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Statement from U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke on the Reauthorization of the America COMPETES Act

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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

“Yesterday, the president signed the America COMPETES Act and renewed our nation’s focus on science, education and technology, recognizing their importance to the future of American innovation and competitiveness.

“At the U.S. Department of Commerce, this means more research and expanded programs at our National Institute of Standards and Technology and our National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to advance science and technology in the United States. It bolsters our Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship in its efforts to drive the commercialization of new innovations to foster job creation and economic growth. And it supports a Regional Innovation Program through our Economic Development Administration that will help business get off the ground and capitalize on regional strengths.

“These innovative programs and initiatives at the U.S. Department of Commerce, with the help of the America COMPETES Act, will help create jobs here at home, make our businesses more competitive abroad and strengthen the foundation of our economy.”