The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) arrived in Atlanta after being hosted in Chicago and Denver for several years.

The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) arrived in Atlanta after being hosted in Chicago and Denver for several years. The room was electrified with over 750 people in attendance. The event included many exciting programs being either highlighted or announced that are happening in Atlanta. Highlighted programs included Cox Enterprises, Park Pride, ACE, Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, the Blank Foundation, and Equifax.

 

The event included plenaries and breakout sessions where that tackled a variety of issues. Sustainable Cities and Advanced Energy were two of the breakout tracks. Attendees were encouraged to develop implementable solutions to advance. What is unique about CGI is they want action. People do not come together to simply talk. They come together to explore programs that can be put in place in local communities to push forward positive policy. As President Clinton said so eloquently, “

We interviewed Garry Harris – Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, Donnell Baird – Bloc Power, and Michael Halicki – Park Pride.

Here are the other press releases we got Atlanta leaders:

To read the tweets in order start at the bottom and read up.

  • We are looking to duplicate the success of East Lake
  • Every step takes us to rebuilding English Avenue and Vince Street - Mayor @KasimReed
  • The Westside Financial Center will open in the summer of 2016.
  • The tallest building south of I-20 is the control tower at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport
  • #Atlanta is experiencing the most growth for building ever even toping Olympics in 1996
  • Boone Park West is a park with purpose
  • The park has brought together many community partners, education and businesses  to create a new model
  • At Ebenezer we have been working on Creation Care for awhile because marginalized communities are most effected by #climatechange
  • We are looking forward to our partnership with Bloc Power to work on Creation Care
  • This is the Lord's earth and we must take care of it. - Rev @raphaelwarneke
  • The @Blankfoundation is matching $16 million with the City of #atl to upgrade Mims Park
  • There will also be energy efficiency and jobs developed in the area.
  • We have two new programs to help with the water issues on the westside of town
  • I am deeply honored that Pres. Clinton chose #Atlanta for  Mayor @KasimReed
  • Watch on #Periscope: @parkpride Michael Halicki discusses new parks on Westside @ConservationFnd
  • @adrinnaq Own your leadership and your voice and dream and big 
  • The smartphone can be an amazing data collector if leveraged correctly. There are tons of sensors being built into it 
  • Go deeper than a headline and be informed beyond the title Paul Bowers @GeorgiaPower
  • This allowed Bloc Power to target those buildings for green energy. 
  • The hospital in the Bronx showed Bloc Power which buildings had the highest number of asthma emergencies
  • The Bronx has the highest rate of #asthma in the country. 
  • It starts with people and we have to make sure everyone is a stakeholder. 
  • What should the benchmarks be for sustainable resilient communities? 
  • The question is how do deploy
  • The Bloc Power microgrid can be applied to water conservation
  • Here at #CGI it's a great place to build the partnerships to create these solutions
  • If you want #energyefficiency @GeorgiaPower will help you.
  • The utility is guaranteed a 9% rate of return. Investors get 5 to 6%. Community gets enough for groceries and jobs
  • There are ways that we can transform our communities to create better adaptations for economic development  @NRDC
  • Utility #solar does give coal based communities tax base support. No jobs but tax support. Paul Bowers @GeorgiaPower
  • We are thinking about community #solar but understand that 40% of our customers make under $40,000 - Paul Bowers @GeorgiaPower
  • The future is driverless cars, public transportation and urban agriculture centers. All of that takes electricity @GeorgiaPower
  • Machine learning is the future not coding.
  • We need to train kids for our future not for the transition which will be obsolete in 5 years
  • Workforce development and early childhood education go hand in hand and are critical for our future @ariannaq @nrdc
  • Workforce development needs to use words like @GeorgiaPower is using foresight
  • Georgia will be top 5 #solar by end of the year. Most #solar is utility scale because of economics. Paul Bowers @GeorgiaPower
  • Green jobs are the future of this country. - Pres @BlocPower
  • President of @BlocPower discussing deployment in lower income neighborhoods
  • In Mississippi there are people spend 41% of their income on electricity
  • Backstage listening to @billclinton @JoeManchinWV talking about #opiate epidemic public health crisis.
  • Mayor @KasimReed announces Boone Park West! @parkpride @ATLParksandRec @ConservationFnd
  • Coming up w/ big bold ideas at  #SustainableCities session @ClintonFdn @parkpride @ATLSustainable
  • We did it. The Center for Civic Innovation just pitched a commitment for on funding community based social entrepreneurs. It's on
  • Cox's commitment will divert 3k tons of waste from landfill, prevent 20k tons of carbon
  • "That is what these meetings do. They lead to good, concrete, extraordinary work." —Mayor @KasimReed
  • "People die of a broken heart when they don't believe they can make tomorrow better than yesterday" - @billclinton
  • We've gone from 70% to 30% of coal energy production
  • We are in the middle of transitioning from Coal to Nuclear and renewables in form of hydro
  • Paul Bowers from @GeoegiaPower is in the next plenary discussion  (on the rights)
  • Ebenezer Baptist is launching a Creation Care Education and Energy Stewardship Initiative  #creationcare
  • Trust of Public Land and @parkpride are working on two new parks on the Westside of #ATL 
