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Posted on Sustainabilitank.info on June 16th, 2011
by Pincas Jawetz (pj@sustainabilitank.info)


More Than 600 Leaders From Business, Government, and Civil Society To Attend, Including Haley Barbour, Stephanie Burns, Mitch Daniels, Rahm Emanuel, Roger W. Ferguson, Jr., Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner, Jennifer Granholm, John Hickenlooper, Tony Hsieh, Judith Rodin, James E. Rogers, and Tom Vilsack.

June 16, 2011, NEW YORK — Today, President Bill Clinton announced the program and featured participants for CGI America, which will bring together more than 600 leaders from businesses, nonprofits, and all levels of government to develop and highlight ideas for spurring economic growth and creating jobs in the United States. The event, the first Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) meeting to focus exclusively on the U.S., will take place in Chicago on June 29-30.

“I am looking forward to taking the Clinton Global Initiative model — which has already improved the lives of 300 million people worldwide — and applying it to challenges within the U.S.,” President Clinton said. “Innovative job creation initiatives are being implemented across the country, and CGI America will bring together leaders from all sectors to share their ideas so we can replicate and expand the most successful strategies.”

At CGI America, participants will focus on strengthening American industries, unlocking capital for innovation and entrepreneurship, advancing energy efficiency and smart infrastructure, and educating the next generation for the workforce. The CGI America program will include panel discussions on: Education in America: Regaining Our Edge, which will explore how to revitalize the U.S. educational system and train American workers for the 21st century economy; American
Success Stories,
which will highlight leaders who have spurred job growth by developing creative responses to unique local challenges; and Energy Innovation and the Built Environment, which will explore how cities can create jobs and reduce emissions by making buildings more sustainable.

The meeting will also include working groups on green buildings, the healthcare workforce, infrastructure, manufacturing, the rural economy, service corps, startups, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education, veteran employment, and workforce development. During the working group sessions, participants will develop Commitments to Action – new, specific, and measurable plans to spur job creation and improve the economy.

For more information please visit www.CGIAmerica.org

The sponsors of CGI America are: the J.B. & M.K. Pritzker Family Foundation, Tom Golisano, the Dow Chemical Company, the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, and ExxonMobil.

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