Hillary Clinton, Chris Christie to participate at 2013 Clinton Global Initiative in Chicago
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Hillary Clinton, Chris Christie to participate at 2013 Clinton Global Initiative in Chicago

Chicago : IL : USA | Jun 07, 2013 at 10:16 AM PDT
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The mission of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) is simple: turn ideas into action. To do that, top CEOs, government officials and non-government organization leaders will gather in Chicago next week for CGI 2013, which offers a power-packed agenda dedicated to boosting the US economy.

And this correspondent will be there to cover it all for Allvoices, the world's premier platform for citizen journalism, which features PoliticalPuzzle, a crossword puzzle based on current stories in the news that will test your political IQ.

The event will be held at the Sheraton Hotel and Towers in downtown Chicago next Thursday and Friday and will offer a slate of participants that include Hillary Clinton and Chris Christie, who could face off against each other in 2016 as their political party's presidential nominee.

Adding spice to the event is public opinion of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who appears to be liked even more by Democrats than Republicans, according to a new poll released by the Wall Street Journal and NBC News.

His own party, the poll says, gives him a 40 percent approval rating, while 41 percent of independents and 43 percent of Democrats view Christie in a favorable light. In contrast to those consistent numbers, the poll also found that Hillary Clinton has an 85 percent approval rating among Democrats, but just 15 percent approval among Republicans.

Other CGI participants include a long list of mayors, starting with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and business leaders including Jim Rogers of Duke Energy, Bill Simon of Walmart and Ellen Kullman of DuPont.

CGI America will feature for the first time Broadcast Conversations, programming produced in conjunction with and broadcast by CGI media partners, which is now a regular feature of the CGI Annual Meeting in September.

At this year’s meeting of CGI America, Bloomberg TV anchor Trish Regan will host sessions where top government, business and nonprofit leaders will address the US economy, including how to improve access to capital for small businesses and how the US can enhance its energy production in a way that’s sustainable for the environment and beneficial to the economy, according to CGI press information.

At CGI America 2013, the Infrastructure Financing for Cities Task Force will meet. Launched in April and chaired by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel with the co-leadership of President Clinton, the IFC Task Force is a collaborative effort by the US Conference of Mayors and CGI to spur investment into job-creating public infrastructure projects.

An initiative of the Clinton Foundation, CGI convenes global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. Established in June 2011 by President Bill Clinton, CGI America addresses economic recovery in the United States by bringing together leaders in business, government and civil society to generate and implement commitments to create jobs, stimulate economic growth, foster innovation and support workforce development in the US.

Since its first meeting, CGI America participants have made more than 200 commitments valued at $13.4 billion when fully funded and implemented.

One year ago, President Clinton announced the impact of the 2012 CGI America Meeting and the 58 Commitments to Action that were made by attendees. When fully funded and implemented, the 58 new CGI America commitments aim to positively impact the lives of nearly 3.9 million Americans in the following ways:

  1. More than 32,000 jobs will be created, including 6,600 green jobs.
  2. More than 500,000 jobs will be filled by veterans and their family members.
  3. Nearly 68,000 people will receive improved access to capital or financial services.
  4. More than 117,000 people will benefit from access to job training and certification.
  5. Nearly 760 million kilowatt hours of energy will be saved.
  6. More than $84 million of new capital will be invested in green initiatives.
  7. More than 12,000 people will gain increased access to health services.
  8. More than $640 million of the total value of the new commitments will address housing recovery, including returning distressed single-family housing to productive use, retrofitting homes in 25 new cities, and developing affordable housing units for low-income individuals.

If you have a question you'd like to offer, based on the CGI agenda and participants, post it as a comment.

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John Michael Spinelli is based in Columbus, Ohio, United States of America, and is an Anchor for Allvoices.
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