Chicago to Host Summit on U.S. Job Growth

June 28, 2011

The Windy City will welcome a former president to town this week.

Bill Clinton, through the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), is hosting a summit that will address ways to spur economic growth and create jobs across the country.

CGI America, in its first-ever event focused solely on issues affecting the United States, will take place right here in Chicago, at the Sheraton Hotel and Towers on June 29-30.

The program will bring together more than 600 business, nonprofit and government leaders, including Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, to figure out ways to re-energize the economy and lower the U.S. unemployment rate, which hovers near 9 percent.

CGI America will focus on these topics:

*Strengthening American industries

*Making buildings more sustainable to create jobs and reduce emissions

*Unlocking capital for innovation and entrepreneurship

*Educating the next generation for the 21st-century economy

There will be panel discussions and working group sessions, in which participants will be asked to make Commitments to Action — to create and implement new, specific plans to spur job creation and improve the economy.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner will join President Clinton at the closing session for a special one-on-one conversation about the Obama Administration’s plans to help spur private sector job creation and improve America’s competitiveness.

“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.,” said President Clinton.

“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.”

Here is a list of the leaders and corporations that will be in town for CGI America:

Haley Barbour, governor of Mississippi, Stephanie Burns, chairman of Dow Corning, Mitch Daniels, governor of Indiana, Roger W. Ferguson, Jr., president and CEO of TIAA-CREF, Anthony Foxx, mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina, Jennifer Granholm, former governor of Michigan, John Hickenlooper, governor of Colorado, Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos, Bob McCann, CEO of UBS Wealth Management Americas, Pete Peterson, founder of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, Michael Porter, professor at Harvard Business School, J.B. Pritzker, managing partner, the Pritzker Group, Judith Rodin, president of the Rockefeller Foundation, James E. Rogers, chairman, president, and CEO of Duke Energy, Antonio Villaraigosa, mayor of Los Angeles, and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.

Aetna, AFL-CIO, American Federation of Teachers, APCO Worldwide, Applied Materials, AstraZeneca, Bank of America, Bayer, Becton, Dickinson & Co. (BD), Best Buy, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, Booz Allen Hamilton, the Brookings Institution, BT Group, CareerBuilder.com, Carnegie Corporation of New York, Center for American Progress, Cisco, City Year, the Coca-Cola Company, Covanta Energy, Darden Restaurants, Deutsche Bank Americas, the Dow Chemical Company, the Economist, Edelman, Eli Lilly & Company, Ernst & Young, ExxonMobil, Facebook, Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold, the Ford Foundation, the Goldman Sachs Group, Habitat for Humanity International, Hertz, Hess, Intel, the J.B. & M.K. Pritzker Family Foundation, Johnson & Johnson, Johnson Controls, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Kiva.org, LinkedIn, Lockheed Martin, McKinsey & Company, Microsoft, the Newsweek Daily Beast Company, NRG Energy, Pat Tillman Foundation, Paychex, Procter & Gamble, Prudential Financial, Rotary International, Teach for America, the Travelers Companies, United Auto Workers, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Labor, United Nations Foundation, USAID, Verizon Wireless, Visa, Wyndham Worldwide Corporation, and Zynga.

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