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President Clinton Opens 2012 Clinton Global Initiative America Meeting By Bringing Together Public and Private Sector Leaders to Help Spur the U.S. Economy

June 07, 2012

Attendees at the second annual CGI America will make 58 new commitments that will positively impact nearly 3.9 million people in the United States
STEM education, employing veterans, housing recovery, infrastructure, manufacturing, and clean energy among topics to be addressed during the two-day working meeting

New York, NY Today, President Bill Clinton convenes nearly 1,000 leaders representing Fortune 500 companies, nonprofits, foundations, and government, including governors, mayors, and members of the Obama Administration, for the opening day of Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) America. The second annual meeting is dedicated to forging collaborative solutions and generating commitments to address the United States’ most pressing economic challenges.

“At CGI America, so many key decision-makers from all levels of government, all sectors of the economy, and all sides of the political spectrum are bringing their experience and different perspectives to address economic recovery in the U.S.,” said President Clinton. “As of today, our attendees have made 58 commitments, which, when fully funded and implemented, will directly affect the lives of nearly 3.9 million people. I look forward to seeing the collaboration and partnerships that will be created at this year’s meeting.”

President Clinton will open the meeting, announce new commitments and progress on commitments made at the 2011 CGI America meeting, and will lead discussions on the opportunities for and challenges to economic recovery in the United States. Plenary sessions include “Jumpstart Nation: Getting America Back to Work,” featuring Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel; President of the American Federation of Teachers Randi Weingarten; President of The Joyce Foundation Ellen Alberding; President and CEO of Coca-Cola Refreshments at The Coca-Cola Company Steve Cahillane; Chief Executive Officer of Permac Industries Darlene Miller; U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis; and Chairman and CEO of M&T Bank Corporation Robert G. Wilmers.

Job creation, stimulating economic growth, fostering innovation, and supporting workforce development in the United States will be dominant themes of the plenary sessions during the opening day of the meeting. Attendees will also break into 12 topic-specific Working Groups that address issues such as advanced manufacturing, small business and entrepreneurship, reconnecting youth, clean energy, STEM education, housing recovery, financial inclusion, and wellness, and will work together to explore paths to U.S. economic recovery and develop Commitments to Action: new, specific ways to confront a pressing economic challenge in the Unites States.

When fully funded and implement, the new commitments announced today will facilitate the hiring of 500,000 veterans and military spouses, convert 10,000 trucks into plug-in hybrids, and provide $15 million in loans to small businesses in Chicago and Los Angles to support their local economies. Managing Partner of the Pritzker Group J.B. Pritzker also announced the creation of a new philanthropic investment fund dedicated to advancing private sector innovations in early childhood education for disadvantaged children.

The 2012 CGI America meeting features a diverse lineup of leaders including: U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin; U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan; Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer; the Honorable Ms. Katherine Hammack, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment; Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber; New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu; Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration Karen Mills; Managing Partner at FLOODGATE Ann Miura-Ko; Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed; San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders; Executive Director of the Colorado Cleantech Industry Association Christine Shapard; Astrophysicist and Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History Neil deGrasse Tyson; Executive Vice President of corporate relations at Allstate Insurance Joan Walker; and Chief Economist at Moody’s Analytics Mark Zandi.

CGI America is sponsored by J.B. & M.K. Pritzker Family Foundation, Allstate Insurance Company, The Dow Chemical Company, ExxonMobil, The Joyce Foundation, The Peter G. Peterson Foundation and APCO Worldwide.

The full program, webcast schedule, and list of all CGI America commitments is available here: 

The following new commitments and progress reports will be announced today:

Got Your Six Campaign
Commitment By: ServiceNation
Partners: Student Veterans of America; National Chamber Foundation; Pat Tillman Foundation; The Mission Continues; Give an Hour; Military Child Education Coalition; Blue Star Families; 100,000 Homes
Summary: Service Nation created the Got Your Six Campaign, collaborative effort based on partnerships formed at CGI America 2011 between the entertainment community and nonprofit community. The campaign aims to bridge the gap between civilians and the military to focus on veterans’ wellness through six core pillars including: jobs, leadership, education, housing, health, and family. Got Your 6 and its partners aim to directly impact the lives of 1.3 million veterans and military families by the end of 2014.

Elevating Entrepreneurs: UBS Small Business Advisory Program
Commitment By: UBS AG
Partners: Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce; City of Los Angeles
Summary: Building off the success of a New York City pilot, UBS commits to expand its Small Business Advisory Program to 20 additional small businesses in Los Angeles and Chicago. The Advisor Program will meet with a small business owner over six months to identify goals and plans to grow and strengthen the business and UBS will be offering loans – between $50,000 and $250,000 – to small business in these two metro areas.

Year Up’s Professional Training Corps
Commitment By: Year Up
Summary: In 2011, Year Up committed to adapting its successful direct service program to create a learning pathway for low-income young adults that closely links college and employment. The program will reside within a community college and help students both earn an associate’s degree and gain significant, relevant work experience. Through this five-year commitment, Year Up will directly serve 300 young adults and develop a model capable of scaling to serve 100,000 students annually.

