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Mayor visits Chicago to announce Better Buildings Challenge partnership

As you heard on the blog last week, Seattle is now an official partner in President Obama’s Better Buildings Challenge through the work of the Seattle 2030 District. Mayor McGinn visited Chicago to participate in the announcement and meet with President Bill Clinton and others at the Clinton Global Initiative.

While at the Clinton Global Intiative America event, the Mayor also participated in a panel discussion on the health care work force where he discussed the Pathways to Careers program.  Pathways to Careers is a partnership between Seattle Community College District, SEIU 775NW Healthcare Training Partnership, SEIU 1199NW and hospital employers to develop interconnected, coherent training pathway leading to medical assistance and registered nurse careers.  He also discussed the Seattle WDC “Health Care For All” grant.  Through this program at least 970 people, including youth and low-income job seekers, will be trained and supported for careers in healthcare.

Mayor McGinn also met in the morning with Gabe Klein, Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Transportation, to discuss the Capitol Bikeshare program which he started while Director of the DC Department of Transportion, as well as Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s efforts to create 100 miles of separated bike lanes in Chicago. We’re hoping Seattle will be next to implement a bike share program, and the conversation with Commissioner Klein was very fruitful.

Photo by: Paul Morse / Clinton Global Initiative

Posted by: April Thomas