Department of Commerce: Newsroom Items https://www.commerce.gov/ The most recent 20 items in this list. en Biden-Harris Administration Announces Preliminary Terms with Absolics to Support Development of Glass Substrate Technology for Semiconductor Advanced Packaging https://www.commerce.gov/news/press-releases/2024/05/biden-harris-administration-announces-preliminary-terms-absolics <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Biden-Harris Administration Announces Preliminary Terms with Absolics to Support Development of Glass Substrate Technology for Semiconductor Advanced Packaging</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/207" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">[email protected]</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 05/23/2024 - 05:00</span> <div class="field field--name-field-issues field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/issues/manufacturing" hreflang="en">Manufacturing</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-release-status field--type-list-string field--label-hidden field__item">FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</div> <div class="field field--name-field-release-datetime field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2024-05-23T09:00:00Z" class="datetime">Thursday, May 23, 2024</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-media-contact field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><div about="/bureaus-and-offices/os/public-affairs" id="taxonomy-term-27" class="taxonomy-term vocabulary-bureaus-offices"> <h2><a href="/bureaus-and-offices/os/public-affairs"> <div class="field field--name-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Office of Public Affairs</div> </a></h2> <div class="content"> <div > <div class="field field--name-field-email field--type-email field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="mailto:[email protected]" rel="noreferrer">[email protected]</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><em>Proposed CHIPS Investment Would Support Construction of New Manufacturing Facility and Over 1,200 Jobs in Covington, Georgia</em></p> <p>Today, the Biden-Harris Administration announced that the U.S. Department of Commerce and Absolics, an affiliate of the Korea-based SKC, have signed a non-binding preliminary memorandum of terms (PMT) to provide up to $75 million in direct funding under the CHIPS and Science Act to help advance U.S. technology leadership. The proposed CHIPS investment would support the construction of a 120,000 square-foot facility in Covington, Georgia and the development of substrates technology for use in semiconductor advanced packaging. The proposed investment with Absolics is the first proposed CHIPS investment in a commercial facility supporting the semiconductor supply chain by manufacturing a new advanced material.</p> <p>“An important part of the success of President Biden’s CHIPS program is ensuring the United States is a global leader in every part of the semiconductor supply chain, and the advanced semiconductor packaging technologies Absolics is working on will help to achieve that goal, while also creating hundreds of jobs in Georgia,” said <strong>U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo</strong>. “Through this proposed investment in Absolics, the Biden-Harris Administration is helping accelerate innovation, advance U.S. technological leadership in semiconductor manufacturing, and generate economic opportunity in the Atlanta area and throughout the state.” </p> <p>Because of President Biden’s CHIPS and Science Act, this proposed investment would support over an estimated 1,000 construction jobs and approximately 200 manufacturing and R&amp;D jobs in Covington and enhance innovation capacity at Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), supporting the local semiconductor talent pipeline. Started through a collaboration with the 3D Packaging Research Center at Georgia Tech, Absolics’ project serves as an example of American lab-to-fab development and production.</p> <p>“Since Day One of this Administration, President Biden has committed to growing the economy from the middle-out and bottom-up,” said <strong>Chief Economist of the Investing in America Cabinet Heather Boushey</strong>. “He passed historic legislation to invest in America – the American Rescue Plan, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the Inflation Reduction Act, and the CHIPS and Science Act – rebuilding our infrastructure, lowering costs, and creating opportunities for families, workers, and businesses. This new agreement with Absolics is going to help us meet the demand for the technology of tomorrow while supporting good-paying jobs in Georgia today.”</p> <p>Absolics glass substrates will be used as an important advanced packaging technology to increase the performance of leading-edge chips for AI, high-performance compute and data centers by reducing power consumption and system complexity. The glass substrates produced by Absolics enable smaller, more densely packed, and shorter length connections resulting in faster and more energy efficient computing. Currently, the advanced packaging substrates market is concentrated in Asia, and, because of this proposed CHIPS investment, U.S.-based companies would have an expanded domestic supply of glass substrates for advanced packaging.</p> <p>Advanced packaging is an essential component for U.S. companies to improve semiconductor applications. The path to advanced packaging starts with substrates, which are the foundations on which systems are built. More capable substrates open the door to innovation at every other level in the packaging process. The company will continue its R&amp;D work with Georgia Tech, while also collaborating on projects related to the Department of Defense’s “State-of-the-Art" Heterogeneous Integrated Packaging (SHIP) program in RF technologies. Absolics commitment to working with and developing local talent also includes a partnership with Georgia Piedmont Technical College to provide work-ready education and hands-on skill training.</p> <p>“Creating a broad-based advanced packaging ecosystem is crucial to the success of revitalizing the U.S. semiconductor industry and this all begins with substrates,” said <strong>Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and National Institute of Standards and Technology Director Laurie Locascio</strong>. “Supporting innovation of the substrate can improve performance and reduce power needs in advanced packaging technologies which are critical to the needs of artificial intelligence capabilities and high-performance compute.”</p> <p>“With the support of this proposed CHIPS funding, Absolics would be able to fully commercialize our pioneering glass substrate technology for use in high-performance computing and cutting-edge defense applications. This effort is an important component of establishing a robust semiconductor advanced packaging ecosystem in the State of Georgia and restoring the U.S.’s leadership in semiconductor industry. Our new facility in Covington will not only enhance our ability to produce high-quality glass substrates but also create high-skilled jobs and drive innovation through our partnership with Georgia Tech,” said <strong>Absolics CEO Jun Rok Oh</strong>. “Absolics is proud to contribute to the resilience and competitiveness of the American semiconductor industry.”</p> <p>As explained in its first <a href="https://www.nist.gov/chips/notice-funding-opportunity-commercial-fabrication-facilities" rel="noreferrer">Notice of Funding Opportunity</a>, the Department may offer applicants a PMT on a non-binding basis after satisfactory completion of the merit review of a full application. The PMT outlines key terms for a potential CHIPS incentives award, including the amount and form of the award. The award amounts are subject to due diligence and negotiation of award documents and are conditional on the achievement of certain milestones. After the PMT is signed, the Department begins a comprehensive due diligence process on the proposed projects and continues negotiating or refining certain terms with the applicant. The terms contained in any final award documents may differ from the terms of the PMT being announced today. </p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing"><strong>About CHIPS for America</strong></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing">The Department has received more than 660 statements of interest, more than 220 pre-applications and full applications for NOFO 1, and more than 160 small supplier concept plans for NOFO 2. The Department is continuing to conduct rigorous evaluation of applications to determine which projects will advance U.S. national and economic security, attract more private capital, and deliver other economic benefits to the country. The announcement with Absolics is the ninth PMT announcement the Department of Commerce has made under the CHIPS and Science Act, with additional PMT announcements expected to follow throughout 2024.</p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing">CHIPS for America is part of President Biden’s economic plan to invest in America, stimulate private sector investment, create good-paying jobs, make more in the United States, and revitalize communities left behind. CHIPS for America includes the CHIPS Program Office, responsible for manufacturing incentives, and the CHIPS Research and Development Office, responsible for R&amp;D programs, that both sit within the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) at the Department of Commerce. NIST promotes U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life. NIST is uniquely positioned to successfully administer the CHIPS for America program because of the bureau’s strong relationships with U.S. industries, its deep understanding of the semiconductor ecosystem, and its reputation as fair and trusted. Visit <a href="https://www.chips.gov" rel="noreferrer">https://www.chips.gov</a> to learn more.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-bureaus-offices field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Bureaus and Offices</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/bureaus-and-offices/nist" hreflang="en">National Institute of Standards and Technology</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Tags</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/tags/chips-america" hreflang="en">CHIPS for America</a></div> </div> </div> Thu, 23 May 2024 09:00:00 +0000 [email protected] 6755 at https://www.commerce.gov Commerce Department Announces New Industry Voluntary Pledge to Bring more Women into Construction Industry https://www.commerce.gov/news/press-releases/2024/05/commerce-department-announces-new-industry-voluntary-pledge-bring-more <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Commerce Department Announces New Industry Voluntary Pledge to Bring more Women into Construction Industry </span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/151" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">[email protected]</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 05/21/2024 - 11:13</span> <div class="field field--name-field-issues field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/issues/investing-communities-and-workers" hreflang="en">Investing in communities and workers</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-release-status field--type-list-string field--label-hidden field__item">FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</div> <div class="field field--name-field-release-datetime field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2024-05-21T15:13:13Z" class="datetime">Tuesday, May 21, 2024</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-media-contact field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><div about="/bureaus-and-offices/os/public-affairs" id="taxonomy-term-27" class="taxonomy-term vocabulary-bureaus-offices"> <h2><a href="/bureaus-and-offices/os/public-affairs"> <div class="field field--name-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Office of Public Affairs</div> </a></h2> <div class="content"> <div > <div class="field field--name-field-email field--type-email field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="mailto:[email protected]" rel="noreferrer">[email protected]</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><em>Construction companies including Baker Construction, Gilbane Building Company, McKissack &amp; McKissack, Mortenson, Power Design, Shawmut Design and Construction, and Suffolk sign on to Million Women in Construction Community Pledge </em></p> <p>Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced the Million Women in Construction Community Pledge to bring more women into the construction workforce -- as well as several leading construction companies that have signed on to the Pledge. These companies are Baker Construction, Gilbane Building Company, McKissack &amp; McKissack, Mortenson, Power Design, Shawmut Design and Construction, and Suffolk. In addition, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo is making an industry-wide call for more companies, unions, and training organizations to sign on to the <a href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/lnks.gd/l/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJidWxsZXRpbl9saW5rX2lkIjoxMDEsInVyaSI6ImJwMjpjbGljayIsInVybCI6Imh0dHBzOi8vd3d3LmNvbW1lcmNlLmdvdi9pc3N1ZXMvbWlsbGlvbi13b21lbi1jb25zdHJ1Y3Rpb24taW5pdGlhdGl2ZS9taWxsaW9uLXdvbWVuLWNvbnN0cnVjdGlvbi1jb21tdW5pdHktcGxlZGdlIiwiYnVsbGV0aW5faWQiOiIyMDI0MDUyMS45NTExMTE3MSJ9.XZkC128V7iqXtLhyAFtNFON_SYgIzWaCx-8mZq4DwbM/s/606887802/br/242802248556-l__;!!FiG2giev53vN!9g8CJnXrZ3HnER5fs3tCCwoJOw1KGXUefCuzzk3L9GFP_SCrqjvhvAjw9igb4kjidMM8sxy6p4GjBOi0eaQetNOtFwCb1nVJ$" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Pledge</a>.</p> <p>By signing on to the Million Women in Construction Community Pledge, leaders in the industry are demonstrating an ongoing commitment to increase women’s access to training, jobs and leadership opportunities. This follows an announcement made earlier this month launching the <a href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/lnks.gd/l/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJidWxsZXRpbl9saW5rX2lkIjoxMDIsInVyaSI6ImJwMjpjbGljayIsInVybCI6Imh0dHBzOi8vd3d3LmNvbW1lcmNlLmdvdi9uZXdzL3ByZXNzLXJlbGVhc2VzLzIwMjQvMDUvdXMtZGVwYXJ0bWVudC1jb21tZXJjZS1sYXVuY2hlcy1jaGlwcy13b21lbi1jb25zdHJ1Y3Rpb24tZnJhbWV3b3JrIiwiYnVsbGV0aW5faWQiOiIyMDI0MDUyMS45NTExMTE3MSJ9.1Y8YCSpGRO-NEbpj-v6-wy1y9gH3ghMiC1NQB-QOeJo/s/606887802/br/242802248556-l__;!!FiG2giev53vN!9g8CJnXrZ3HnER5fs3tCCwoJOw1KGXUefCuzzk3L9GFP_SCrqjvhvAjw9igb4kjidMM8sxy6p4GjBOi0eaQetNOtF_WYNJDC$" rel="noreferrer">CHIPS Women in Construction Framework.</a> Construction companies, unions, and training organizations can join the initiative by pledging to focus on or scale up equitable hiring and workforce development efforts that create broader pipelines and opportunities for women.  This industry-wide call to action encourages signers to voluntarily take action by utilizing best practices, including building community partnerships to reach women and girls, investing in solutions that increase supportive services such as child care, and fostering safe, healthy, and respectful workplaces.</p> <p>“President Biden’s Investing in America agenda is creating a construction boom all over the country, and with that boom comes a huge increase in jobs and opportunities for workers in construction and the trades. But right now, women make up less than 11% of jobs in construction and only 4% in skilled trades. Many of these are good-paying, quality jobs you can get without a college degree, and women deserve equal opportunity for these jobs,” said Secretary Raimondo. “If we’re going to meet this moment, we need more women in the construction, and we need an industry-wide commitment, which is why I’m calling on everyone – contractors, labor unions, training organizations – to join our Community Pledge to commit to solutions and support proven strategies that help overcome barriers faced by women and underserved communities in construction and the trades.”</p> <p>The announcement comes after a roundtable of construction industry leaders, convened by The Real Estate Roundtable and attended by Secretary Raimondo, to discuss the Million Women in Construction Community Pledge.</p> <p>“The construction industry continues to face significant labor challenges due to the aging workforce and dwindling number of young people entering the construction field. There is a critical need to attract more talent and diversify our workforce to ensure we have the resources to build our cities and grow our economy,” said John Fish, Chair of The Real Estate Roundtable and Chairman and CEO of Suffolk<strong>.</strong> “Suffolk is honored and privileged to be one of the first companies to commit to Secretary Raimondo’s inspiring Million Women in Construction Pledge. As an organization that has long been committed to rebuilding the ratio of women in the construction industry, we are proud to play a leadership role in inspiring other organizations to commit to this effort and help position our American workforce for future growth and success.”</p> <p>The Million Women in Construction initiative is a nationwide call to action for the construction industry – construction contractors, trade unions, and training institutions – to commit to bold steps that will ensure a robust and diverse workforce in the years ahead. It will be necessary to recruit, train, hire, and retain thousands of new and non-traditional workers – the next generation of skilled laborers and leaders who are prepared to rebuild U.S. infrastructure and supply chains and complement Federal government investments.