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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
July 7, 2006

Fact Sheet: A Day in Chicago: President Bush Highlights Economic Growth and Innovation

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"I think there's kind of an interesting sense of optimism here in this part of the world, and the statistics bear that out. In the Chicago area, businesses have added over – more than 74,000 new jobs over the past two years. … This morning we got some good news – the Nation added 121,000 new jobs for the month of June. That's over 5.4 million jobs since August of 2003; that's 34 months of job increases. In the first quarter, our economy grew at 5.6 percent; productivity is high."

– President George W. Bush, 7/7/06

Today, In Chicago, President Bush Highlighted America's Growing Economy And Discussed The American Competitiveness Agenda With Visits To Local Landmarks And Discussions With Community Leaders. The President's visit included time with Mayor Richard M. Daley and pillars of Chicago's business community, a press conference at the Museum of Science and Industry followed by a tour of the Museum's Leonardo da Vinci exhibit, and a tour of Cabot Microelectronics Corporation's global headquarters and research and development center where the President spoke about his American Competitiveness Initiative.

This Morning, President Bush Held A Press Conference To Discuss Some Of The Top Priorities On His Agenda. The President answered questions from local and national reporters and discussed topics including the economy, War on Terror, North Korea, and comprehensive immigration reform.

America's Economy – And Illinois' Economy – Are Strong And Growing Stronger

This Morning, The President Highlighted Today's Job Numbers At A Breakfast With Chicago-Area Business Executives At Lou Mitchell's Restaurant, A West Loop Neighborhood Institution.

President Bush's American Competitiveness Initiative Will Keep America Competitive In The Global Economy

This Afternoon, President Bush Toured Cabot Microelectronics Corporation And Discussed The American Competitiveness Initiative (ACI). Located in the Chicago suburb of Aurora, Illinois, Cabot Microelectronics Corporation is a company of 650 employees that helps manufacturers of electronics systems build greater computing power into ever-smaller spaces. Cabot supplies sophisticated polishing materials used in the manufacture of advanced semiconductor chips and disks.

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