Bill Clinton has announced the program for the second Clinton Global Initiative America (CGI America) meeting to be held in Chicago, June 7-8, 2012 at the Sheraton Hotel and Towers.

CGI America will bring together hundreds of leaders from business, government, and nonprofit sectors to devise real and effective solutions for economic recovery and job creation in the United States.

“At our first CGI America meeting last June, we brought together national leaders from all sectors of society who shared the common purpose of putting people back to work,” said President Clinton. “Those leaders made more than 100 commitments, which when completed, will create or fill thousands of jobs in the United States. I hope this year’s meeting will generate more innovative solutions and more jobs to improve the American economy.”

The two-day convening is a working meeting to promote cross-sector collaboration. CGI America participants will join one of the 12 topic-specific Working Groups that will provide them with opportunities to share knowledge, build partnerships, and generate Commitments to Action. The 12 Working Group topics include: Advanced Manufacturing, Clean Electricity and Efficiency, Clean Fuel and Transportation, Early Childhood Education, Entrepreneurship, Financial Inclusion, Housing Recovery, Reconnecting Youth, Small Business, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) Education, Wellness, and Workforce Development. During the Working Group sessions, participants will develop Commitments to Action: new, specific, and measurable plans that address a challenge facing the United States.

The full agenda for 2012 meeting of CGI America can be found at

Featured participants at this year’s CGI America meeting will include: John S. Butler, director, IC2 Institute, The University of Texas at Austin; Chelsea Clinton, board member, Clinton Global Initiative and William J. Clinton Foundation; Regina E. Dugan, director, DARPA, U.S. Department of Defense; Rahm Emanuel, mayor, City of Chicago; Donna Gambrell, director, Community Development Financial Institutions Fund, U.S. Department of the Treasury; Lisa Hall, president and CEO, Calvert Foundation; Bill Haslam, governor, State of Tennessee; John Hope Bryant, founder, chairman and CEO, Operation HOPE, Inc.; Ted Howard, executive director, The Democracy Collaborative; Jim Koch, chair and founder, The Boston Beer Company, Inc.; Ann Miura-Ko, managing partner, FLOODGATE; Ai-jen Poo, director, National Domestic Workers Alliance; Jerry Sanders, mayor, City of San Diego; Christine Shapard, executive director, Colorado Cleantech Industry Association; Jerry Sue Thornton, Ph.D., president, Cuyahoga Community College; Laura D’Andrea Tyson, S.K. and Angela Chan Professor of Global Management, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley; Mark Vachon, vice president, Ecomagination General Electric; Robert G. Wilmers, chairman and CEO, M&T Bank Corporation; and Randi Weingarten, president, American Federation of Teachers.

The CGI America plenary sessions include:

  • Jumpstart Nation: Getting America Back to Work, which will highlight economic recovery strategies that are working across America and showcase how to replicate them.
  • Place-Based Innovation: Creating Centers of Prosperity, which will explore the ways partnerships and cooperative efforts, can spur innovation, grow businesses, and create jobs in communities across the U.S.
  • Sustainable Finance, which will examine innovative models to make capital available for existing businesses and new ventures.
  • Pathways to Opportunity, which will address critical components needed to preserve the “American Dream” for future generations, including education and training, equitable workforce practices, and financial inclusion.
  • What’s Next?: Towards a More Perfect Union, which will explore America’s economic identity in an increasingly globalized world, as well as what we can do to ensure a creative, innovative, and sustainable tomorrow.

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