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LITTLE ROCK, Ark.- President Bill Clinton and Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton are hosting “Economic Inclusion and Growth: The Way Forward,” a conference on domestic economic policy at the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock Wednesday.
The all-day conference features five panels, each of them highlighting certain ideas and topics to build better economies.
In addition to remarks by President Clinton and Secretary Clinton, the conference will include a series of panel discussions and networking events with CDFI leadership, leading impact investors, mayors, community organizations, and former Clinton administration officials.
Some of the panelists featured today include the treasurer of Starbucks, mayors of cities like Oakland and Denver, as well as various CEOs and business leaders.
Secretary Clinton’s panel focused on underserved communities. Some of the panelists there introduced what ideas have worked for their areas of expertise and what can be used as economic generators for cities and even rural areas.
The panelists include:
· Mayor Stephen Benjamin, Mayor, Columbia, South Carolina
· Secretary Mike Espy, Director, Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture
· Stacy Leeds, Vice Chancellor for Economic Development, Dean Emeritus, and Professor of Law, University of Arkansas
· Luz Urrutia, CEO, Opportunity Fund
“Let us hear from you about how you are doing something that makes a difference that you think would have broader appeal and potential ramifications to spread this message,” says the former Secretary of State.
“We’re trying to find ways to help our policies and our regulations keep with the way people are living,” says Stephen Benjamin, the Mayor of Columbia, South Carolina.
Wednesday afternoon at 4, President Clinton moderated a panel about achieving progress in the Community Development Financial Institutions, inclusive growth and small business areas.
The panelists are:
· Gene Ludwig, Founder and CEO, Promontory Financial Group
· Cathie Mahon, President and CEO, Inclusiv
· Matt Peterson, President and CEO, Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator
· Mayor Levar Stoney, Mayor of Richmond, Virginia
Some of the panelists introduced what ideas have worked for their areas of expertise and what can be used as economic generators for cities and even rural areas.
“So we have a challenge,” says President Bill Clinton. “If we really want to say that the city of our movement has a role to play and once again, creating a broader base of prosperity and proving once again that there mechanisms that we are growing the economy from the bottom up and the middle out. We have to prove that.”