WASHINGTON, D.C. – Tony Earley, PG&E’s chairman, CEO and president, joined 300 business and civic leaders at a forum held during the inauguration weekend.
Former President Bill Clinton addressed the event, which was held at the Newseum and sponsored by Business Forward. Clinton spoke about the economy and the need for Washington to engage the American people in key discussions facing our country.
Later in the day, Earley participated in a panel discussion with other business leaders. He stressed the importance of workforce development and job training, noting the role corporations like PG&E can play in partnering with government agencies in creating quality programs that get results like PG&E’s PowerPathway.
He also spoke about PG&E’s role in New Energy Academies at five high schools in its service area. The schools focus on science, technology, engineering and math to enable students to pursue careers and college majors related to energy.
“Both of these efforts – PowerPathway and the New Energy Academy – are examples of programs that couldn’t exist without public-private collaboration,” Earley said. “We couldn’t be as effective without the expertise and cooperation of our partners in the community. And they couldn’t be as effective without our assistance in designing the curricula and helping with training and resources.”
Business Forward is a Washington-based organization established by the White House to bring business leaders together with national leaders to look for common ground in addressing key issues like economic development, job creation, tax reform, health care and education.