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Mayor Bell Scheduled to Speak at Clinton Global Initiative this Month

Media Advisory
April Odom


The sixth annual Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) America meeting is scheduled to be held June 12–14, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. Mayor Bell joins a prestigious list of participants including 

President Jimmy Carter and President Bill Clinton who will have a special one-on-one conversation. 

The Mayor is scheduled to speak on the need for technology training and careers for boys and young men of color.

 “Black and Latino men make up only 5 percent of the information technology (IT) workforce—despite the fact that the industry seeks to diversify its talent pool and fill 1.4 million new jobs by 2020. We are honored to be invited, included and asked to speak,” said Mayor Bell.

Investing in the education and training of young men and boys of color can not only meet this demand but create new pathways of economic opportunity for the 21 percent of Black and 13 percent of Latino young men between the ages of 16-24 who are unemployed.

The Clinton Global Initiative is engaged in the Birmingham community through the work of City Councilor William Parker in District 4.

“We have been successfully focused on establishing public private partnerships. CGI has been a tremendous partner with us in organizing working groups and connecting the district with resources to help the residents of Birmingham,” said Councilor Parker. 

The mission of CGI is to turn ideas into action. CGI America brings together leaders in business, philanthropy, government, and nonprofits to develop solutions that encourage continued economic growth, support long-term competitiveness, and increase social mobility in the United States. Each CGI America participant makes a Commitment to Action: a new, specific, and measurable plan that supports increased economic growth and opportunity. Since the first meeting in 2011, CGI America participants have made more than 500 Commitments to Action, which have already improved the lives of nearly 2.4 million people.

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