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WASHINGTON--Former President Bill Clinton and is Clinton Global Initiative foundation will hold a summit on the economy and job creation in Chicago on June 29-30. It's the first time Clinton is convening a CGI program dedicated to jobs--and the first time Clinton--wildly popular in Chicago--is bring a CGI meeting to the city--host to the Obama 2012 re-election campaign headquarters.

below, Clinton Global release....

President Clinton Announces First Clinton Global Initiative Meeting Focused on Driving Job Creation and Economic Growth in the United States
CGI America To Be Held in Chicago on June 29-30

New York, NY- President Bill Clinton announced today that he will host a Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) meeting focused on creating jobs and driving economic growth in the United States. The meeting, CGI America, will be the first CGI event solely dedicated to economic issues impacting the U.S. and will take place in Chicago on June 29-30, 2011.

"CGI America will bring together leaders from business, nonprofits, and government to develop new ideas for generating jobs now in the U.S.," President Clinton said. "CGI members have already improved the lives of more than 300 million people around the world by making nearly 2,000 commitments. More than 250 of those commitments, worth $11.6 billion, are addressing challenges in the U.S. At CGI America, we will focus that innovation and urgency to get people working again."

Based on the same model as CGI's Annual Meeting, the event will convene diverse stakeholders - including CEOs of American companies and international companies with U.S. operations, national and local government officials, and leaders from the nonprofit sector - to identify effective ways to strengthen U.S. industries, unlock capital for innovation and entrepreneurship, advance energy efficiency, build clean energy infrastructure, and train Americans for the 21st-century workforce.

Topics covered during the meeting will include education, green buildings, the healthcare workforce, manufacturing, rural development, service corps, small business growth, smart infrastructure and workforce training.

CGI America is being held in Chicago because the city is representative of the challenges confronting communities around the country, is home to some of the most influential companies in the U.S and has been a leader in creating jobs through investments in clean energy, a commitment to early childhood education and a renewed focus on technology.

As it has since 2005, CGI will still host its Annual Meeting Sept. 19-22 in New York City. The Annual Meeting brings together heads of state, business leaders, top government officials, directors of nonprofit organizations, and thought leaders from around the world.

About the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI)
Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) convenes global leaders to devise and implement innovative solutions to some of the world's most pressing challenges. Since 2005, CGI Annual Meetings have brought together nearly 150 current and former heads of state, 18 Nobel Prize laureates, and hundreds of leading CEOs, along with heads of foundations, major philanthropists, directors of the most effective nongovernmental organizations, and prominent members of the media. These CGI members have made nearly 2,000 commitments, which have already improved the lives of 300 million people in more than 180 countries. When fully funded and implemented, these commitments will be valued in excess of $63 billion. The CGI community also includes CGI University (CGI U), a forum to engage college students in global citizenship,, an online portal where anybody can make a Commitment to Action, and CGI Lead, which engages a select gro up of young CGI members for leadership development and collective commitment-making. To learn more, follow us on Twitter @ClintonGlobal or visit

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