I have deep respect for the business leaders here, my many friends who are your members, as well as the organization, World Business Chicago. You are doing so much to make Chicago more innovative and competitive.
It’s great to be here with leaders in business, higher education, labor, and more. Over the past 4 months, I’ve visited 13 states and four countries. My primary goal has been to listen to America’s business community.
Minister al-Rabiah: Thank you for the warmth you have shown from Day One. In fact, it was before Day One. You all may not know this, but he sent me a letter inviting me to attend this conference even before I was confirmed to be Secretary. I appreciate the faith that you had in my nomination.