CHICAGO–(PRNewswire-USNewswire)– Today, President Bill Clinton opened CGI America, hosting a plenary session on job creation and announcing new programs that will help foster economic growth in the U.S. Speaking to more than 700 leaders from businesses, nonprofits, and government at the opening session, President Clinton announced three “Commitments to Action” that will be implemented by CGI America participants. These commitments, presented by Kiva, Visa, Onshore Technology Services, and the AFL-CIO, will expand access to microfinance, train workers, and fund infrastructure development. “When these commitments are fully funded and implemented, 140,000 people will receive access to job training, 1,000 information technology jobs will be created in rural America, and $3.5 million will be loaned to small businesses in the U.S.,” President Clinton said. “Initiatives like these prove that organizations and individuals around the country have the power to take action to spur economic growth.” CGI America is the first Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) meeting focused exclusively on the U.S. The purpose of the event is to develop new ideas for spurring economic growth and to highlight existing programs that can be replicated and scaled. At today’s opening session, after remarks by Rahm Emanuel, mayor of Chicago, President Clinton led a discussion with Haley Barbour, governor of Mississippi; Simonida Cvejic, founder and CEO of the Bay Area Medical Academy; Peter G. Peterson, founder and chairman of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation; and Michael Thurmond, former Georgia labor commissioner. The opening session was followed by meetings of 10 working groups: Green Buildings, the Healthcare Workforce, Infrastructure, Manufacturing, Rural Renewal, Service Corps, Startups, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Education, Veteran Employment, and Workforce Development. Each working group will convene three times today and Thursday in order to develop ideas and generate new commitments.