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-leadership field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Leadership</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/about/leadership/gina-m-raimondo" hreflang="en">Gina M. Raimondo </a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Tags</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/tags/secretary-gina-raimondo" hreflang="en">Secretary Gina Raimondo</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/tags/workforce-development" hreflang="en">Workforce Development</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/tags/training" hreflang="en">Training</a></div> </div> </div> Tue, 21 May 2024 15:13:13 +0000 [email protected] 6751 at https://www.commerce.gov U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo Releases Strategic Vision on AI Safety, Announces Plan for Global Cooperation Among AI Safety Institutes https://www.commerce.gov/news/press-releases/2024/05/us-secretary-commerce-gina-raimondo-releases-strategic-vision-ai-safety <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo Releases Strategic Vision on AI Safety, Announces Plan for Global Cooperation Among AI Safety Institutes </span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/151" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">[email protected]</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 05/21/2024 - 09:06</span> <div class="field field--name-field-issues field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/issues/artificial-intelligence" hreflang="en">Artificial Intelligence</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-release-status field--type-list-string field--label-hidden field__item">FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</div> <div class="field field--name-field-release-datetime field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2024-05-21T13:06:41Z" class="datetime">Tuesday, May 21, 2024</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-media-contact field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><div about="/bureaus-and-offices/os/public-affairs" id="taxonomy-term-27" class="taxonomy-term vocabulary-bureaus-offices"> <h2><a href="/bureaus-and-offices/os/public-affairs"> <div class="field field--name-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Office of Public Affairs</div> </a></h2> <div class="content"> <div > <div class="field field--name-field-email field--type-email field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="mailto:[email protected]" rel="noreferrer">[email protected]</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><em>As AI Seoul Summit begins, Raimondo unveils Commerce’s goals on AI safety under President Biden’s leadership.</em></p> <p><em>Raimondo announces plans for global network of AI Safety Institutes and future convening in the U.S. in San Francisco area, where the U.S. AI Safety Institute recently established a presence. </em></p> <p>Today, as the AI Seoul Summit begins, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo released a strategic vision for the U.S. Artificial Intelligence Safety Institute (AISI), describing the Department’s approach to AI safety under President Biden’s leadership. At President Biden’s direction, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) within the Department of Commerce launched the AISI, building on NIST’s long-standing work on AI. In addition to releasing a strategic vision, Raimondo also shared the Department’s plans to work with a global scientific network for AI safety through meaningful engagement with AI Safety Institutes and other government-backed scientific offices, and to convene the institutes later this year in the San Francisco area, where the AISI recently established a presence.</p> <p>“Recent advances in AI carry exciting, lifechanging potential for our society, but only if we do the hard work to mitigate the very real dangers of AI that exist if it is not developed and deployed responsibly. That is the focus of our work every single day at the U.S. AI Safety Institute, where our scientists are fully engaged with civil society, academia, industry, and the public sector so we can understand and reduce the risks of AI, with the fundamental goal of harnessing the benefits,” said U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo. “The strategic vision we released today makes clear how we intend to work to achieve that objective and highlights the importance of cooperation with our allies through a global scientific network on AI safety. Safety fosters innovation, so it is paramount that we get this right and that we do so in concert with our partners around the world to ensure the rules of the road on AI are written by societies that uphold human rights, safety, and trust.”</p> <p><strong>Commerce Department AI Safety Institute Strategic Vision</strong></p> <p>The strategic vision released today, available <a href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/www.nist.gov/aisi/strategic-vision__;!!FiG2giev53vN!-MFlVbo9y7CS-A7q7bBlO2usjf4Xkr9Uc6NpdjNPD_sdDSCa_z5Eo_wCG4UxalFjD6jGzB3fsNcoh3RUgcrl0tOTbTxjmG-c0Q$" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">here</a>, outlines the steps that the AISI plans to take to advance the science of AI safety and facilitate safe and responsible AI innovation. At the direction of President Biden, NIST <a href="//www.commerce.gov/news/press-releases/2024/02/us-commerce-secretary-gina-raimondo-announces-key-executive-leadership" rel="noreferrer">established the AISI</a> and has since <a href="//www.commerce.gov/news/press-releases/2024/04/us-commerce-secretary-gina-raimondo-announces-expansion-us-ai-safety" rel="noreferrer">built an executive leadership team</a> that brings together some of the brightest minds in academia, industry and government.</p> <p>The strategic vision describes the AISI’s philosophy, mission, and strategic goals. Rooted in two core principles—first, that beneficial AI depends on AI safety; and second, that AI safety depends on science—the AISI aims to address key challenges, including a lack of standardized metrics for frontier AI, underdeveloped testing and validation methods, limited national and global coordination on AI safety issues, and more.</p> <p>The AISI will focus on three key goals:</p> <ol><li>Advance the science of AI safety;</li> <li>Articulate, demonstrate, and disseminate the practices of AI safety; and</li> <li>Support institutions, communities, and coordination around AI safety.</li> </ol><p>To achieve these goals, the AISI plans to, among other activities, conduct testing of advanced models and systems to assess potential and emerging risks; develop guidelines on evaluations and risk mitigations, among other topics; and perform and coordinate technical research. The U.S. AI Safety Institute will work closely with diverse AI industry, civil society members, and international partners to achieve these objectives.</p> <p><strong>Launch of International Network of AI Safety Institutes</strong></p> <p>Concurrently, today Secretary Raimondo announced that the Department and the AISI will help launch a global scientific network for AI safety through meaningful engagement with AI Safety Institutes and other government-backed scientific offices focused on AI safety and committed to international cooperation. Building on the foundational understanding achieved by the Republic of Korea and our other partners at the AI Seoul Summit through the <em>Seoul Statement of Intent toward International Cooperation on AI Safety Science, </em>this network will strengthen and expand on AISI's previously announced collaborations with the AI Safety Institutes of the UK, Japan, Canada, and Singapore, as well as the European AI Office and its scientific components and affiliates, and will catalyze a new phase of international coordination on Al safety science and governance. This network will promote safe, secure, and trustworthy artificial intelligence systems for people around the world by enabling closer collaboration on strategic research and public deliverables.</p> <p>To further collaboration between this network, AISI intends to convene international AI Safety Institutes and other stakeholders later this year in the San Francisco area. The AISI has recently established a Bay Area presence and will be leveraging the location to recruit additional talent.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-bureaus-offices field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Bureaus and Offices</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/bureaus-and-offices/nist" hreflang="en">National Institute of Standards and Technology</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-leadership field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Leadership</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/about/leadership/gina-m-raimondo" hreflang="en">Gina M. Raimondo </a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Tags</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/tags/secretary-gina-raimondo" hreflang="en">Secretary Gina Raimondo</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/tags/innovation" hreflang="en">Innovation</a></div> </div> </div> Tue, 21 May 2024 13:06:41 +0000 [email protected] 6750 at https://www.commerce.gov U.S. Department of Commerce Presents 2024 Presidential Awards for Export Achievements https://www.commerce.gov/news/press-releases/2024/05/us-department-commerce-presents-2024-presidential-awards-export <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">U.S. Department of Commerce Presents 2024 Presidential Awards for Export Achievements</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/207" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">[email protected]</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 05/14/2024 - 15:00</span> <div class="field field--name-field-issues field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/issues/export-and-investment-promotion" hreflang="en">Export and investment promotion</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-release-status field--type-list-string field--label-hidden field__item">FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</div> <div class="field field--name-field-release-datetime field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2024-05-14T19:00:00Z" class="datetime">Tuesday, May 14, 2024</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-media-contact field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><div about="/bureaus-and-offices/os/public-affairs" id="taxonomy-term-27" class="taxonomy-term vocabulary-bureaus-offices"> <h2><a href="/bureaus-and-offices/os/public-affairs"> <div class="field field--name-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Office of Public Affairs</div> </a></h2> <div class="content"> <div > <div class="field field--name-field-email field--type-email field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="mailto:[email protected]" rel="noreferrer">[email protected]</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><em>64 U.S. companies and organizations to receive nation’s top export honors</em></p> <p>Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce honored 64 companies and organizations from across the country with the President’s “E” and “E Star” Awards recognizing their contributions to increasing U.S. exports.</p> <p>Created in 1961 by Executive Order of the President, the President’s “E” Award is the highest recognition a U.S. entity can receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports. U.S. companies that have successfully grown their exports in overseas markets, along with companies or organizations that have facilitated the exports of others, are nominated by the International Trade Administration’s (ITA) U.S. Commercial Service, within the U.S. Department of Commerce.</p> <p>“Trade impacts the lives of every American worker, business and community,” <strong>said U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo</strong>. “I am proud to recognize this year’s President’s “E” and “E Star” award recipients for their efforts and contributions to increase economic prosperity across our country and further position the U.S. private sector as the partner of choice in markets around the globe.”</p> <p>The 64 winners hailed from a total of 32 states and were recognized at a ceremony at the U.S. Department of Commerce Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Categories included:</p> <p><br /><strong>“E” Award for Exports</strong><br /> This year, 30 companies were honored with the “E” Award for Exports for demonstrating a sustained increase in export sales over a four-year period.</p> <ol><li>American Fuel Cell and Coated Fabrics – Magnolia, Arkansas</li> <li>Lira Cosmeceutical, Inc. – Dublin, California</li> <li>Loring Smart Roast – Santa Rosa, California</li> <li>Resecurity, Inc. – Los Angeles, California</li> <li>Sentro Technologies USA, LLC – Newport Beach, California</li> <li>Defibtech LLC – Guilford, Connecticut</li> <li>Element 119 – Thomaston, Connecticut</li> <li>The Woodstock Academy – Woodstock, Connecticut</li> <li>International Code Council – Washington, District of Columbia</li> <li>Cunsa International LLC – Miami, Florida</li> <li>Pan American Zinc – Miami, Florida</li> <li>Trans Globe LLC – Woodstock, Georgia</li> <li>Stellar Industries – Garner, Iowa</li> <li>High Point Aerotechnologies – Boise, Idaho</li> <li>Cimcor, Inc. – Merrillville, Indiana</li> <li>Oscarware, Inc. – Bonnieville, Kentucky</li> <li>Wildlife Acoustics, Inc. – Maynard, Massachusetts</li> <li>University of Central Missouri – Warrensburg, Missouri</li> <li>NearshoreNetworks – Asheville, North Carolina</li> <li>Sciencix, Inc. – Cary, North Carolina</li> <li>Sable Systems International, Inc. – North Las Vegas, Nevada</li> <li>Ben–Amun Company Inc. – New York, New York</li> <li>AcraDyne – Portland, Oregon</li> <li>Inert Products LLC – Scranton, Pennsylvania</li> <li>Loh Medical – Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania</li> <li>Ruff Land Performance Kennels – Tea, South Dakota</li> <li>BEYOND International Inc. – Sugarland, Texas</li> <li>Fleetsoft – Plano, Texas</li> <li>Mil Agro, Inc. – Hyrum, Utah</li> <li>ExploreLearning, LLC – Charlottesville, Virginia</li> </ol><p><strong>“E” Award for Export Service</strong><br /> Ten companies and organizations received the “E” Award for Export Service for assisting and facilitating export activities.</p> <ol><li>Regions Bank – Birmingham, Alabama</li> <li>Atrafin LLC – La Jolla, California</li> <li>Center for Global Business, Robert H. Smith School of Business – College Park, Maryland</li> <li>Dorian Drake International – White Plains, New York</li> <li>New York City Tourism + Conventions – New York, New York</li> <li>JZJ Insurance Services, Inc. – Columbus, Ohio</li> <li>Regional Growth Partnership Inc. – Toledo, Ohio</li> <li>R.L. Swearer Co. Inc. – Moon, Pennsylvania</li> <li>Torres Trade Law, PLLC – Dallas, Texas</li> <li>Direct Online Marketing – Wheeling, West Virginia</li> </ol><p><strong>“E Star” Award for Exports</strong><br /> Thirteen companies received the “E” Star Award for Exports, which recognizes previous “E” Awardees that have reported four years of additional export growth.</p> <ol><li>American Trading International Inc. – Los Angeles, California*</li> <li>Miyamoto International, Inc – West Sacramento, California</li> <li>Walton and Post, Inc. – Miami, Florida*</li> <li>HornerXpress Worldwide – Ft. Lauderdale, Florida</li> <li>Sigma Recycling – Norcross, Georgia</li> <li>Flexo Concepts – Plymouth, Massachusetts</li> <li>Sunnen Products Company – St. Louis, Missouri*</li> <li>Argus Fire Control, Inc – Charlotte, North Carolina</li> <li>Equilibar – Fletcher, North Carolina</li> <li>Intelligent Security Systems – Woodbridge, New Jersey</li> <li>Ace Pump Corporation – Memphis, Tennessee*</li> <li>Hydro-Thermal Corporation – Waukesha, Wisconsin*</li> <li>S3 AeroDefense, LLC – Milwaukee, Wisconsin</li> </ol><p><strong>“E Star” Award for Export Service</strong><br /> Eleven entities were awarded the “E” Star Award for Export Service, which recognizes previous “E” Awardees that have shown four years of continued support of exporters since first winning the “E” Award.</p> <ol><li>IAPMO – Ontario, California</li> <li>Intralink – Saratoga, California</li> <li>Robinson + Cole – Hartford, Connecticut</li> <li>National U.S.–Arab Chamber of Commerce – Washington, District of Columbia</li> <li>IBT Online LLC – Ft. Lauderdale, Florida</li> <li>Massachusetts Export Center – Newtown, Massachusetts</li> <li>The New Jersey Office of Export Promotion – Trenton, New Jersey*</li> <li>American Association of Independent Music – New York, New York</li> <li>Ohio Department of Development – Columbus, Ohio</li> <li>FedEx Corporation – Memphis, Tennessee</li> <li>Virginia Economic Development Partnership Division of International Trade – Richmond, Virginia</li> </ol><p>*This is the second "E Star" award for this recipient.</p> <p>Companies are nominated for “E” Awards through the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service office network, located within the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration.</p> <p>For more information about the “E” Awards and the benefits of exporting, visit <a href="//www.commerce.gov/tags/e-awards" rel="noreferrer">https://www.commerce.gov/tags/e–awards</a>.