in Dallas, featuring Margaret Spellings, U.S. secretary of education, as keynote speaker.

For information on the summit, visit the Chamber’s website.

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