Hybrid Retrofits For 10,000 Trucks in 2013 & 90,000 by 2016
Commitment By:  ALTe Powertrain Technologies
Partners:  Enterprise Rent-A-Car; PHH Corporation; General Electric; Bush Truck Leasing, Inc.; Consumers Energy; Electric Power Research Institute (ERPI)
Summary: ALTe Powertrain Technologies commits to convert 10,000 trucks to plug-in hybrids in 2013, complete 90,000 total retrofits by 2016, directly create 650 jobs in Michigan, indirectly create 650 more jobs (including veterans, women and minorities), and save more than 60,000,000 gallons of gasoline per year. To reach this goal, ALTe will build a website that allows organizations to place group orders and to directly work with major fleet holders to deploy hybrid trucks. ALTe will both sell hybrid conversion kits to fleet managers and sell retrofitted vehicles.       
Nearsourcing in San Diego: Reviving U.S. Prosperity
Commitment By: CONNECT
Partners: University of California, San Diego; San Diego East County Economic Development Council; UC San Diego Extension; San Diego Convention Center; San Diego Business Alliance; San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation; The Waitt Family Foundation
Summary: CONNECT commits to expanding their “Nearsourcing Roundtable” program to attract and retain local manufacturing businesses in San Diego. CONNECT’s matchmaking sessions help San Diego entrepreneurs and designers identify and contract with local manufacturers along the supply chain, and prevent new businesses from looking overseas for production needs.
What: The 2012 Clinton Global Initiative America Meeting

Who: President Clinton and more than 750 leaders from government, nonprofit, and business. A full list of participants is available here:

When: June 7-8, 2012 (FULL SCHEDULE BELOW)

Where: Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers
301 East North Water Street
Chicago, IL 60611

ALL PRESS MUST BE CREDENTIALED BY THE CLINTON GLOBAL INITIATIVE. All media must apply for credentials and must be approved by CGI in order to attend. Journalists may apply for credentials on-site, but pre-registered media will be given priority. A valid government-issued ID is required to pick up your credential. If applying on-site, you MUST bring a press ID as well. For questions about press registration, contact Rachel Tennenbaum at [email protected].

CGI Press Center and Workspace
The CGI Press Center is located in River Exhibition Hall B on the lower level of the Sheraton. Wireless internet will be available.

Access to Sessions
All plenary sessions are open press.

Press access to the CGI America Working Group sessions will be by invitation only. If you are interested in attending one of the sessions, please email [email protected] and specify which of the following you are interested in attending:

  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Clean Electricity and Efficiency
  • Clean Fuel and Transportation
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Financial Inclusion
  • Housing Recovery
  • Reconnecting Youth
  • Small Business
  • STEM Education
  • Wellness
  • Workforce Development

CGI will notify you if you have been accepted to participate in a Working Group.

Useful Links

Wireless Microphones
Please do NOT bring or use wireless microphones on-site, as they will interfere with the wireless PA systems.

Mult Box
SD Mult Box: Output specifics are XLR for audio and BNC connection for video.
HD Mult Box: Output specifics are HDSDI with embedded audio.

Sat Truck Parking
There are a limited amount of satellite and microwave truck parking spaces available. Please contact [email protected].

Interview Locations
If you are interested in stand-up interview locations on-site at the Sheraton, please email [email protected].
Live Webcast
View and share session webcasts from the CGI America 2012 by visiting:
Photos from the meeting will be available on CGI’s Flickr account at
Highlights, news, and photos will be shared on the CGI Facebook page:

Follow @ClintonGlobal for meeting news and highlights. The event hashtag is #CGIAmerica.


About CGI America
President Clinton established the Clinton Global Initiative America (CGI America) to address economic recovery in the United States. CGI America brings together leaders in business, government, and civil society to generate and implement commitments to create jobs, stimulate economic growth, foster innovation, and support workforce development in the United States. Since its first meeting in June 2011, CGI America participants have made more than 100 commitments valued at $11.8 billion. When fully funded and implemented, these commitments will improve the lives of three million people, create or fill more than 150,000 jobs, and invest and loan $354 million to small and medium enterprises in the United States. The 2012 CGI America meeting will take place June 7-8 in Chicago. To learn more, visit

About the Clinton Global Initiative
Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) convenes global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. CGI Annual Meetings have brought together more than 150 heads of state, 20 Nobel Prize laureates, and hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations and NGOs, major philanthropists, and members of the media. To date CGI members have made more than 2,100 commitments, which are already improving the lives of nearly 400 million people in more than 180 countries. When fully funded and implemented, these commitments will be valued at $69.2 billion.

CGI’s Annual Meeting is held each September in New York City. CGI also convenes CGI America, a meeting focused on collaborative solutions to economic recovery in the United States, and CGI University (CGI U), which brings together undergraduate and graduate students to address pressing challenges in their community or around the world. For more information, visit and follow us on Twitter @ClintonGlobal and Facebook at

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