It’s the Economy, Stupid: Reboot 2011

Jobs, jobs, jobs.  So begins the 2-day inaugural event, “CGI America” (CGI for Clinton Global Initiative), where President Clinton is convening business, government, and civic leaders to focus on economic recovery and job growth.

While President of the United States, Clinton led the country through the longest economic expansion in its history, moving the nation from record deficits to record surpluses and creating 22 million new jobs.  So, you know, he might know a thing or two about the economy.

With all the accomplishments of his administration, one of the insights the President came away with was that government can’t do it all. It does, in fact, take a village. What CGI does is gather leaders from business, non-profits, and government/heads of state and have them make concrete commitments with real actions they will take to produce real results that will make a difference in key areas that will improve the lives of millions of people. View examples of CGI commitments here.

As stated on their website, with the unemployment rate near 9 percent, there is an urgent need to re-energize the U.S. economy, create jobs, and better equip workers for new opportunities. At CGI America, participants will focus on strengthening American industries, unlocking capital for innovation and entrepreneurship, advancing energy efficiency and smart infrastructure, and training the next generation for the workforce. The goal of the meeting is to generate Commitments to Action – new, specific, and measurable plans to address challenges in the U.S., particularly through job creation and investment.

While several hundred leaders, including Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, and Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh will convene in Chicago on July 29th & 30th for the conference, you can follow the action from anywhere:

And maybe, just maybe, the media in attendance will help give voice to the people who have gathered to positively impact the economic issues of our time with powerful commitments and inspiring actions. It’s time to reboot the economy.


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