Today at the closing of CGI America, President Bill Clinton was joined by Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed to announce that CGI America is again hitting the road and heading to Atlanta in June 2016 for its sixth annual meeting.
CGI America 2016 will spotlight the unique challenges that local leaders in business, government, and civil society are addressing, including empowering young men and women of color as entrepreneurs, building a sustainable infrastructure and workforce, inspiring more students into STEM education and careers, among many other topic areas.
While it will be the first time CGI America’s annual meeting is held in Atlanta after having taken place in Chicago and Denver, it’s certainly not the first time the Atlanta area has seen the impact of the work of CGI America Commitments to Action.
Since 2011, the following commitments and more have positively affected a wide range of communities and industries throughout the Atlanta metropolitan area, and they continue to make a diffence.
- EcoDistricts Target Cities Pilot Program, a program started in 2014 that advances district-scale sustainability work by inviting city leaders, urban planners, policymakers, and developers to set an agenda for their community.
- Creating economic opportunities for young, ambitious entrepreneurs, Empower Young Black Men as a New Class of Entrepreneurs, a 2014 commitment made by City Startup Labs, conducts academies that provide instruction and directed support to foster a new generation of business leaders.
- Another commitment, titled Women Investing in Successful Entrepreneurs (WISE), was started in 2013 by Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs and works to provide loans and training support through business consultation, mentoring, and educational opportunities for women in the Atlanta metropolitan region.
- Bolstering cities like Atlanta’s role in the global economy, Global Cities Exchange, a 2012 commitment by The Brookings Institution in partnership with JPMorgan Chase & Co., equips metropolitan leaders with the information, policy ideas, and global connections they need to reach their economic potential.
- Giving Children Books for Keeps, a program started in 2011 by Books for Keeps and the Clarke County School District, works in Athens, Georgia to combat the ‘summer slide’ – a period of reading achievement loss that disproportionately affects low-income families – by providing popular books each summer to every student in kindergarten through fifth grade.
As President Clinton has said previously, “When we began CGI America, I imagined it as an initiative that could travel across the country to highlight the importance of working collectively to meet our common challenges on domestic issues that affect us all.” We look forward to bringing CGI America to Atlanta to build upon these existing commitments and to mobilize Georgia’s – and the entire region’s – robust network of businesses, nonprofits, and others to affect positive change.