WASHINGTON – President-elect Donald Trump announced Friday that he is assembling a team of top business executives to provide input on how regulations and government policies are impacting economic growth and job creation.

"This forum brings together CEOs and business leaders who know what it takes to create jobs and drive economic growth," Trump said in a statement. "My administration is committed to drawing on private sector expertise and cutting the government red tape that is holding back our businesses from hiring, innovating, and expanding right here in America."

The forum will be chaired by Blackstone CEO and co-founder Stephen Schwarzman and is set to have its inaugural meeting the first week of February at the White House.

The Trump transition team released an initial list of 16 business executives who will participate in the forum, including JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon; former Federal Reserve Board Gov. Kevin Warsh; and Paul Atkins, a former commissioner on the Securities and Exchange Commission who is also helping to lead the transition effort at the federal regulators.

BlackRock CEO Larry Fink, who has been associated with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and was rumored to be in the running for a top spot in her administration if she had won, is also on the list.

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