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President Obama's Schedule Today (12/3/09)

In the morning, President Obama and Vice President Biden will receive the Presidential Daily Briefing and the Economic Daily Briefing in the Oval Office.

In the afternoon, the president will deliver remarks at the opening session of the Jobs and Economic Growth Forum with CEOs, small business owners, labor leaders, nonprofit heads and others in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis and Biden will also deliver remarks.

Following the opening session, senior administration officials will host discussions on job creation and expanding the economy. The sessions are:

The Innovation Agenda and Green Jobs of the Future - Building on the historic energy technology in the Recovery Act, the jobs summit will include a breakout group to discuss new and additional ideas for creating green jobs, including through encouraging energy efficiency and investment in renewable technologies. (Moderator: Secretary of Energy, Steven Chu and Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change, Carol Browner)

Paving the Road for Small Business Job Growth - Over the course of the last few weeks, the administration has announced several initiatives to increase access to capital for small businesses in communities across the country. In addition to making government funds available to small banks and supporting an increase in the SBA loans that have provided essential funding, the economic team looks forward to hearing from small business leaders and others about what additional steps would be most effective in encouraging small businesses to taking the next step in hiring. (Moderator: Secretary of Treasury, Timothy Geithner and Small Business Administration Administrator, Karen Mills)

Creating Jobs through the Rebuilding of America's Infrastructure -The Recovery Act has been a successful tool in putting Americans back to work in communities across the country and investment in infrastructure will continue to reap benefits through 2010. The breakout group will focus on the best ways to make infrastructure investment a longer term commitment to helping the economy continue on a path to recovery. (Moderator: Secretary of Transportation, Ray LaHood and Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, Peter Orszag)

Expanding Job Opportunities for American Workers Through Exports - There is no question that the rebuilt American economy needs to be more export driven and less consumption driven in order for the United States to continue to have strong and sustainable job creation and economic growth. The forum will have a breakout group focused on how we can continue to take advantage of the rebound in global trade and how to change the tide from consumption driven to export driven growth. (Moderator: Director of the National Economic Council, Lawrence Summers and President and Chairman of the Export-Import Bank of the United States, Fred Hochberg)

Encouraging Business Competitiveness and Job Creation - There are limits to what government can and should do, even during such difficult times and the importance over the long term of the partnership between the public and private sectors. This breakout will be a substantive discussion on ways to encourage businesses to invest and create jobs. (Moderator: Secretary of Commerce, Gary Locke and Chair of the Council of Economic Advisors, Christina Romer)

Preparing Workers and Strengthening Main Street - As the economy recovers, we need to take the necessary steps to retrain workers in fields that are no longer growing and better prepare the next generation of the workforce for the jobs and economy of the future. This session will focus on the challenges facing main street as it seeks to prosper, grow and create jobs. (Moderator: Secretary of Labor, Hilda Solis and Director of White House Domestic Policy Council, Melody Barnes)

After the summit forums, the president will deliver remarks and lead a discussion at the closing session of the Jobs and Economic Growth Forum in the South Court Auditorium. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke will also deliver remarks.

In the evening, the first family will attend the National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on the Ellipse.

Here is the full schedule from the White House (all times Eastern):

9:30AM: President Obama and Vice President Biden receive the Presidential Daily Briefing

10:00AM: President Obama and Vice President Biden receive the Economic Daily Briefing

1:30PM: President Obama delivers remarks at opening session of the Jobs and Economic Growth Forum
3:45PM: President Obama delivers remarks and leads discussion at closing session of the Jobs and Economic Growth Forum

5:00PM: The first family attends the National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony

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