</p> <p><strong>About the International Trade Administration</strong><br /> The International Trade Administration (ITA) at the U.S. Department of Commerce is the premier government resource for American companies competing in the global marketplace. Operating in more than 100 U.S. locations and 80 markets worldwide, ITA promotes trade and investment, assists U.S. businesses and workers to export and expand globally and ensures fair trade and compliance by enforcing U.S. trade laws and agreements. For more information on ITA, visit <a href="http://www.trade.gov" rel="noreferrer">www.trade.gov</a>.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-bureaus-offices field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Bureaus and Offices</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/bureaus-and-offices/ita" hreflang="en">International Trade Administration</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Tags</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/tags/e-awards" hreflang="en">E Awards</a></div> </div> </div> Tue, 14 May 2024 19:00:00 +0000 [email protected] 6730 at https://www.commerce.gov U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo Announces Order to Harness Potential of America’s Workforce, Releases DOC Workforce Policy Agenda https://www.commerce.gov/news/press-releases/2024/05/us-secretary-commerce-gina-raimondo-announces-order-harness-potential <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo Announces Order to Harness Potential of America’s Workforce, Releases DOC Workforce Policy Agenda</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1267" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">[email protected]</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 05/14/2024 - 14:37</span> <div class="field field--name-field-release-status field--type-list-string field--label-hidden field__item">FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</div> <div class="field field--name-field-release-datetime field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2024-05-14T18:30:41Z" class="datetime">Tuesday, May 14, 2024</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-media-contact field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><div about="/bureaus-and-offices/os/public-affairs" id="taxonomy-term-27" class="taxonomy-term vocabulary-bureaus-offices"> <h2><a href="/bureaus-and-offices/os/public-affairs"> <div class="field field--name-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Office of Public Affairs</div> </a></h2> <div class="content"> <div > <div class="field field--name-field-email field--type-email field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="mailto:[email protected]" rel="noreferrer">[email protected]</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><em>Raimondo DAO unites the Department’s workforce equities across bureaus to empower workers with education and technical skills necessary to thrive in our increasingly tech-driven economy</em></p> <p>Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo announced a Department Administrative Order (DAO) to establish a Department of Commerce workforce policy agenda focused on preparing workers with the education and skills necessary to accelerate the development and deployment of critical and emerging technologies, which are critical to U.S. economic competitiveness and national security. The DAO frames a Commerce approach to workforce investments that is employer-led, worker-centric, and fully integrated into the Department’s historic work through the Biden-Harris Investing in America agenda.  </p> <p>“America is the most competitive country in the world, and that’s because of the strength of our workforce. But if we want to stay ahead, we need to ensure we are empowering our workers with the skills they need to secure the good-paying jobs we’re creating under President Biden’s Investing in America agenda,” <strong>said Secretary Raimondo</strong>. “The diversity of our workforce is our greatest asset, and to make our country even more competitive, we can’t have any Americans stuck in the margins of our economy. The order I’m announcing today highlights how the Department of Commerce is investing more than $1.6 billion in our workforce and the support services needed to upskill and connect workers with family sustaining jobs in their communities in key industries that will keep the United States at the forefront of our 21st-century economy.” </p> <p>The DAO cements two sets of principles that have guided the Department’s workforce development programs. First, the DAO establishes Principles for Workforce Investments. These reflect the employer-led, worker-centric approach to the Department’s workforce development programs as first developed under the Good Jobs Challenge and are guiding workforce program development across the Department.  </p> <p>Second, through the <a href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/www.dol.gov/general/good-jobs/principles__;!!FiG2giev53vN!8SP4UPABl6IsI9gbhfAMoeP4WoF505_jt4F0fZU7-ExIMZV4A5RJd7P9uYVo0lL3qSsC9kZX9nAs4md7gewpifSdKU7IRZMwtkY$" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Good Jobs Principles</a>, the DAO helps ensure the Department’s programs support the creation of goods jobs as a building block for equitable economic growth.  Developed jointly with the Department of Labor, the Good Jobs Principles provide a framework for workers, businesses, labor unions, advocates, researchers, state and local governments, and Federal agencies for a shared vision of job quality.  </p> <p>The DAO sets as departmental policy that economic development and workforce development are inextricably linked. Therefore, the Departmental should prioritize the expansion, creation, and coordination of regional clusters in tandem with modern workforce development strategies.  </p> <p>The DAO lays out the Department’s three-part approach to its meet employers’ need for talent and to connect Americans to good jobs:  </p> <ol><li>Invest in employer-driven education and training systems; </li> <li>Foster transformative employer practices, and;  </li> <li>Produce timely data to help Americans develop and advance.  </li> </ol><p>Finally, the DAO establishes the Commerce Workforce Council to develop and implement the Department’s workforce policy, programs, and initiatives and coordinate with other federal agencies. The DAO charges the council with conducting an annual inventory of programs, funding, and personnel; setting metrics and goals on the aggregate outcomes of the Department’s programs; and publishing an annual report on its activities. </p> <p>For more information on this Department Administrative Order, it can be read in full <a href="//www.commerce.gov/opog/directives/DAO_216-24" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">here</a>.  </p></div> Tue, 14 May 2024 18:37:06 +0000 [email protected] 6732 at https://www.commerce.gov Investing in America, Investing in Americans Workforce Development Programs at the U.S. Department of Commerce https://www.commerce.gov/news/fact-sheets/2024/05/investing-america-investing-americans-workforce-development-programs-us <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Investing in America, Investing in Americans Workforce Development Programs at the U.S. Department of Commerce</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/207" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">[email protected]</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 05/14/2024 - 14:34</span> <div class="field field--name-field-issues field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/issues/investing-communities-and-workers" hreflang="en">Investing in communities and workers</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/issues/workforce-development" hreflang="en">Our Workforce Development Strategy</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-release-status field--type-list-string field--label-hidden field__item">FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</div> <div class="field field--name-field-release-datetime field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2024-05-14T18:34:31Z" class="datetime">Tuesday, May 14, 2024</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-media-contact field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><div about="/bureaus-and-offices/os/public-affairs" id="taxonomy-term-27" class="taxonomy-term vocabulary-bureaus-offices"> <h2><a href="/bureaus-and-offices/os/public-affairs"> <div class="field field--name-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Office of Public Affairs</div> </a></h2> <div class="content"> <div > <div class="field field--name-field-email field--type-email field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="mailto:[email protected]" rel="noreferrer">[email protected]</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>“America is the most competitive country in the world, and that’s because of the strength of our workforce. But if we want to stay ahead, we need to ensure we are empowering our workers with the skills they need to secure the good-paying jobs we’re creating under President Biden’s Investing in America agenda.”</p> <p>—U.S.  Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo</p> <p>On May 14, 2024, Secretary Raimondo announced a <a href="//www.commerce.gov/opog/directives/DAO_216-24" rel="noreferrer">Department Administrative Order</a> (DAO) to establish a Department of Commerce workforce policy agenda focused on preparing workers with the education and skills necessary to accelerate the development and deployment of critical and emerging technologies, which are essential to U.S. economic competitiveness and national security. The DAO frames a Commerce approach to workforce investments that is employer-led, worker-centric, and focused on equity.</p> <p>Our nation’s global competitiveness derives from the ingenuity, the skills, and the drive of the American people.  The United States has been the world’s leader in technological innovation for decades, and that leadership has happened in significant part because of public and private investments in education and workforce training.</p> <p>Guided by its overarching mission to create the conditions for economic growth and opportunity for all communities, the U.S. Department of Commerce supports policies that expand, create, and coordinate industrial and innovation clusters to advance U.S. competitiveness in tandem with a modern workforce development strategy. In short, the Department sees economic development and workforce development as inextricably linked.</p> <p>The Department of Commerce has a three-part approach to building sustainable, employer-driven career pathways to meet employers’ need for talent and to connect Americans to good jobs:</p> <ol><li><strong>Invest</strong> in employer-driven regional workforce education and training systems that lead to good jobs.</li> <li><strong>Foster transformative employer practices</strong> to address challenges in identifying, recruiting, and developing a diverse, skilled workforce.</li> <li><strong>Produce</strong> and disseminate <strong>timely, clear data</strong> and information to help Americans discover and participate in opportunities for skills development and economic advancement.</li> </ol><p><strong>Investments</strong></p> <ul><li> In the last 40 years, we have seen the same challenging story play out across the country. Manufacturing plants close down and family sustaining jobs dry up. The old style of “train and pray” workforce development didn’t work because our economic development and workforce development strategies need to go hand in hand. To that end, the Department has transformed from being a major voice in workforce policy into a major actor through programs that explicitly link economic development and workforce development.</li> </ul><p>Since January 2021, the Department has dedicated more than $1.6 billion dollars and counting to workforce investment. Our investments are rooted in employer-led partnerships with education, labor, and community groups. The partnerships have clear employer commitments such that workers are gaining skills needed for real, high-quality jobs that will drive the innovation economy. </p> <p>As guided by the DAO’s Principles for Workforce Investments, our workforce programs are:</p> <ul><li>Employer-led to ensure skilled workers are connected to quality job opportunities.</li> <li>Guided by multiple community partners such as educational institutions, labor unions, community-based organizations, and economic development organizations.</li> <li>Include wrap-around services to support the most vulnerable populations.</li> <li>Advance educational and workplace diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility.</li> <li>Prioritize proven earn-and-learn models like Registered Apprenticeships.</li> <li>Lead to stackable, industry-recognized credentials and ensure that information about credentials is publicly accessible through the use of linked open data formats that support full transparency and interoperability.</li> <li>Measure and evaluate outcomes such as workers’ employment and earnings. Ensure that data is transparent, actionable, and linked back to those executing programs.</li> <li>Build sustainable systems and partnerships that endure to serve employers and workers beyond the federal investment.</li> <li>Connect workforce development to economic development.</li> <li>Coordinated across the federal government.</li> <li>Encourage the use of other government and private funding.</li> </ul><p>The programs are beginning to deliver results for American workers, families, communities, and businesses.</p> <p><strong>Economic Development Administration (EDA)</strong></p> <ul><li>The <strong>Good Jobs Challenge</strong> invested $500 million to train and place 50,000 workers in high quality jobs over the next three years. Launched in 2021, the Economic Development Administration program targets underserved populations across the country and provides wraparound services that overcome barriers to work, like career guidance, transportation, and childcare.  To date, Good Jobs Challenge grantees in 31 states and 1 territory have trained more than 11,000 people and placed 3,000 workers into good jobs. We are also seeing our focus on equity pay off. Grantees are beating industry trends for black participation in energy and resilience, Hispanic participation in IT, and Native American participation in construction. And 18% of participants in skilled trades programs are women—close to double the national average. In FY24, Commerce secured an additional $25 million to continue the program.</li> <li>The <strong>Build Back Better Regional Challenge</strong> is investing $1 billion to develop and strengthen 21 regional industry clusters, boosting economic recovery from the pandemic. This includes $270 million in workforce funding. The total federal funding is matched by more than $300 million of local investment and leverages support from over 450 private sector and 27 labor unions or workers organizations.</li> <li>The <strong>Regional Technology and Innovation Hubs (Tech Hubs)</strong> program will strengthen U.S. economic and national security by investing in geographically diverse regions across the country with the potential to become globally competitive in the technologies and industries of the future in the next decade — thereby ensuring good jobs start, grow, and remain in the United States. While authorized at $10 billion through the CHIPS &amp; Science Act, EDA is currently laying the program’s foundation. Thirty-one designated Tech Hubs were announced in October of 2023, all of which are competing for 5-10 implementation awards averaging $40-$70 million each that will be announced this summer (total of ~$500 million). With these funds, eligible activities include workforce training and support services. All Tech Hubs consortia include a labor or workforce training organization in their membership.</li> <li>Authorized at $1 billion, the <strong>Recompete Pilot Program</strong> will invest an initial $200 million in areas where prime-age (25-54 years) employment significantly trails the national average, with the goal to close this gap through large, flexible investments. Eligible activities include workforce development and wraparound services to connect people to good jobs. EDA announced 22 Recompete Finalists in December of 2023. All Finalists are currently competing for 4-8 implementation awards averaging $20-$50 million each, which EDA expects to announce by the end of the summer 2024.</li> <li>Since January 2021, through the bureau’s other programs, EDA has invested $604 million across 462 projects. EDA's broad commitment to workforce development as integral to economic development ranges across its activities—from training America’s <a href="https://www.eda.gov/funding/programs/stem-challenge" rel="noreferrer">STEM workforce</a> to building training facilities <a href="https://www.eda.gov/news/press-release/2023/09/19/us-department-commerce-invests-8-million-support-marine-technology?q=/news/article/2023/09/19/us-department-commerce-invests-8-million-support-marine-technology" rel="noreferrer">for critical industries</a> to engraining workforce development into regional <a href="https://www.eda.gov/resources/comprehensive-economic-development-strategy/content/workforce-development" rel="noreferrer">Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies (CEDS</a>).