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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 06/11/12
Mayor Kasim Reed Discusses Housing, Transportation and Infrastructure at Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) America Conference
Mayor Reed also discussed the future of cities and pension reform in closing plenary: ‘What’s Next? Towards a More Perfect Union’
Mayor Kasim Reed participated in the closing session of the second annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative’s CGI America conference on Friday in Chicago. The panel, moderated by President Bill Clinton, centered on the topic, “What’s Next? Towards a More Perfect Union,” and also included Regina E. Dugan, Senior Vice President, Advanced Technology and Projects, Motorola Mobility; Duncan Niederauer, Director and CEO, NYSE Euronext Inc.; Neil deGrasse Tyson, Astrophysicist and Director, Hayden Planetarium, American Museum of Natural History; and Mark Vachon; Vice President, Ecomagination, General Electric.
More than 1,000 leaders representing Fortune 500 companies, nonprofits, foundations and government, including governors, mayors and members of President Barack Obama’s administration attended the second annual CGI America meeting, a conference focused on finding solutions that promote economic recovery in the United States.
“CGI America connects our nation’s public and private sector leaders in unusual ways, allowing for inspiring discussion and a true exchange of fresh ideas,” said Mayor Reed. “By sharing best practices and ideas in a collaborative manner, public officials can expand their knowledge base and build relationships that lead to innovation in their home cities and on the state and federal levels.”
In addition to the closing plenary session, Mayor Reed addressed CGI America attendees in a breakout session focused on the housing recovery and participated in a brainstorming meeting with President Bill Clinton, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and a handful of other leaders to discuss new ideas on how to jumpstart infrastructure projects in the nation’s leading cities.
Established in 2005 by President Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative is dedicated to forging collaborative solutions and generating commitments to address the nation’s most pressing economic challenges. CGI Annual Meetings have brought together more than 150 heads of state, 20 Nobel Prize laureates, and hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations and NGOs, major philanthropists, and members of the media. To date CGI members have made more than 2,100 commitments, which are already improving the lives of nearly 400 million people in more than 180 countries. When fully funded and implemented, these commitments will be valued at $69.2 billion.
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