Red Hat chief will be at jobs summit

STAFF WRITERDecember 3, 2009 

Jim Whitehurst, CEO of Raleigh-based software company Red Hat, is among the executives who will attend President Barack Obama's jobs summit today at the White House.

The group is expected to include about 130 business leaders, union chiefs, academics, mayors and representatives of nonprofit groups. The participants are scheduled to break into groups to discuss issues such as green jobs, small-business incentives, long-range infrastructure plans and training for the jobs of the future.

Other corporate bosses invited by Obama include Google CEO Eric E. Schmidt, Nucor CEO Dan DiMicco and FedEx CEO Fred Smith.

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Wednesday that Obama plans to give a speech next week that will lay out ideas, including some already under discussion by White House economic advisers and others that might arise from the jobs summit. But Gibbs and Democratic leaders in Congress caution that most new steps will have to wait until next year.

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