</li> </ul><p><strong>National Institute of Standards and Technology</strong></p> <ul><li>The <strong>CHIPS for America</strong> Program will invest $39 billion to incentivize companies to invest in facilities and equipment in the United States. The current proposed investments include $190 million for workforce development activities in nine states, the largest U.S. investment in sectoral partnerships for a single industry. These projects are expected to support over 108,700 good jobs for Americans in both the construction and manufacturing sectors.</li> <li>While the $39 billion in CHIPS Incentives funding will bring semiconductor manufacturing back to the United States, a robust research and development ecosystem will keep it here. The CHIPS for America Program is investing $11 billion to develop and strengthen a robust domestic R&amp;D ecosystem. The National Semiconductor Technology Center (NSTC) is the centerpiece of the CHIPS Research and Development Programs.</li> <li>The National Semiconductor Technology Center (NSTC), the centerpiece of the CHIPS Research and Development Programs, is expected to invest over $5 billion in semiconductor related research, development, and workforce needs. At the core of NSTC’s workforce efforts is the Workforce Center of Excellence which will support activities relating to the recruitment, training, and retention of workers across the semiconductor ecosystem.</li> <li>The CHIPS R&amp;D Program anticipates up to approximately $285 million for a first-of-its-kind ManufacturingUSA Institute focused on the development, validation, and use of digital twins for semiconductor manufacturing, advanced packaging, assembly, and test processes. The institute will foster a collaborative environment to significantly expand innovation, bring tangible benefits to both large and small-to-medium sized manufacturers, strengthen diverse research institutions, and ensure national reach in workforce development. Digital twins require a skilled workforce that can both design and manufacture chips, as well as workers capable of building, maintaining, and operating digital twin models and their physical counterparts. The CHIPS ManufacturingUSA Institute will operate an education and workforce development program that will expand access to underrepresented communities and small and medium-sized businesses that otherwise would not have access to such complex research and training environments.</li> <li>Under the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE), the <strong>Regional Alliances and Multistakeholder Partnerships to Stimulate</strong> Cybersecurity Education and Workforce Development <strong>(RAMPS program)</strong> is preparing Americans for quality jobs in cybersecurity through multistakeholder workforce partnerships of employers, schools and institutions of higher education, and other community organizations. In April 2024, NICE awarded nearly $3.6 million in 18 cooperative agreements for organizations to build these partnerships and expects to award $3 million for 15 addition agreements in the fall.</li> </ul><p><strong>National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration</strong></p> <ul><li>Through the <strong>Climate Ready Workforce</strong> program, NOAA is awarding $50 million in competitive grants to train and place workers in good jobs that enhance climate resilience. Following the model of EDA’s Good Jobs Challenge, grantees will develop employer-led sectoral partnerships that will craft training programs with support services essential to open to door to historically underserved communities and individuals.</li> </ul><p><strong>National Telecommunications and Information Administration</strong></p> <ul><li>The <strong>Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD)</strong> Program provides $42.45B to expand affordable and reliable high-speed Internet access in all states, territories, and Washington, D.C. As Louisiana has already demonstrated, states and territories have the flexibility to allocate BEAD funding to educate and train workers for high-quality broadband installation jobs. Furthermore, the program has spurred the creation of more than 2,300 manufacturing jobs so that we connect everyone in America to high-speed internet networks built by American workers with American-made equipment.</li> <li>The <strong>Digital Equity</strong> Act provides $2.75B across three programs to ensure that all people and communities have the skills, technology, and capacity to reap the full benefits of our digital economy.</li> </ul><p><strong>Employer Practices</strong></p> <p>The Department works with employers to pursue workforce solutions that increase their competitiveness and help workers of all backgrounds to secure good jobs. With a unique relationship to the private sector and a commitment to equitable economic growth, the Department funds several programs and initiatives that partner with employers to recruit, develop, and retain a diverse, skilled workforce.</p> <ul><li>Good jobs are the foundation of an equitable economy that lifts up workers and families and makes businesses more competitive globally. They allow everyone to share in prosperity and support local communities and the entire U.S. economy. Workers value jobs that provides stability and security for them and their families. Many companies recognize that providing good quality jobs gives them an edge and makes them an employer of choice.  The Departments of Commerce and Labor partnered to identify what comprises a good job. The eight <strong>Good Jobs Principles</strong> create a framework for workers, businesses, labor unions, advocates, researchers, state and local governments, and federal agencies for a shared vision of job quality.</li> <li>Rooted in the Good Jobs Principles and NIST’s Baldrige Excellence Framework, the <strong>Job Quality Toolkit</strong> provides strategies and actions that organizations can use to improve the quality of the jobs they offer. Identifying and improving the drivers most valued by workers increases their satisfaction and engagement and, in turn, benefits the organization’s ability to compete for talent and achieve success in the marketplace.</li> <li>The <strong>Million Women in Construction</strong> initiative aims to expand the construction workforce by doubling the number of women in construction over the next decade. The initiative’s CHIPS Women in Construction Framework is a set of five best practices. By voluntarily adopting the Framework, companies plan to collaborate with contractors, trades unions, and other community workforce partners to implement best practices that will expand the construction workforce by increasing the participation of women and economically disadvantaged individuals.  These recruitment and retention best practices will help support on-time and successful completion of CHIPS Incentives Program funded projects. The first voluntary company commitments to participate in the framework were from Intel Corporation and Micron Technology.</li> <li>The Department leads two Investing in America <strong>Workforce Hubs</strong>: Phoenix and Upstate New York. In each Hub, the Department, in partnership with the White House, convenes local and regional partners to maximize the impact of historic federal investments and create pipelines of skilled workers for the high-quality jobs tied to the Departments proposed investments in the semiconductor industry.</li> <li>Based at NIST, the <strong>Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP)</strong> National Network helps small and medium-sized manufacturers with an extensive range of workforce needs that address all stages of the employee lifecycle including strategic talent planning, recruitment and talent acquisition, customized training for entry-level workers, leadership coaching and development, organizational culture and employee engagement and succession planning.</li> <li>Coordinated through NIST, <strong>Manufacturing USA</strong> is a national network created to secure U.S. global leadership in advanced manufacturing through large-scale public-private collaboration on technology, supply chain and workforce development.  The 17 institutes align manufacturers of all sizes, academia, and government to improve the competitiveness of U.S. manufacturing, help fill the gap between basic research and commercialization, and train a diverse and skilled manufacturing workforce. The network is anticipated to stand up two additional Department of Commerce-sponsored institutes. In addition to the previously mentioned CHIPS ManufacturingUSA Institute, NIST has issued a notice of intent for a competition for a new institute focused on using artificial intelligence to improve the resilience of U.S. manufacturing.  The institute will conduct applied R&amp;D projects and establish employer-led sectoral partnerships aimed at developing accessible, effective, scalable training resources and pathways for the skilled workforce needed to move innovation into industrial practice.</li> <li>Within the International Trade Administration, <strong>SelectUSA</strong> focuses on facilitating job-creating foreign direct investment into the United States and raising awareness of the critical role that economic development plays in the U.S. economy. Since its inception, SelectUSA has facilitated more than $200 billion in investment, creating and/or retaining over 200,000 U.S. jobs. A well-trained workforce is essential to spurring more foreign direct investment. To that end, the Department launched <strong>Select<em>Talent</em>USA</strong>  in May 2023. This novel partnership with the U.S. Departments of Labor and Education provides assistance to help foreign businesses solve their U.S. workforce recruitment and retention challenges. The three departments support companies’ efforts to educate, train, develop, and retain a diverse, highly-skilled workforce for quality job opportunities, drawing from a full range of workforce services and connections on a local, state and national level.  In its pilot year, SelectTalentUSA has had a focus on the German, Swiss, and Austrian markets, energizing existing cooperation with those countries on expanding apprenticeships in the United States.</li> </ul><p><strong>Data</strong></p> <p>The Department of Commerce is a leading federal source of labor market data and research. Key data that guide our understanding and decision-making about work and education have their roots in the Census Bureau and its American Community Survey, Current Population Survey, Annual Business Survey, and Center for Economic Studies, among other surveys and programs. Complementing it are research reports and datasets from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, NIST, EDA, and other Commerce bureaus.</p> <ul><li>The <strong>Census Bureau’s Center of Excellence (COE)</strong> is a novel interdisciplinary team that collaborates with federal agencies on program monitoring, impact assessment, and evaluation. The COE currently has a joint research project to combine Good Jobs Challenge program data with Census Bureau survey and administrative data assets to study near- and long-term outcomes that could not be assessed without this combined approach.</li> <li>The <strong>Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics (LEHD)</strong> program at the Census Bureau produces unique labor market information on trends in employment, earnings, hiring, job creation and destruction, job-to-job dynamics, and worker origin-destination dynamics. Much of the data includes detailed time series by geography, age, sex, and industry as far back as 1990. The data rely on the Local Employment Dynamics Partnership, which integrates state-supplied administrative records on workers and employers with existing censuses, surveys, and other administrative records. The result is a rich longitudinal data system on U.S. employment.</li> <li>The newest LEHD data series is <strong>Post-Secondary Employment Outcomes (PSEO)</strong>, which provides earnings and employment outcomes for college and university graduates by degree level, degree major, post-secondary institution, and state of institution. These statistics are generated by matching university transcript data with a national database of jobs, using state-of-the-art confidentiality protection mechanisms to protect the underlying data.</li> <li>The <strong>American Community Survey (ACS)</strong> is the premier source for detailed information about America's changing population, housing and workforce. With a sample size of 3.5 million households, the ACS is the largest household survey in the United States. It collects and produces information on social, economic, housing, and demographic characteristics about our nation's population every year. This information provides an important tool for communities to use to see how they are changing. The ACS provides annual labor force estimates for geographic areas with a population of 65,000 or more (this includes the nation, all states and the District of Columbia, all congressional districts, approximately 800 counties, and 500 metropolitan and micropolitan statistical areas, among others). In addition, 5-year ACS data cover geographic areas down to the census tract and block group levels.</li> <li>A partnership between the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE), Lightcast, and CompTIA, <strong>CyberSeek</strong> provides detailed, actionable data about supply and demand in the cybersecurity job market. Its interactive heat map provides a granular snapshot of demand and supply data for cybersecurity jobs at the state and metro area levels. The interactive career pathway shows key jobs within cybersecurity, common transition opportunities between them, and detailed information about the salaries, credentials, and skillsets associated with each role.</li> </ul><p><a class="usa-button" href="//www.commerce.gov/sites/default/files/2024-05/Commerce-Workforce-Initiatives-Fact-Sheet.pdf">Download Fact Sheet</a></p></div> Tue, 14 May 2024 18:34:31 +0000 [email protected] 6731 at https://www.commerce.gov Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo Announces Speaker Lineup for 10th SelectUSA Investment Summit, Including U.S. Governors and Prominent Global Business Leaders https://www.commerce.gov/news/press-releases/2024/05/commerce-secretary-gina-raimondo-announces-speaker-lineup-10th <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo Announces Speaker Lineup for 10th SelectUSA Investment Summit, Including U.S. Governors and Prominent Global Business Leaders</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/151" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">[email protected]</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 05/14/2024 - 09:59</span> <div class="field field--name-field-issues field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/issues/export-and-investment-promotion" hreflang="en">Export and investment promotion</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-release-status field--type-list-string field--label-hidden field__item">FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</div> <div class="field field--name-field-release-datetime field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2024-05-14T13:59:49Z" class="datetime">Tuesday, May 14, 2024</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-media-contact field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><div about="/bureaus-and-offices/os/public-affairs" id="taxonomy-term-27" class="taxonomy-term vocabulary-bureaus-offices"> <h2><a href="/bureaus-and-offices/os/public-affairs"> <div class="field field--name-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Office of Public Affairs</div> </a></h2> <div class="content"> <div > <div class="field field--name-field-email field--type-email field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="mailto:[email protected]" rel="noreferrer">[email protected]</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo announced the lineup of global executives, business leaders and senior U.S. government representatives participating in the 2024 SelectUSA Investment Summit, scheduled for June 23-26 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland.</p> <p>Notable speakers and attendees at this year’s SelectUSA Investment Summit include U.S. governors, U.S. Chiefs of Mission, and C-suite executives from U.S. and global companies and more.</p> <p>“The SelectUSA Investment Summit is the premier event when it comes to foreign direct investment in the United States, highlighting everything America has to offer,” said Secretary Raimondo. “The Department of Commerce’s SelectUSA program has proven to be a key component in the Biden-Harris Administration’s efforts to attract investments across the country, especially in critical sectors such as semiconductors and clean energy. I look forward to hosting this year’s SelectUSA Investment Summit and highlighting key investment announcements that will help create jobs and economic opportunity all over the country.”