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The Department of Commerce today announced the results of the referendum to establish an industry-funded checkoff program devoted to the research, education, and promotion of concrete masonry products. The Concrete Checkoff Program will be the first-ever Checkoff Program at the Department of Commerce. The referendum, which passed with support from 62% of Concrete Masonry Units (CMU) Manufacturers...

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The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) estimates that the global sale of counterfeit goods is above $2 trillion. The damage they cause goes well beyond economic repercussions for honest businesses and consumers – counterfeits are cause for serious safety concerns. This is especially important as retailers and their customers are in the midst of the holiday shopping season. Keep...

Commerce Acts to Deter Misuse of Biotechnology, Other U.S. Technologies by the People’s Republic of China to Support Surveillance and Military Modernization that Threaten National Security

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Today, the U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) took action to address the ongoing threats to U.S. national security and foreign policy presented by the People’s Republic of China (PRC)’s efforts to develop and deploy biotechnology and other technologies for military applications and human rights abuses. BIS is also taking action against entities operating in the PRC...

U.S.-Mexico High-Level Economic Dialogue (HLED) Fact Sheet

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The United States and Mexico agree to work on specific activities under each of the four pillars of the HLED, relaunched on September 9, 2021. Pillar I: Building Back Together Strengthening Supply Chains and Coordinating Supply Chain Management in a Crisis Seeks opportunities to complement supply chain needs of both countries by establishing a Working Group that intends to identify specific...

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo Announces Finalists for $1 Billion “Build Back Better Regional Challenge”

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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo today announced the 60 finalists for the U.S. Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) $1 billion “Build Back Better Regional Challenge” – the marquee of EDA’s American Rescue Plan programs – that aims to boost economic pandemic recovery and rebuild American communities, including some that have been grappling with decades of disinvestment. The Build...

MONDAY: U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo and Senator Raphael Warnock to Make Major American Rescue Plan Grant Announcement in Support of Strong Regional Economies in Atlanta and Across the Nation

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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo and Senator Raphael Warnock will make a major national Economic Development Administration (EDA) American Rescue Plan grant announcement in support of locally-driven efforts to boost regional economies in Atlanta and across the nation at an event on Monday, December 13, 2021, at the Russell Innovation Center for Entrepreneurs in Atlanta. Following the...

Secretary Raimondo's Remarks on Increasing American Competitiveness at the Economic Club of New York

Thank you, Barbara, for that introduction, and thank you to the New York Economic Club for hosting me today. It’s always great to be here in New York, especially during the holiday season when this city is so festive. We’re here together in person; people are out and about in the streets. It’s good to see a return to normalcy. As we end the year and reflect on where we are, it has been a...

Readout of Secretary Gina M. Raimondo’s Joint Meeting with Anne-Marie Trevelyan, U.K. Secretary of State for International Trade and Nadine Dorries, U.K. Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

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Today, Secretary Gina M. Raimondo participated in a joint meeting with Anne-Marie Trevelyan, UK Secretary of State for International Trade, and Nadine Dorries, UK Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Secretary Raimondo and Secretary of State Trevelyan discussed finding a path early in the new year for both governments to engage expeditiously in consultations on steel and...

U.S. – U.K. Joint Statement on Deepening the Data Partnership

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Today, the United States Commerce Secretary Gina M. Raimondo and the U.K. Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport Nadine Dorries issued the following statement on their governments’ shared commitment to deepening the UK-U.S. data partnership to realize a more peaceful and prosperous future by promoting the trustworthy use and exchange of data across borders: “The UK and the U.S. can...

Commerce Adds Export Controls on Cambodia to Address Corruption, Human Rights Abuses, and Regional Security Concerns

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Today the Department of Commerce (Commerce) announced new restrictions to address human rights abuses and corruption by Cambodian government actors, including the military, as well as the growing influence of the People’s Republic of China’s military in Cambodia. Commerce has placed new restrictions, including end-use and end-user restrictions, on exports and reexports to Cambodia, and in-country...