Seventy-nine commitments to action were announced during the fifth annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative America in Denver, which concluded Wednesday.
Nearly a thousand civil society, business, and government leaders announced initiatives and investments to boost economic growth, long-term competitiveness, and social mobility in the United States. Collectively, the new commitments aim to create or fill nearly 210,000 jobs; provide more than $11.3 million in new capital for small and midsize businesses; and expand access to financial literacy, capacity building, and leadership and skills development training for 1.2 million people. In addition, more than 126,000 women and girls will benefit from programs designed to improve the quality of the education they receive, increase their access to employment and skills development opportunities, and invest in their roles in promoting community health, while 111,000 students will gain access to STEM education opportunities and 160,000 educators will participate in professional development programs.
The commitments include a partnership involving GRID Alternatives and the Shinnecock Nation, three chapter houses of the Navajo Nation, SunEdison, and Enphase Energy to train five hundred tribal members to install and maintain solar energy systems; and a collaboration involving Shane's Inspiration, Landscape Structures, and Too Small to Fail aimed at developing twenty "Talking Is Teaching: Talk, Read, Sing" themed playgrounds, which incorporate messages designed to boost a child's early brain development, in resource-poor settings across the nation. In addition, the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading pledged $30 million, together with nearly forty partners, to help increase third-grade reading proficiency for 50,000 children by 2018, while the Opportunity Fund and Lending Club will partner on a pilot program to provide $10 million in capital to small businesses in underserved areas of California, with a focus on women and minorities.
"These past two days have reinforced for me, more than ever, that when you strip away all the little things that divide us, you can see just how tied together we all are," former President Bill Clinton told those in attendance. "And, most importantly, you have done so with a bias for action and a relentless focus on the future."