</p> <p>Earlier this year, SelectUSA achieved a new milestone of facilitating more than $200 billion in client-verified foreign direct investment (FDI) supporting more than 200,000 jobs throughout the United States and its territories since the program was established in 2011. Moreover, the United States has been <a href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/lnks.gd/l/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJidWxsZXRpbl9saW5rX2lkIjoxMDEsInVyaSI6ImJwMjpjbGljayIsInVybCI6Imh0dHBzOi8vd3d3LmNvbW1lcmNlLmdvdi9uZXdzL2Jsb2cvMjAyNC8wNC91cy1yZW1haW5zLXdvcmxkcy10b3AtZGVzdGluYXRpb24tZm9yZWlnbi1kaXJlY3QtaW52ZXN0bWVudC0xMnRoLWNvbnNlY3V0aXZlLXllYXIiLCJidWxsZXRpbl9pZCI6IjIwMjQwNTE0Ljk0NzYwOTIxIn0.WCdEZf29Pk4vXSImlXSjk5Mwb4BQ1wTroS5hJkxxTmc/s/606887802/br/242400183587-l__;!!FiG2giev53vN!9WR-qSB3I0rQBW6VuNdfVCQbp0633qxyG9woib5aAnxkX08u6b7enSkpxQPV6tV4zX0_9FHBZQue070Hj6Wkk243253TaK6Q$" rel="noreferrer">ranked as the top destination for foreign direct investment for the 12<sup>th</sup> consecutive year,</a> according to Kearney’s Global Business Policy Council’s 2024 Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Confidence Index.</p> <p>Several U.S. governors will participate, including:</p> <ul><li>Guam Governor Lou Leon Guerrero</li> <li>Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker</li> <li>Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb</li> <li>Massachusetts Governor Maura Healey</li> <li>Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer</li> <li>Nevada Governor Joe Lombardo</li> <li>New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy</li> <li>North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper</li> <li>Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt</li> <li>Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin</li> </ul><p>Mayor Muriel Bowser of the District of Columbia will also participate.</p> <p>The Investment Summit will host speakers from global businesses, including:</p> <ul><li>Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, CEO at Masdar</li> <li>Belén Garijo, Chair of Executive Board and CEO at Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany</li> <li>Megan Lee, Chairwoman and CEO at Panasonic Corporation of North America</li> <li>Aamir Paul, President North America Operations at Schneider Electric</li> <li>Beatrix Praeceptor, CEO at Greiner Packaging International GmbH</li> <li>Dr. Michael Süss, Executive Chairman at OC Oerlikon.</li> </ul><p>The SelectUSA Investment Summit is a platform for new announcements by foreign investors detailing their expansion plans in the United States and economic development organizations (EDOs) highlighting new investments in their localities. Last year’s SelectUSA Investment Summit brought together more than 4,900 participants, including EDOs representing over 50 U.S. states and territories, more than 2,300 business investors from over 80 international markets, and industry experts who providing insights and advice on how to successfully invest in the United States. The SelectUSA Investment Summit has directly helped generate more than $110 billion in new U.S. investment projects, supporting over 85,000 jobs across the United States and its territories.</p> <p>A full list of confirmed speakers and the current agenda for the 2024 SelectUSA Investment Summit is available online at <a href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/lnks.gd/l/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJidWxsZXRpbl9saW5rX2lkIjoxMDIsInVyaSI6ImJwMjpjbGljayIsInVybCI6Imh0dHA6Ly93d3cuc2VsZWN0dXNhc3VtbWl0LnVzIiwiYnVsbGV0aW5faWQiOiIyMDI0MDUxNC45NDc2MDkyMSJ9.DGpJG82loWAR26z6RTtEzRa2iePkYwG_QcjUW6vlDts/s/606887802/br/242400183587-l__;!!FiG2giev53vN!9WR-qSB3I0rQBW6VuNdfVCQbp0633qxyG9woib5aAnxkX08u6b7enSkpxQPV6tV4zX0_9FHBZQue070Hj6Wkk2432_nEtCwY$" rel="noreferrer">www.selectusasummit.us</a>.</p> <p><strong>Media Registration Now Open </strong></p> <p>Accredited journalists must register online at <a href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/lnks.gd/l/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJidWxsZXRpbl9saW5rX2lkIjoxMDMsInVyaSI6ImJwMjpjbGljayIsInVybCI6Imh0dHBzOi8vd3d3LnNlbGVjdHVzYXN1bW1pdC51cy9BcHBsaWNhdGlvbnMvUHJlc3MtUGFzcy1BcHBsaWNhdGlvbiIsImJ1bGxldGluX2lkIjoiMjAyNDA1MTQuOTQ3NjA5MjEifQ.mBj3QMt1L3_adAEG-ONxWPkpEZsQ2jPysYYMqq-GE2A/s/606887802/br/242400183587-l__;!!FiG2giev53vN!9WR-qSB3I0rQBW6VuNdfVCQbp0633qxyG9woib5aAnxkX08u6b7enSkpxQPV6tV4zX0_9FHBZQue070Hj6Wkk24328-Pxven$" rel="noreferrer">https://www.selectusasummit.us/Applications/Press-Pass-Application</a>.</p> <p><strong>For media related inquiries and troubleshooting, please email: </strong><a href="mailto:[email protected]" rel="noreferrer"><strong>[email protected].</strong> </a></p> <p><strong>About SelectUSA </strong></p> <p>Housed within the International Trade Administration, SelectUSA promotes and facilitates business investment into the United States by coordinating related federal government agencies to serve as a single point of contact for investors and raises awareness of the critical role that economic development plays in the U.S. economy. SelectUSA assists U.S. economic development organizations to compete globally for investment by providing information, a platform for international marketing, and high-level advocacy. SelectUSA also helps foreign companies find the information they need to make decisions, connect to the right people at the local level, navigate the federal regulatory system, and find solutions to issues related to the federal government. For more information, visit <a href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/lnks.gd/l/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJidWxsZXRpbl9saW5rX2lkIjoxMDQsInVyaSI6ImJwMjpjbGljayIsInVybCI6Imh0dHA6Ly93d3cudHJhZGUuZ292L3NlbGVjdHVzYSIsImJ1bGxldGluX2lkIjoiMjAyNDA1MTQuOTQ3NjA5MjEifQ.gqy4IYfWVIP1Z1bT5x0ZqZJW23OC6ugxHxuvtbkol_k/s/606887802/br/242400183587-l__;!!FiG2giev53vN!9WR-qSB3I0rQBW6VuNdfVCQbp0633qxyG9woib5aAnxkX08u6b7enSkpxQPV6tV4zX0_9FHBZQue070Hj6Wkk2432_Y8iwty$" rel="noreferrer">www.trade.gov/selectusa</a>.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-bureaus-offices field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Bureaus and Offices</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/bureaus-and-offices/ita" hreflang="en">International Trade Administration</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-leadership field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Leadership</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/about/leadership/gina-m-raimondo" hreflang="en">Gina M. Raimondo </a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Tags</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/tags/foreign-direct-investment-fdi" hreflang="en">Foreign direct investment [FDI]</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/tags/selectusa" hreflang="en">SelectUSA</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/tags/selectusa-investment-summit" hreflang="en">SelectUSA Investment Summit</a></div> </div> </div> Tue, 14 May 2024 13:59:49 +0000 [email protected] 6727 at https://www.commerce.gov FACT SHEET: President Biden Takes Action to Protect American Workers and Businesses from China’s Unfair Trade Practices https://www.commerce.gov/news/fact-sheets/2024/05/fact-sheet-president-biden-takes-action-protect-american-workers-and <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FACT SHEET: President Biden Takes Action to Protect American Workers and Businesses from China’s Unfair Trade Practices</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/207" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">[email protected]</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 05/14/2024 - 09:39</span> <div class="field field--name-field-issues field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/issues/investing-communities-and-workers" hreflang="en">Investing in communities and workers</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-release-status field--type-list-string field--label-hidden field__item">FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</div> <div class="field field--name-field-release-datetime field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2024-05-14T13:39:39Z" class="datetime">Tuesday, May 14, 2024</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-media-contact field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><div about="/bureaus-and-offices/os/public-affairs" id="taxonomy-term-27" class="taxonomy-term vocabulary-bureaus-offices"> <h2><a href="/bureaus-and-offices/os/public-affairs"> <div class="field field--name-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Office of Public Affairs</div> </a></h2> <div class="content"> <div > <div class="field field--name-field-email field--type-email field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="mailto:[email protected]" rel="noreferrer">[email protected]</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>President Biden’s economic plan is supporting investments and creating good jobs in key sectors that are vital for America’s economic future and national security. China’s unfair trade practices concerning technology transfer, intellectual property, and innovation are threatening American businesses and workers. China is also flooding global markets with artificially low-priced exports. In response to China’s unfair trade practices and to counteract the resulting harms, today, President Biden is directing his Trade Representative to increase tariffs under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974 on $18 billion of imports from China to protect American workers and businesses.<br />  <br /> The Biden-Harris Administration’s Investing in America agenda has already catalyzed more than $860 billion in business investments through smart, public incentives in industries of the future like electric vehicles (EVs), clean energy, and semiconductors. With support from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, CHIPS and Science Act, and Inflation Reduction Act, these investments are creating new American jobs in manufacturing and clean energy and helping communities that have been left behind make a comeback.<br />  <br /> As President Biden says, American workers and businesses can outcompete anyone—as long as they have fair competition. But for too long, China’s government has used unfair, non-market practices. China’s forced technology transfers and intellectual property theft have contributed to its control of 70, 80, and even 90 percent of global production for the critical inputs necessary for our technologies, infrastructure, energy, and health care—creating unacceptable risks to America’s supply chains and economic security. Furthermore, these same non-market policies and practices contribute to China’s growing overcapacity and export surges that threaten to significantly harm American workers, businesses, and communities.<br />  <br /> Today’s actions to counter China’s unfair trade practices are carefully targeted at strategic sectors—the same sectors where the United States is making historic investments under President Biden to create and sustain good-paying jobs—unlike recent proposals by Congressional Republicans that would threaten jobs and raise costs across the board. The previous administration’s trade deal with China <a href="https://www.piie.com/blogs/realtime-economics/china-bought-none-extra-200-billion-us-exports-trumps-trade-deal" rel="noreferrer">failed</a> to increase American exports or boost American manufacturing as it had promised. Under President Biden’s Investing in America agenda, nearly 800,000 manufacturing jobs have been created and new factory construction has doubled after both fell under the previous administration, and the trade deficit with China is the lowest in a decade—lower than any year under the last administration.<br />  <br /> We will continue to work with our partners around the world to strengthen cooperation to address shared concerns about China’s unfair practices—rather than undermining our alliances or applying indiscriminate 10 percent tariffs that raise prices on all imports from all countries, regardless whether they are engaged in unfair trade. The Biden-Harris Administration recognizes the benefits for our workers and businesses from strong alliances and a rules-based international trade system based on fair competition.<br />  <br /><strong>Following an in-depth review by the United States Trade Representative, President Biden is taking action to protect American workers and American companies from China’s unfair trade practices. To encourage China to eliminate its unfair trade practices regarding technology transfer, intellectual property, and innovation, the President is directing increases in tariffs across strategic sectors such as steel and aluminum, semiconductors, electric vehicles, batteries, critical minerals, solar cells, ship-to-shore cranes, and medical products.</strong><br />  <br /><strong>Steel and Aluminum</strong><br />  <br /> The tariff rate on certain steel and aluminum products under Section 301 will increase from 0–7.5% to 25% in 2024.<br />  <br /> Steel is a vital sector for the American economy, and American companies are leading the future of clean steel. Recently, the Biden-Harris Administration announced $6 billion for 33 clean manufacturing projects including for steel and aluminum, including the first new primary aluminum smelter in four decades, made possible by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the Inflation Reduction Act. These investments will make the United States one of the first nations in the world to convert clean hydrogen into clean steel, bolstering the U.S. steel industry’s competitiveness as the world’s cleanest major steel producer.<br />  <br /> American workers continue to face unfair competition from China’s non-market overcapacity in steel and aluminum, which are among the world’s most carbon-intensive. China’s policies and subsidies for their domestic steel and aluminum industries mean high-quality, low-emissions U.S. products are undercut by artificially low-priced Chinese alternatives produced with higher emissions. Today’s actions will shield the U.S. steel and aluminum industries from China’s unfair trade practices.<br />  <br /><strong>Semiconductors</strong><br />  <br /> The tariff rate on semiconductors will increase from 25% to 50% by 2025.<br />  <br /> China’s policies in the legacy semiconductor sector have led to growing market share and rapid capacity expansion that risks driving out investment by market-driven firms. Over the next three to five years, China is expected to account for almost half of all new capacity coming online to manufacture certain legacy semiconductor wafers. During the pandemic, disruptions to the supply chain, including legacy chips, led to price spikes in a wide variety of products, including automobiles, consumer appliances, and medical devices, underscoring the risks of overreliance on a few markets.<br />  <br /> Through the CHIPS and Science Act, President Biden is making a nearly $53 billion investment in American semiconductor manufacturing capacity, research, innovation, and workforce. This will help counteract decades of disinvestment and offshoring that has reduced the United States’ capacity to manufacture semiconductors domestically. The CHIPS and Science Act includes $39 billion in direct incentives to build, modernize, and expand semiconductor manufacturing fabrication facilities as well as a 25% investment tax credit for semiconductor companies. Raising the tariff rate on semiconductors is an important initial step to promote the sustainability of these investments.<br />  <br /><strong>Electric Vehicles (EVs)</strong><br />  <br /> The tariff rate on electric vehicles under Section 301 will increase from 25% to 100% in 2024.<br />  <br /> With extensive subsidies and non-market practices leading to substantial risks of overcapacity, China’s exports of EVs grew by 70% from 2022 to 2023—jeopardizing productive investments elsewhere. A 100% tariff rate on EVs will protect American manufacturers from China’s unfair trade practices.<br />  <br /> This action advances President Biden’s vision of ensuring the future of the auto industry will be made in America by American workers. As part of the President’s Investing in America agenda, the Administration is incentivizing the development of a robust EV market through business tax credits for manufacturing of batteries and production of critical minerals, consumer tax credits for EV adoption, smart standards, federal investments in EV charging infrastructure, and grants to supply EV and battery manufacturing. The increase in the tariff rate on electric vehicles will protect these investments and jobs from unfairly priced Chinese imports.<br />  <br /><strong>Batteries, Battery Components and Parts, and Critical Minerals</strong><br />  <br /> The tariff rate on lithium-ion EV batteries will increase from 7.5%% to 25% in 2024, while the tariff rate on lithium-ion non-EV batteries will increase from 7.5% to 25% in 2026. The tariff rate on battery parts will increase from 7.5% to 25% in 2024.<br />  <br /> The tariff rate on natural graphite and permanent magnets will increase from zero to 25% in 2026. The tariff rate for certain other critical minerals will increase from zero to 25% in 2024.<br />  <br /> Despite rapid and recent progress in U.S. onshoring, China currently controls over 80 percent of certain segments of the EV battery supply chain, particularly upstream nodes such as critical minerals mining, processing, and refining. Concentration of critical minerals mining and refining capacity in China leaves our supply chains vulnerable and our national security and clean energy goals at risk. In order to improve U.S. and global resiliency in these supply chains, President Biden has invested across the U.S. battery supply chain to build a sufficient domestic industrial base. Through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the Defense Production Act, and the Inflation Reduction Act, the Biden-Harris Administration has invested nearly $20 billion in grants and loans to expand domestic production capacity of advanced batteries and battery materials. The Inflation Reduction Act also contains manufacturing tax credits to incentivize investment in battery and battery material production in the United States. The President has also established the American Battery Materials Initiative, which will mobilize an all-of-government approach to secure a dependable, robust supply chain for batteries and their inputs.