2014 Working Groups
CGI America participants each contribute to a topic-specific Working Group of their choosing. These groups will convene multiple times over the two days and provide opportunities to share knowledge, build partnerships, and generate commitments around the group's area of focus.
The Community Investing Working Group will focus on strategies to broaden the U.S. social impact investing market and bring mainstream financing to low- and moderate-income communities in the areas of small business lending, affordable housing, and community development in both rural and urban geographies.
Early Childhood Education
The Early Childhood Education Working Group will strive to make high-quality early childhood education available to more families and communities, particularly in diverse, low-income settings. Participants will pursue promising approaches that support professional development for ECE educators, explore innovative financing solutions, and engage new private sector partners.
The Entrepreneurship Working Group will examine entrepreneurship as both a vital job creator and a tool to address pervasive social challenges. Discussions will focus on lowering barriers to business launch or growth, as well as advancing the potential for entrepreneurial endeavors to improve health outcomes, fight climate change, and broaden access to education.
The Financial Opportunity Working Group will continue to foster cross-sector partnerships that support American households in increasing assets, managing debt, and building and repairing credit. Participants will convene around specific, scalable solutions including new product development and deployment, enhancing financial education, and supporting employer-based financial wellness programs.
Infrastructure for Cities and States
The Infrastructure for Cities and States Working Group will build on CGI’s ongoing efforts with leading American cities to move the needle on infrastructure financing. The group will convene senior city and state officials and private sector leaders from finance, infrastructure development, and organized labor to advance cross-sector partnerships and solutions to a range of barriers impeding U.S. infrastructure modernization.
The Reconnecting Youth Working Group will aim to link disconnected youth—such as high school dropouts, teen parents, and youth aging out of the foster care system—to the resources needed to succeed in school and secure quality jobs.
The STEM Education Working Group will continue to focus on skilled mentoring, STEM teaching, and after-school STEM learning. This year’s Working Group will have a particular focus on computer science education, especially for traditionally underrepresented groups.
The Sustainable Buildings Working Group will address both residential and commercial building types and explore how partnerships can stimulate innovative projects with sustainable design, energy and resource efficiency, and new building materials. Participants from across sectors will examine critical issues such as financing, workforce training, and community revitalization.
The Modern Grid
The Modern Grid Working Group will explore technologies, strategies, and practices that reimagine the traditional electricity system and aid in transitioning the U.S. to an intelligent, competitive, and clean power grid. Participants will identify partnership opportunities that integrate renewable energy into the grid, increase the adoption of microgrids, and deploy smart grid technologies.
The Workforce Development Working Group will promote competencies, credentials, and career ladders in key industries such as healthcare, manufacturing, and the service sector. Participants will also discuss initiatives that target small- and medium-size businesses that are lacking the resources to invest in their human capital.