2013 Meeting Report
On June 13-14, President Bill Clinton hosted the third meeting of CGI America in Chicago to drive action on economic recovery in the United States. He was joined by nearly 1,000 leaders from across sectors to develop concrete solutions for a wide array of economic and social challenges, ranging from employment and workforce training to community development and energy security.
The collective efforts of CGI America 2013 attendees resulted in the announcement of 74 new commitments. In addition, President Clinton announced the progress of several outstanding 2011 and 2012 commitment-makers, whose work has already impacted more than one million lives.
Throughout the meeting, attendees engaged in interactive, content-specific Working Groups that convened several times over the two days. These group discussions provided opportunities to share knowledge, build partnerships, and generate commitment ideas that support long-term economic benefits for all Americans. Attendees also participated in a dynamic selection of breakout sessions, uniquely formatted to serve as platforms for sharing new perspectives and addressing timely cross-cutting issues.
To help guide their work, attendees heard from a variety of thought leaders and innovators across multiple Plenary Sessions, including:
- + View her full remarks » Hillary Rodham Clinton, former Secretary of State of the United States, who presented a three-part plan for her work at the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation.
- President Clinton and Jacob J. Lew, Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Treasury, who spoke to achieving medium- and long-term deficit reduction in America's resilient economy. View the complete discussion »
- View the full conversation » President Clinton and Chris Christie, Governor of the State of New Jersey, who closed the meeting with a conversation on Superstorm Sandy and the role of collaboration and cooperation in natural disaster preparedness, response, and recovery.
Impact of CGI America 2013 Commitments
When fully funded and implemented
$1.4 BILLION Of new capital
1.2 MILLION Metric tons of
CGI America 2013 brought together nearly 1,000 business, nonprofit, foundation, and government leaders, bringing their invaluable knowledge and expertise from across sectors.
Attendees were able to focus their efforts through content-specific Working Groups of their choosing. These smaller group discussions convened multiple items over the two days of the meeting, and provided a collaborative forum to generate ideas and commitments around each Working Group's area of focus:
Early Childhood Education
Infrastructure Financing for Cities
Renewable & Distributed Energy
Residential Energy Efficiency
Plenary Session Highlights
2011 & 2012
The success of CGI America 2013 was built on the continued dedication and shared vision of the CGI community to drive action on economic recovery in the United States. A total of 212 Commitments to Action were made in 2011 and 2012, with an estimated total value of over $13.4 billion when fully funded and implemented. More than half of these commitments were finalized in the months following the CGI America meetings, and many were developed out of Working Group sessions.
Status of CGI America 2011 & 2012 Commitments
10 MILLION Metric tons of
The metrics listed above have been calculated from the impact data submitted by the commitment-makers in their progress reports.
In April 2013, commitment-makers submitted progress reports to CGI, where they measured the success of their commitments against their original goals. These reports also documented challenges and highlighted potential partnership opportunities. A selection of these commitment progress reports can be found below.
California Best Buildings Challenge
Commitment by: U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
In 2012, the USGBC and the USGBC-Northern California Chapter committed to launch the California Best Buildings Challenge (CBBC), calling on property owners, managers, and tenants to achieve 20 percent reductions in energy, water, and waste in two years. To date, 14 companies have taken on the CBBC.
Commitment by: ideas42
In 2012, ideas42 committed to pilot the Employee Financial Stability Package, a cutting-edge program designed from behavioral research insights that helps employees better plan their finances. To date, ideas42 has completed a "pre-pilot" test and has made significant progress in refining a prototype of the product.
Expanding the Vacants to Value Initiative
Commitment by: City of Baltimore
In 2012, the City of Baltimore committed to eliminate 3,000 vacant residential buildings over three years. To date, nearly 100 properties have been rehabilitated and more than 40 have been demolished, and the commitment built two additional partnerships with exemplary developers.
Commitment by: PAST Foundation
In 2012, the PAST Foundation committed to improve STEM education in rural and Native American reservation schools in South Dakota through the Trans-disciplinary Problem-Based Learning (T-PBL) model, seeking to train 450 teachers and reach 7,800 students. To date, the program has been adopted in four school districts.