<br />  <br /><strong>Solar Cells</strong><br />  <br /> The tariff rate on solar cells (whether or not assembled into modules) will increase from 25% to 50% in 2024.<br />  <br /> The tariff increase will protect against China’s policy-driven overcapacity that depresses prices and inhibits the development of solar capacity outside of China. China has used unfair practices to dominate upwards of 80 to 90% of certain parts of the global solar supply chain, and is trying to maintain that status quo. Chinese policies and nonmarket practices are flooding global markets with artificially cheap solar modules and panels, undermining investment in solar manufacturing outside of China.<br />  <br /> The Biden-Harris Administration has made historic investments in the U.S. solar supply chain, building on early U.S. government-enabled research and development that helped create solar cell technologies. The Inflation Reduction Act provides supply-side tax incentives for solar components, including polysilicon, wafers, cells, modules, and backsheet material, as well as tax credits and grant and loan programs supporting deployment of utility-scale and residential solar energy projects. As a result of President Biden’s Investing in America agenda, solar manufacturers have already announced nearly $17 billion in planned investment under his Administration—an 8-fold increase in U.S. manufacturing capacity, enough to supply panels for millions of homes each year by 2030.<br />  <br /><strong>Ship-to-Shore Cranes</strong><br />  <br /> The tariff rate on ship-to-shore cranes will increase from 0% to 25% in 2024.<br />  <br /> The Administration continues to deliver for the American people by rebuilding the United States’ industrial capacity to produce port cranes with trusted partners. A 25% tariff rate on ship-to-shore cranes will help protect U.S. manufacturers from China’s unfair trade practices that have led to excessive concentration in the market. Port cranes are essential pieces of infrastructure that enable the continuous movement and flow of critical goods to, from, and within the United States, and the Administration is taking action to mitigate risks that could disrupt American supply chains. This action also builds off of ongoing work to invest in U.S. port infrastructure through the President’s Investing in America Agenda. This port security initiative includes bringing port crane manufacturing capabilities back to the United States to support U.S. supply chain security and encourages ports across the country and around the world to use trusted vendors when sourcing cranes or other heavy equipment.<br />  <br /><strong>Medical Products</strong><br />  <br /> The tariff rates on syringes and needles will increase from 0% to 50% in 2024. For certain personal protective equipment (PPE), including certain respirators and face masks, the tariff rates will increase from 0–7.5% to 25% in 2024. Tariffs on rubber medical and surgical gloves will increase from 7.5% to 25% in 2026.<br />  <br /> These tariff rate increases will help support and sustain a strong domestic industrial base for medical supplies that were essential to the COVID-19 pandemic response, and continue to be used daily in every hospital across the country to deliver essential care. The federal government and the private sector have made substantial investments to build domestic manufacturing for these and other medical products to ensure American health care workers and patients have access to critical medical products when they need them. American businesses are now struggling to compete with underpriced Chinese-made supplies dumped on the market, sometimes of such poor quality that they may raise safety concerns for health care workers and patients.<br />  <br /> Today’s announcement reflects President Biden’s commitment to always have the back of American workers. When faced with anticompetitive, unfair practices from abroad, the President will deploy any and all tools necessary to protect American workers and industry.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Tags</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/tags/china" hreflang="en">China</a></div> </div> </div> Tue, 14 May 2024 13:39:39 +0000 [email protected] 6726 at https://www.commerce.gov U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo Statement on President Biden’s Action to Protect American Workers and Businesses from China’s Unfair Trade Practices  https://www.commerce.gov/news/press-releases/2024/05/us-secretary-commerce-gina-raimondo-statement-president-bidens-action <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo Statement on President Biden’s Action to Protect American Workers and Businesses from China’s Unfair Trade Practices </span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/207" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">[email protected]</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 05/14/2024 - 08:38</span> <div class="field field--name-field-issues field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/issues/trade-enforcement" hreflang="en">Trade enforcement</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-release-status field--type-list-string field--label-hidden field__item">FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</div> <div class="field field--name-field-release-datetime field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2024-05-14T12:38:13Z" class="datetime">Tuesday, May 14, 2024</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-media-contact field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><div about="/bureaus-and-offices/os/public-affairs" id="taxonomy-term-27" class="taxonomy-term vocabulary-bureaus-offices"> <h2><a href="/bureaus-and-offices/os/public-affairs"> <div class="field field--name-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Office of Public Affairs</div> </a></h2> <div class="content"> <div > <div class="field field--name-field-email field--type-email field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="mailto:[email protected]" rel="noreferrer">[email protected]</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo issued the following statement on President Biden’s decision to direct the United States Trade Representative to increase tariffs under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974 on $18 billion of imports from China to protect American workers and businesses.  </p> <p>“President Biden is taking decisive action to ensure unfair trade practices do not threaten our competitiveness and economic security, while also strengthening American manufacturing. This is a strategic approach to trade policy that will help protect key U.S. industries, like the clean energy and semiconductor sectors,” <strong>said U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo</strong>. “We know the PRC’s playbook – we’ve seen their non-market actions on solar and steel – and cannot allow China to undermine U.S. supply chains by flooding the market with artificially cheap products that hurt American businesses and workers.” </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Tags</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/tags/china" hreflang="en">China</a></div> </div> </div> Tue, 14 May 2024 12:38:13 +0000 [email protected] 6724 at https://www.commerce.gov Remarks by Deputy Secretary of Commerce Don Graves at the National Association of District Export Councils’ Annual Export Conference https://www.commerce.gov/news/speeches/2024/05/remarks-deputy-secretary-commerce-don-graves-national-association-district <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Remarks by Deputy Secretary of Commerce Don Graves at the National Association of District Export Councils’ Annual Export Conference</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/151" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">[email protected]</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 05/13/2024 - 10:14</span> <div class="field field--name-field-issues field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/issues/artificial-intelligence" hreflang="en">Artificial Intelligence</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/issues/export-and-investment-promotion" hreflang="en">Export and investment promotion</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/issues/ict-supply-chain" hreflang="en">ICT Supply Chain</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/issues/infrastructure" hreflang="en">Infrastructure</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/issues/trade-enforcement" hreflang="en">Trade enforcement</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-release-status field--type-list-string field--label-hidden field__item">AS PREPARED FOR DELIVERY</div> <div class="field field--name-field-release-datetime field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2024-05-13T14:14:10Z" class="datetime">Monday, May 13, 2024</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-media-contact field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><div about="/bureaus-and-offices/os/public-affairs" id="taxonomy-term-27" class="taxonomy-term vocabulary-bureaus-offices"> <h2><a href="/bureaus-and-offices/os/public-affairs"> <div class="field field--name-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Office of Public Affairs</div> </a></h2> <div class="content"> <div > <div class="field field--name-field-email field--type-email field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="mailto:[email protected]" rel="noreferrer">[email protected]</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Thank you, Jonathan, for that introduction. You, Vice-Chair Anne Burkett and your amazing team have done an excellent job putting this event together. </p> <p>It’s so great to be with you again this year to speak with you about our work at Commerce to support our exporters. It was 50 years ago that then-Secretary of Commerce Frederick B. Dent established the District Export Councils program to help government and business work together to grow the exporter base across the country, back in 1974.  </p> <p>At that time, the U.S. exported $126 billion dollars of goods and services. Today those numbers have changed quite dramatically – in 2023, U.S exports topped $3 trillion dollars.  </p> <p>As our partners, the DECs promote a better understanding of the value of exporting and provide counseling, education, mentorship, and vital support to our local trade ecosystems, including our U.S. Commercial Service offices across the country. Thank you for your service. Your engagement in trade promotion activities is invaluable to the Department of Commerce. </p> <p>We are transforming every touchpoint into tools and information to help U.S.  exporters succeed, much of which was made possible by your feedback. You’ll hear about those later in the day.</p> <p><strong>COMMERCE DEPARTMENT’S APPROACH UNDER THE BIDEN-HARRIS ADMINISTRATION </strong></p> <p>We’ve all experienced the challenges to trade and U.S. competitiveness in recent years. The pandemic laid bare vulnerabilities in our supply chains, and supply chain disruptions have resulted from struggles like the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine.  </p> <p>What’s more, our adversaries, including the PRC, are undertaking aggressive efforts to control supply chains, exploit chokepoints, and obtain dual use technologies to fuel their military ambitions and threaten our national security.  </p> <p>Companies also tell us they face new and growing cybersecurity risks, theft of intellectual property, and unfair trade and investment practices by competitors both in the U.S. market and abroad. </p> <p>From day one, President Biden and Vice President Harris have been committed to strengthening our trade relationships. They recognized these threats to our economic security and have taken bold steps to address them. And they empowered the Department of Commerce to be at the center of the solution – I’d like to share two of them.  </p> <p>The first is to <em>build resilient supply chains, </em>including with our allies. </p> <p>And the second is to ensure the <em>safety and security of the tech ecosystems </em>in which our companies operate, innovate, trade, and attract investment.  </p> <p>Let me tell you how we’re doing it.</p> <p><strong>BUILDING RESILIENT SUPPLY CHAINS </strong></p> <p>The Biden-Harris Administration recognized early on that our ability to ensure reliable, fair, and efficient trade requires a sharper focus on <em>building resilient supply chains</em>. </p> <p>As part of that effort, we launched the Council on Supply Chain Resilience and the <em>first-of its-kind Supply Chain Center, </em>which aims to be an analytic engine for U.S. supply chain resilience policy, leveraging our deep industry expertise, quantitative data, and advanced analytics to develop a rapid reaction capability to assess, respond to, and resolve supply chain crises in real-time. As a result, Americans are now better able to access the goods they need – medicines, manufacturing inputs, and other critical technologies.  </p> <p>Beyond that, the Administration is eliminating America’s dependency on adversaries that could hold us hostage, threaten our national security and hinder our economic competitiveness, especially in critical and emerging technologies such as semiconductors. </p> <p>And the Commerce Department has been at the heart of these efforts.  </p> <p>The Administration is making historic investments in American competitiveness, to the tune of $1 trillion, that are enabling us to compete and win in the 21st century global economy – in clean energy, place-based economic development, and  technological innovation, including in building our American chips fabrication capacity – with preliminary agreements between the  federal government and legacy tech companies like Intel, GlobalFoundries, and  Micron, to build manufacturing facilities right here on our shores. </p> <p>We are also supporting 31 newly designated “Tech Hubs” in regions across the U.S.  to increase our capacity to produce and deliver critical and emerging technologies – from renewable energy to critical minerals, from AI to bio tech.  </p> <p>One component of our support for each Hub is a Global Resiliency Stress Test, a strategic framework designed to guide technology-focused regions in strengthening their position in the global market. </p> <p>But to succeed, we can’t go it alone. Even as we invest in our productive capacities at home, we are expanding government-to-government, commercial, trade, and investment linkages between the U.S. and our allies around the world, in the Indo Pacific, Europe, the Western Hemisphere, and Africa.  </p> <p>I’ll give you a few examples.</p> <p>First, in February of this year, as part of the landmark Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity, a novel Supply Chain Agreement among partners entered into force. We have already begun working with our partners to strengthen our supply chains and prevent potential disruptions. This includes identifying critical sectors and key goods to develop a shared understanding of global supply chain risks.  </p> <p>Second, under the U.S.-EU Trade and Technology Council (TTC), we are working with U.S. and European companies on legacy semiconductors, diversification of the solar supply chain, and AI risk management and standards.  </p> <p>Third, as part of the U.S.-Brazil Commercial Dialogue, the Commerce and Customs and Border Protection teams are working together to support Brazilian partners in improving their customs processes and facilitate expanded bilateral trade opportunities.  </p> <p>And finally, I firmly believe that the U.S.-Africa partnership is critical to the success of a global economy. This partnership can create opportunities for businesses, entrepreneurs, researchers and scientists, and for women and young people on both sides of the Atlantic. That’s why I announced the first-ever Department of Commerce-wide Africa Strategy, that will not only create a skilled workforce, build critical infrastructure, and support long-term investment, but strengthen and promote our supply chain resilience across the continent.</p> <p><strong>SAFETY AND SECURITY OF TECH ECOSYSTEMS </strong></p> <p>The resilience of U.S. supply chains – especially in critical and emerging technologies – will also depend on fostering innovation ecosystems that are safe and secure. That is why we remain focused on countering malign actors that undermine our economic and national security and hamper the ability of our private sector to innovate and grow. </p> <p>We know that we must help our companies protect themselves against cybersecurity threats. Our National Institute of Standards and Technology has updated the widely used Cybersecurity Framework, a landmark guidance document for managing cybersecurity risk for all audiences, industry sectors and organization types.  </p> <p>Our Bureau of Industry and Security has implemented export controls on sensitive goods, software, and technology to address threats to our national security. It’s not just strategically important to prevent transfers of sensitive technology to an adversary that threatens to use our innovations against us or our allies – it’s common sense.</p> <p>Take our response to Russia's illegal invasion of Ukraine for example. Commerce mobilized at unprecedented speed and scale to coordinate export controls with partners and allies, an alignment that contributes to a safer, more prosperous world. </p> <p>Our efforts on AI safety under President Biden’s Executive Order on AI have also expanded.  </p> <p>We’re asking frontier AI developers to disclose red-teaming, safety, and cybersecurity measures taken for next-generation frontier models, because well-developed standards and testing capability will also be critical for safety. </p> <p>And we’ve launched an AI Safety Institute and a consortium to work with partners in academia, industry, and non-profits to advance its frontier AI safety mission.  </p> <p>IP protection also plays a central role in our economic security. The Department of Commerce manages the interagency STOPfakes.gov program, to help U.S. exporters effectively protect their intellectual property assets from counterfeiting and compromise in foreign markets.  </p> <p>As you can see, we are taking a whole-of-Commerce approach, but Commerce is also leading a whole-of-government approach to our exports. </p> <p>Last year, we released our 2023 National Export Strategy, which established U.S. trade promotion priorities and a coordinated, whole-of government framework. </p> <p>One thing is absolutely clear: This work is vast and essential – for Commerce, for District Export Councils, for the businesses you work with, and for the millions of  Americans whose lives are transformed each and every day by the strides we  make, together.  </p> <p>You'll soon hear from Isabel Guzman, Administrator of the Small Business Administration, about some of their work to promote trade. </p> <p>There is exciting, challenging work taking place to secure and forge our shared path forward. With the help of our DEC members, we hope to reach even more American companies and help them grow our economy through exports.  </p> <p>And before I wrap up, I am pleased to announce to you today that Trade Winds, the largest federal government trade mission for U.S. Commercial Service staff each year, and in the 2025 Trade Winds Business Forum will be hosted in Sao Paolo, Brazil with mission stops in Colombia, Uruguay, Argentina,  and Chile.  </p> <p>We hope to see you all in São Paolo next April and back here in Washington next May for the NADEC conference!</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-bureaus-offices field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Bureaus and Offices</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/bureaus-and-offices/bis" hreflang="en">Bureau of Industry and Security</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/bureaus-and-offices/ita" hreflang="en">International Trade Administration</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/bureaus-and-offices/nist" hreflang="en">National Institute of Standards and Technology</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-leadership field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Leadership</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/about/leadership/don-graves" hreflang="en">Don Graves</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Tags</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/tags/indo-pacific-economic-framework" hreflang="en">Indo-Pacific Economic Framework</a></div> </div> </div> Mon, 13 May 2024 14:14:10 +0000 [email protected] 6728 at https://www.commerce.gov U.S. Department of Commerce Implements Internet Routing Security https://www.commerce.gov/news/press-releases/2024/05/us-department-commerce-implements-internet-routing-security <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">U.S. Department of Commerce Implements Internet Routing Security</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/151" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">[email protected]</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 05/13/2024 - 09:24</span> <div class="field field--name-field-issues field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/issues/infrastructure" hreflang="en">Infrastructure</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-release-status field--type-list-string field--label-hidden field__item">FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</div> <div class="field field--name-field-release-datetime field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2024-05-13T13:24:53Z" class="datetime">Monday, May 13, 2024</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-media-contact field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><div about="/bureaus-and-offices/os/public-affairs" id="taxonomy-term-27" class="taxonomy-term vocabulary-bureaus-offices"> <h2><a href="/bureaus-and-offices/os/public-affairs"> <div class="field field--name-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Office of Public Affairs</div> </a></h2> <div class="content"> <div > <div class="field field--name-field-email field--type-email field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="mailto:[email protected]" rel="noreferrer">[email protected]</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) alongside several other bureaus within Commerce including the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)  and the International Trade Administration (ITA), began implementing an important Internet routing security measure, enhancing cybersecurity throughout the Department and completing a key priority from the National Cybersecurity Strategy.</p> <p>Routing security – ensuring that Internet traffic reaches its intended target – has been a concern for more than 20 years. In 2003, the White House noted that Internet routing incidents created a great risk of Internet service disruption. In the years since, agencies including the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Communications Commission have worked with stakeholders to develop solutions and promote routing security.</p> <p>Still, in 2023, the Biden Harris Administration’s <a href="https://www.whitehouse.gov/oncd/national-cybersecurity-strategy/" rel="noreferrer">National Cybersecurity Strategy</a> identified routing security is a “pervasive concern.” That is in part because, despite being a large holder of Internet address resources, the U.S. government has a low adoption level of routing security.</p> <p>As a result, the National Cybersecurity Strategy called on federal agencies to implement routing security, and NTIA has helped develop a model contract for other federal agencies to use to adopt routing security.</p> <p>“At the Department of Commerce, we are working hard to implement President Biden’s National Cybersecurity Strategy and make sure government websites are secure,” said U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Don Graves. “This is the result of two decades worth of collaboration between the U.S. government and stakeholders in the Internet engineering community. We are realizing the benefits of the United States investment in routing security with the tremendous growth in adoption of security measures.”</p> <p>“The National Cybersecurity Strategy called on the federal government to lead by example in implementing network routing security,” said Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information and NTIA Administrator Alan Davidson. “Today, the Commerce Department is answering that call to embrace leading routing security tools. NTIA has worked hard with our partners at NOAA N-Wave, the Department of Commerce Office of the Chief Information Officer, NIST, the Office of the National Cyber Director, and the American Registry of Internet Numbers to reach this point.”</p> <p>NTIA created Route Origin Authorizations (ROAs) that authenticate NTIA’s addresses as destinations found on the Department of Commerce’s network. The partnership with NTIA and NOAA N-Wave allows for all DOC bureau creation of ROAs, and federal wide guidance on routing security through an available "RPKI" playbook. ROAs protect against address hijacks – falsely announcing addresses as destinations on the wrong network. Address hijacks can result in loss of service or interception of data. </p> <p>The Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) is the protocol by which networks announce they are a destination or a route to a destination. But both announcements <a href="https://www.ntia.gov/blog/2023/secure-internet-routing" rel="noreferrer">can be false</a>. ROAs are cryptographically verifiable statements that validate BGP destination announcements.</p> <p>NTIA has been working with stakeholders to advance federal routing security. NTIA worked with the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN), the registry for Internet number resources for North America, which provides tools to protect against address hijacks.</p> <p>NTIA also worked with Mutually Agreed Norms of Routing Security (MANRS), a project of the Internet Society, and the Global Cyber Alliance. MANRS advocates for greater routing security and provides guidance on how networks can implement routing security on their networks.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-bureaus-offices field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Bureaus and Offices</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/bureaus-and-offices/ntia" hreflang="en">National Telecommunications and Information Administration</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-leadership field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Leadership</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/about/leadership/don-graves" hreflang="en">Don Graves</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Tags</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/tags/broadband" hreflang="en">Broadband</a></div> </div> </div> Mon, 13 May 2024 13:24:53 +0000 [email protected] 6725 at https://www.commerce.gov Biden-Harris Administration Announces Preliminary Terms with Polar Semiconductor to Establish an Independent American Foundry https://www.commerce.gov/news/press-releases/2024/05/biden-harris-administration-announces-preliminary-terms-polar <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Biden-Harris Administration Announces Preliminary Terms with Polar Semiconductor to Establish an Independent American Foundry</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/207" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">[email protected]</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 05/13/2024 - 05:00</span> <div class="field field--name-field-issues field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/issues/manufacturing" hreflang="en">Manufacturing</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-release-status field--type-list-string field--label-hidden field__item">FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</div> <div class="field field--name-field-release-datetime field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2024-05-13T09:00:00Z" class="datetime">Monday, May 13, 2024</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-media-contact field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><div about="/bureaus-and-offices/os/public-affairs" id="taxonomy-term-27" class="taxonomy-term vocabulary-bureaus-offices"> <h2><a href="/bureaus-and-offices/os/public-affairs"> <div class="field field--name-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Office of Public Affairs</div> </a></h2> <div class="content"> <div > <div class="field field--name-field-email field--type-email field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="mailto:[email protected]" rel="noreferrer">[email protected]</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="MsoNoSpacing"><em>Proposed Investment of Approximately $120 Million From CHIPS and Science Act Would Build on Minnesota’s Decades-Long History in the Semiconductor Industry and Create over 160 Jobs</em></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing">Today, the Biden-Harris Administration announced that the U.S. Department of Commerce and Polar Semiconductor (Polar) have reached a non-binding preliminary memorandum of terms (PMT) to provide the company with up to $120 million in proposed federal incentives under the CHIPS and Science Act. This proposed funding would catalyze investment from private and state sources to expand Polar's manufacturing facility and introduce new technology capabilities in Bloomington, Minnesota. The expansion and modernization would enable Polar to double its U.S. production capacity of sensor and power chips within two years. Additionally, this proposed investment would bring in more U.S. private capital, which would transform Polar from a majority foreign-owned in-house manufacturer to a majority U.S.-owned commercial foundry, expanding opportunities for U.S. chip designers to innovate and produce technologies domestically.</p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing">President Biden signed the CHIPS and Science Act into law in August 2022, with the goal of strengthening U.S. supply chains, creating good-paying jobs, and advancing U.S. competitiveness. Shortages of power and sensor chips were among the most acute bottlenecks during the COVID-19 pandemic, disrupting critical industries served by Polar, including automotive, healthcare, aerospace, and defense. Because of the Biden-Harris Administration’s proposed investment in Polar, the U.S. will have an expanded and stable domestic supply of these essential semiconductor technologies, bolstering U.S. supply chain resilience as a result. Additionally, this investment can help strengthen our national security by securing a domestic chip supply for defense purposes.</p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing">This proposed CHIPS funding supports an investment of more than $525 million, catalyzing contributions from the company, state and local entities, and private investors. This collaborative funding approach would not have been possible without the CHIPS and Science Act.</p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing">“Thanks to President Biden’s leadership, with this announcement we are making taxpayer dollars go as far as possible to create jobs, secure our supply chains, and bolster manufacturing in Minnesota,” said <strong>U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo</strong>. “This proposed investment in Polar will crowd in private capital, which will help make Polar a U.S.-based, independent foundry. They will be able to expand their customer base and create a stable domestic supply of critical chips, made in America’s heartland.”</p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing">Through Polar’s semiconductor manufacturing operations, the Biden-Harris Administration’s proposed investment would create over 160 manufacturing and construction jobs in Minnesota. For the purposes of this project, Polar and construction partner Mortenson have committed to utilizing a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) to support its construction workforce. Polar plays a leading role in the Minnesota CHIPS Coalition Workforce Partnership, a coalition of employers, education and training providers, labor organizations and others that seeks to improve workforce development programs to ensure a stronger talent pipeline for immediate and future workforce needs. As part of this announcement, Polar has committed to expanding access to quality, affordable child care for its facility workers.</p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing">Additionally, Polar is committed to climate and environmental responsibility as a top priority in its operations. Recently, Polar transitioned its semiconductor fab operation to rely entirely on clean and renewable energy sources to fulfill its electric power needs. Polar also highly prioritizes water conservation efforts including reclamation of wastewater for manufacturing processes and water collection for irrigation.</p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing">“When President Biden signed the CHIPS and Science Act, he put a stake in the ground about the importance of semiconductor manufacturing in the United States,” said <strong>Assistant to the President for Science and Technology and Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Arati Prabhakar</strong>. “This is where the President’s leadership changes communities and changes lives. This proposed federal investment will catalyze $525 million from private companies and the state of Minnesota to create a healthy supply of made-in-Minnesota semiconductors that are essential to producing cars, electrical grids, defense systems, and more.”</p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing">“The future of the semiconductor industry is being built right here in the United States, and Polar will be part of that innovation boom. The company’s technology plays a critical role in high-voltage applications across the aerospace, automotive, and defense sectors and this proposed investment would enable new capabilities to manufacture the next generation of semiconductors,” said <strong>Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and National Institute of Standards and Technology Director Laurie E. Locascio</strong>.