Public Affairs, Communications & Sustainable Development

CNY Resident Invited to Participate in CGI 2014

June 08, 2014 at 12:08 PM

By Aishik Barua, Contributing Writer

Founder of  local Central New York startup Short Enterprises, W. Michael Short, was honored to receive an invitation for the second consecutive year to participate in the annual CGI America conference from June 23rd-25th in Denver, Colorado.


The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), an initiative of the Clinton Foundation, was founded by former President Bill Clinton in 2005. CGI was conceptualized to convene global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the world's most pressing challenges. CGI hosts multiple conferences throughout the year with CGI America focusing on job creation and driving economic growth within the United States.

CGI America convenes ten distinct working groups including: Early Childhood Education, Entrepreneurship, Financial Opportunity, Infrastructure for Cities and States, Reconnecting Youth, STEM Education, Sustainable Buildings, the Modern Grid, Workforce Development and Community Investing.

In 2013, Short was invited to participate in the Community Investing working group. There, he engaged with leaders from the Community Reinvestment Fund, Federal Reserve Board, Kresge Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Ford Foundation, Bush Foundation, HUD, California Endowment, Calvert Foundation, AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust, Boston Community Capital, Global Sustainable Finance at Morgan Stanley, NeighborWorks Capital, U.S. Treasury Department, the Urban Investment Group at Goldman Sachs, Low Income Investment Fund, Global Impact Investing Network, City First Enterprises, Enterprise Community Partners, etc., to find opportunities for domestic investors and economic growth.

This year, Short Enterprises will again be participating in the Community Investing working group. The group will focus on actionable strategies to broaden the domestic social finance market in order to use private capital in areas of small business lending, affordable housing, health and community and economic development.

The agenda is driven by the belief that innovative social investment practices can transform the traditional community finance sector even though the current market faces challenges in attracting mainstream private investors. Short Enterprises, along with other noteworthy organizations from around the U.S., will identify approaches to accelerate domestic development and deployment of investment platforms and products. They will also seek to find ways to improve industry education and advance market structures to scale successful community initiatives.


“This is a tremendous opportunity and it is a great honor to be recognized for our work and to be invited to participate in CGI America again this year,” said Short.

“The Community Investment Working Group is a perfect opportunity to identify new partners for future projects to benefit communities across the country and discuss pressing issues with other international experts in the field,” Short continued. “I am especially pleased to see that the working group is again being managed by Nicholas Salter who does an inspiring job bringing the right people together and in facilitating meaningful conversations on substantive topics.”

CGI America 2014 will be held at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel from June 23rd-25th.

For any further information, please contact Aishik Barua, Short Enterprises Communications Manager, at or 917-951-1898.


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