  • #Atlanta ranks 34th for solar deployment in the country compared to other cities 
  • Plenary now with Mayor @KasimReed . #Atl notables @parkpride @BlankFoundation @ebenezerbaptist 
  • Listening to chilling stories about the opiate sand heroin addiction epedemic
  • In the 1980s pain was defined as a top five factor for wellness
  • 200,000 Americans have died since 1999 from prescription pill addiction
  • Stage is set for 3:30 press conference with Mayor @kasimreed and President Clinton … https://www.instagram.com/p/BGmk5Yvt7wN/
  • 75% of all commercial buildings are under 30,000 sqaure feet.
  • In the Sustainable Cities break out. Listening to ideas for plans for viable infrastructure development
  • Cox Enterprises Commits to Invest $25 Million in Sustainable Companies and Technologies by 2020
  • A new strategy for growth is needed in America through private-public partnership. We need to blend growth & values.  @CocaCola 
  • Public-Private partnership is key because private doesn't think jobs. - Ian Bremmer, Pres. Eurasia Group 
  • We need to think about hoe we bring economic opportunity to rural America which is where a lot rage comes from. 
  • We are ranked 15th in the world for access to broadband which we created. South Korea is number one. 
  • We now have a 50% chance of living to 100 years old because of biomedical advances 
  • The lower you go in grades in schools the lower American students rank internationally. - Pres. Clinton 
  • We need to redignify trade and skills training. - Pres. Clinton 
  • People have to continue to learn throughout low. 
  • We need to think of multiple bridges of articulation to get students into college. 
  • Student loans on average have 9% interest rates. You can refi your him for 4%. Something is wrong here. - Pres. Clinton 
  • In the 70s doctors could work off loans be serving in the medical corps 
  • We need to rethink about how finance student loans. 
  • There is a massive amount of student debt. Average student carries $27,000 debt out of college. 
  • It's almost impossible to get a bank loan if you have a student loan. 
  • Innovation cines from people. - Shirley Ann Jackson, Pres. Rensselear Polytechnic 
  • At Rensselaer Polytechnic a team of students won two international awards for #sustainable packaging   @packagingdiva
  • Most Americans don't understand the staggering amount of contributions our university system contributes to our #economy 
  • To get funding she had to leave #ATL #sad Her biggest investor is from Montana
  • Check out @partpick #Atl tech company owned by 26 African American female entrepreneur #awesome
  • Through partnership with @CocaCola and others and CGI we have reduced calories for school children by 90% #thinkjuice
  • Our biggest vice in America? We don't like to be around people who don't agree with us. - Pres. Clinton
  • Despite of what happened in #Orlando America is the least sexist, racist and homophobic that we have ever been. Pres Clinton
  • America's secret formula is our diversity and embracing #immigrants - Sandy Douglas Pres. NA @CocaCola
  • We have to understand how to treat people.
  • It's important that we have representation of all groups in developing talent. - Shirley Ann Jackson, Pres. Rensselaer Polytechnic
  • We have to educate our own people and develop our own talent.
  • Our major assets are our people.
  • The single most powerful weakness of America is our political division. The world is watching
  • We just heard from Mayor @KasimReed how a modest investment in the @AtlantaBeltLine yielded great private investment
  • Panel discussion including @CocaCola
  • The program had created over 430 local jobs in metro #Atl
  • Grace Fricks of #Atl ACE Entrepreneurship. Their women's fund has funded $5.5 million to 74 women biz
  • There are over 900 acres of land that will benefit from the Chesapeake partnership
  • Prince Georges County is part of a clean water partnership to address pollution in the Chesapeake Bay
  • Here are the commitment makers. One is our own @CoxEnterprises
  • We are going to have a lightning round of commitments
  • Last summer Germany generated 87% of their electricity in one day through #solar and #wind
  • We have to look at ourselves and ask what is being left behind and how can we change this.
  • We are facing the largest refugee crisis in Europe since WWII
  • Last quarter was the first quarter that corporations started paying raises
  • Many in America still have had no pay raise since the recession
  • There are 1000s of welding jobs waiting to be filled in Southern Louisiana if we can just build the structure to get them in place
  • Major unions pledged $10 billion to build infrastructure and invest in energy efficiency it has created over 100,000 jobs
  • Even in a political season, this event proves there is hunger for working together
  • The sponsors of this event is a who's who of #Atlanta's corporate leaders
  • Gov. Nathan Deal has proposed an additional amount to be voted on in November to support $2.3 billion expansion of @marta
  • #Atlanta is constantly expanding. We have added an equity officer to the cabinet to make sure we have growth for everyone
  • #Atlanta had a long history of volunteering and giving back. It's actually why the CDC is here
  • CGI is dedicated to changing the world and we are honored to host them - Mayor @KasimReed
  • During the Civil Rights movement Atlanta branded itself a city too busy to hate
  • is about creating a better road map for the future
  • President Clunton has taken the stage. We have started with a moment of silence for #Orlando
  • The future is not an accident. It' s based on plans made today - President Clinton
  • Ready to hear @coxenterprises big announcement at CGI
  • "Entrepreneurship isn't reserved for a certain type of person. We must build women entrepreneurs' confidence in their ideas/skills"
  • Getting ready for the first plenary. Room is electrified!
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