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June 6, 2015

5 Highlights from CGI America


Since 2011, CGI America has catalyzed hundreds of Commitments to Action through a model that brings U.S. leaders together in topic-specific Working Groups and encourages collaborative action. In anticipation of next week’s fifth annual CGI America meeting, we look back at five highlights since 2011 - and what you can look forward to at this year’s meeting.
The moon was in reach and we were headed there.
1. In 2012, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson made the case for the U.S. to “go back into space in a big way” by invoking the 20th century space race and its effect on innovation.
The STEM Education working group - which Tyson participated in in 2012 - will convene for the fifth straight year at CGI America 2015 to build solutions to inspire, educate, and train more students in science, technology, engineering, and math. Learn more about all 10 of the 2015 Working Groups.
2. At the first CGI America meeting, former Governor of Michigan Jennifer Granholm led a session exploring “American Success Stories” - featuring lessons in spurring job creation and economic growth from leaders like Tony Hsieh of Zappo’s and Tanya Fiddler of the Four Bands Community Fund.
This year’s Closing Plenary Session will explore “Comeback Cities." It will look at lessons from Detroit, highlighting local business Good Cakes and Bakes and the entrepreneur behind its success, April Anderson. Read a 2014 interview with Anderson and tune-in to on Wednesday, June 10 at 3 PM MT / 5 PM ET.

Year Up's Professional Training Corps Commitment Announcement - CGI America Meeting 2012

3. During CGI America 2012, Ky Smith - a participant in Year Up - spoke about his experience as a result of their CGI America commitment.
A year prior, 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. Called the Professional Training Corps (PTC) and modeled on the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC), the program resides within a community college and helps students both earn an associate's degree and gain work experience. As of this March, Year Up has established five PTC programs - and in 2015 alone, they will serve over 500 new students, surpassing the initial goal of their commitment of 300 students.
We will spotlight other “progress reports” from previous year’s commitments throughout the 2015 meeting - on-stage, in Working Groups and Breakout Sessions, and on the CGI Instagram and Facebook pages. Refresh the CGI America homepage throughout the meeting to see these and other highlights.
4. In 2012, New Orleans Mayor Mitch J. Landrieu and then Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan discussed developing partnerships to create jobs, improve housing, and rebuild communities.
CGI America has benefited greatly from participation of a wide variety of civic leaders, both in the commitments they've led or joined and in their contributions to Working Groups. This year, Secretary Julián Castro will participate in the Opening Plenary Session, which you can watch live on Tuesday, June 9 at 9 AM MT / 11 AM ET. The mayors of Detroit and Greensburg, Kansas will also participate in subsequent Plenary Sessions - view the full webcast agenda at
5. Attendees of CGI America 2014 made over 80 partnership commitments.
More than 80 of the commitments made at CGI America 2014 involved partnerships, including nearly 70 across multiple sectors. View last year’s infographic to learn more about how some of these commitments would be implemented.
Since 2011, CGI America attendees have made more than 400 Commitments to Action, which have already improved the lives of nearly 1.4 million people. We will share more about the commitments made at this year’s meeting next week on the Clinton Foundation blog - and you can tune-in to the live webcast to hear new commitments announced during every session.