</p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing">“We are very pleased to announce this historic investment in Minnesota semiconductor manufacturing. Our expanded manufacturing facility will allow us to increase capacity and branch into innovative technologies to serve new customers and markets,” said <strong>Surya Iyer, President and Chief Operating Officer of Polar Semiconductor</strong>. “Polar and its employees are grateful to the U.S. Department of Commerce and the State of Minnesota for their commitment to the future of American semiconductor manufacturing and appreciate the strong collaboration with the CHIPS Program Office, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (“DEED”), and the City of Bloomington, Minnesota, throughout this process. Polar is also pleased to welcome a significant equity investment from Niobrara Capital and Prysm Capital, which will allow the Company to become U.S.-owned, and for the continued support of our long-term partners, Sanken Electric and Allegro MicroSystems.”</p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing">Polar has received state and federal support for its proposed expansion, including $75 million from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). The company has also indicated that it plans to claim the Department of the Treasury’s Investment Tax Credit, which is expected to be up to 25% of qualified capital expenditures.</p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing">As explained in its first <a href="https://www.nist.gov/chips/notice-funding-opportunity-commercial-fabrication-facilities" rel="noreferrer">Notice of Funding Opportunity</a>, the Department may offer applicants a PMT on a non-binding basis after satisfactory completion of the merit review of a full application. The PMT outlines key terms for a potential CHIPS incentives award, including the amount and form of the award. The award amounts are subject to due diligence and negotiation of award documents and are conditional on the achievement of certain milestones. After the PMT is signed, the Department begins a comprehensive due diligence process on the proposed projects and continues negotiating or refining certain terms with the applicant. The terms contained in any final award documents may differ from the terms of the PMT being announced today.</p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing"><strong>About CHIPS for America</strong></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing">The Department has received more than 650 statements of interest, more than 200 pre-applications and full applications for NOFO 1, and more than 160 small supplier concept plans for NOFO 2. The Department is continuing to conduct rigorous evaluation of applications to determine which projects will advance U.S. national and economic security, attract more private capital, and deliver other economic benefits to the country. The announcement with Polar Semiconductor is the eighth PMT announcement the Department of Commerce has made under the CHIPS and Science Act, with additional PMT announcements expected to follow throughout 2024.CHIPS for America is part of President Biden’s economic plan to invest in America, stimulate private sector investment, create good-paying jobs, make more in the United States, and revitalize communities left behind. CHIPS for America includes the CHIPS Program Office, responsible for manufacturing incentives, and the CHIPS Research and Development Office, responsible for R&amp;D programs, that both sit within the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) at the Department of Commerce. NIST promotes U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life. NIST is uniquely positioned to successfully administer the CHIPS for America program because of the bureau’s strong relationships with U.S. industries, its deep understanding of the semiconductor ecosystem, and its reputation as fair and trusted. Visit <a href="https://www.chips.gov" rel="noreferrer">https://www.chips.gov</a> to learn more.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-bureaus-offices field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Bureaus and Offices</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/bureaus-and-offices/nist" hreflang="en">National Institute of Standards and Technology</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Tags</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/tags/chips-america" hreflang="en">CHIPS for America</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/tags/semiconductor-industry" hreflang="en">Semiconductor Industry</a></div> </div> </div> Mon, 13 May 2024 09:00:00 +0000 [email protected] 6723 at https://www.commerce.gov Readout of Secretary Raimondo’s Meeting with United Arab Emirates Minister of Investment Mohamed Alsuwaidi https://www.commerce.gov/news/press-releases/2024/05/readout-secretary-raimondos-meeting-united-arab-emirates-minister <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Readout of Secretary Raimondo’s Meeting with United Arab Emirates Minister of Investment Mohamed Alsuwaidi</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/151" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">[email protected]</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 05/09/2024 - 11:03</span> <div class="field field--name-field-issues field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/issues/export-and-investment-promotion" hreflang="en">Export and investment promotion</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-release-status field--type-list-string field--label-hidden field__item">FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</div> <div class="field field--name-field-release-datetime field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2024-05-09T15:03:20Z" class="datetime">Thursday, May 9, 2024</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-media-contact field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><div about="/bureaus-and-offices/os/public-affairs" id="taxonomy-term-27" class="taxonomy-term vocabulary-bureaus-offices"> <h2><a href="/bureaus-and-offices/os/public-affairs"> <div class="field field--name-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Office of Public Affairs</div> </a></h2> <div class="content"> <div > <div class="field field--name-field-email field--type-email field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="mailto:[email protected]" rel="noreferrer">[email protected]</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Yesterday, Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo met with His Excellency Mohamed bin Hassan Alsuwaidi, the Minister of Investment of the United Arab Emirates. Secretary Raimondo discussed shared investment priorities and opportunities to expand commercial and investment ties between the United States and the United Arab Emirates. She also congratulated the Minister on recent developments in U.S.-UAE commercial collaboration to advance the clean energy transition, which included an announcement from Masdar on its stake in the U.S. renewable energy producer Terra-Gen.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-bureaus-offices field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Bureaus and Offices</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/bureaus-and-offices/ita" hreflang="en">International Trade Administration</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-leadership field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Leadership</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/about/leadership/gina-m-raimondo" hreflang="en">Gina M. Raimondo </a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Tags</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/tags/secretary-gina-raimondo" hreflang="en">Secretary Gina Raimondo</a></div> </div> </div> Thu, 09 May 2024 15:03:20 +0000 [email protected] 6722 at https://www.commerce.gov NOAA Breaks Ground on a New Marine Operations Center Facility in Newport, Rhode Island funded by President Biden’s Investing in America Agenda https://www.commerce.gov/news/press-releases/2024/05/noaa-breaks-ground-new-marine-operations-center-facility-newport-rhode <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">NOAA Breaks Ground on a New Marine Operations Center Facility in Newport, Rhode Island funded by President Biden’s Investing in America Agenda</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/207" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">[email protected]</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 05/06/2024 - 13:42</span> <div class="field field--name-field-issues field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/issues/investing-communities-and-workers" hreflang="en">Investing in communities and workers</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-release-status field--type-list-string field--label-hidden field__item">FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</div> <div class="field field--name-field-release-datetime field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2024-05-06T17:42:08Z" class="datetime">Monday, May 6, 2024</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-media-contact field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><div about="/bureaus-and-offices/os/public-affairs" id="taxonomy-term-27" class="taxonomy-term vocabulary-bureaus-offices"> <h2><a href="/bureaus-and-offices/os/public-affairs"> <div class="field field--name-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Office of Public Affairs</div> </a></h2> <div class="content"> <div > <div class="field field--name-field-email field--type-email field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="mailto:[email protected]" rel="noreferrer">[email protected]</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>NEWPORT, RI</strong> – Today, the Department of Commerce’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) held a groundbreaking ceremony for a new facility on Naval Station Newport in Rhode Island that will serve as the future home of the NOAA <a href="https://www.omao.noaa.gov/marine-operations/marine-operations-center-atlantic-moc" rel="noreferrer">Marine Operations Center-Atlantic</a>.</p> <p>In December, the U.S. Navy, on behalf of NOAA, <a href="https://www.noaa.gov/news-release/noaa-us-navy-award-construction-contract-for-new-noaa-marine-operations-center" rel="noreferrer">awarded</a> $146,778,932 to Skanska USA to build the new NOAA facility. The design and construction of the facility is funded in part by the <a href="https://www.noaa.gov/inflation-reduction-act" rel="noreferrer">Inflation Reduction Act</a>, the largest climate investment in history, as part of President Biden’s Investing in America agenda.</p> <p>The facility will include a pier to accommodate four large vessels, a floating dock for smaller vessels, space for vessel repairs and parking, and a building to be used for shoreside support and as a warehouse. Construction is anticipated to be completed in 2027. This project will operate under a Project Labor Agreement, consistent with <a href="https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2022/02/04/executive-order-on-use-of-project-labor-agreements-for-federal-construction-projects/" rel="noreferrer">EO 14063</a>, issued by President Biden.</p> <p>“Thanks to the leadership of President Biden and the hard work of Rhode Island’s elected leaders we are making transformative investments in Rhode Island and all across the country,” <strong>said U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo.</strong> “President Biden’s Investing in America Agenda made it possible for NOAA to construct this new facility and make advances in critical climate and ocean research, while also cementing NOAA’s relationships with the Navy and the community of Newport. This facility will support science and a healthy economy well into the future.”</p> <p>“I’m proud to say that this new facility has been designed to take future changes in our climate into consideration,” <strong>said Rick Spinrad, Ph.D., NOAA Administrator</strong>. “It will be LEED certified and will soon be the homeport for one of our newest, lower emissions vessels, working towards the goal to minimize NOAA’s own impact on the environment.”</p> <p>“The new, state-of-the-art Marine Operations Center-Atlantic facility is critical to NOAA’s mission and delivering on our commitments to regional, international and other diverse partners,” <strong>said NOAA Corps Rear Admiral Nancy Hann, Director of the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps and NOAA Marine and Aviation Operations</strong>. “Newport has always been a welcoming community to NOAA, and we are appreciative of the support from local, state and congressional leaders, as well as our mission partners at Naval Station Newport.”</p> <p>NOAA’s fleet of 15 research and survey ships are operated, managed, and maintained by <a href="https://www.omao.noaa.gov/" rel="noreferrer">NOAA Marine and Aviation Operations</a>. Ranging from large oceanographic research vessels capable of exploring the world’s deepest ocean, to smaller ships responsible for charting the shallow bays and inlets of the U.S., the fleet supports a wide range of marine activities, including fisheries surveys, nautical charting and ocean and climate studies. NOAA ships are operated by NOAA Corps officers and civilian professional mariners.</p> <p>“NOAA is the top scientific weather and oceans agency and I was pleased to help Rhode Island land MOC-A. Naval Station Newport’s location and the years of strategic federal investments we’ve made here are really paying off. Bringing NOAA’s premiere research fleet and Atlantic operations center to the Ocean State means hundreds of jobs for Rhode Island and a brighter future for our Blue Economy,” <strong>said Senator Reed</strong>.</p> <p>“I am very pleased to celebrate the groundbreaking of NOAA’s new Atlantic Marine Operations Center right here in Rhode Island. The research conducted here will help us better understand the effects of climate change on the oceans and support job growth for years to come,” <strong>said Senator Whitehouse</strong>. “This day would not have been possible without Senator Reed’s longtime dedication to relocating the Center to the Ocean State.” </p> <p>“The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s growing footprint in the Ocean State will be a massive jobs and economy boon for years to come,” <strong>said Congressman Gabe Amo</strong>. “The work to construct and staff the Marine Operations Center-Atlantic, right here on Naval Station Newport, will improve our national security — and non-military — operations. I am grateful for the leadership of Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, Secretary Gina Raimondo, and all our state and local partners here today to break ground on new climate-resilient infrastructure that continues Rhode Island’s fight against climate change.”</p> <p>“Rhode Island is proud to be selected as the home of the new NOAA Marine Operations Center-Atlantic,” <strong>said Governor Dan McKee</strong>. “This facility will bolster our efforts to build climate-resilient infrastructure and support our blue economy. We’re grateful to President Biden, Secretary Raimondo and our congressional delegation for their support of this project which will put Rhode Islanders to work in good-paying jobs and pay dividends for generations to come.”</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-bureaus-offices field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Bureaus and Offices</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/bureaus-and-offices/noaa" hreflang="en">National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/bureaus-and-offices/noaa/omao" hreflang="en">Office of Marine and Aviation Operations</a></div> </div> </div> Mon, 06 May 2024 17:42:08 +0000 [email protected] 6715 at https://www.commerce.gov CHIPS for America Announces $285 million Funding Opportunity for a Digital Twin and Semiconductor CHIPS Manufacturing USA Institute https://www.commerce.gov/news/press-releases/2024/05/chips-america-announces-285-million-funding-opportunity-digital-twin <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">CHIPS for America Announces $285 million Funding Opportunity for a Digital Twin and Semiconductor CHIPS Manufacturing USA Institute</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/207" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">[email protected]</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 05/06/2024 - 06:00</span> <div class="field field--name-field-issues field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/issues/manufacturing" hreflang="en">Manufacturing</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-release-status field--type-list-string field--label-hidden field__item">FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</div> <div class="field field--name-field-release-datetime field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2024-05-06T10:00:00Z" class="datetime">Monday, May 6, 2024</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-media-contact field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><div about="/bureaus-and-offices/os/public-affairs" id="taxonomy-term-27" class="taxonomy-term vocabulary-bureaus-offices"> <h2><a href="/bureaus-and-offices/os/public-affairs"> <div class="field field--name-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Office of Public Affairs</div> </a></h2> <div class="content"> <div > <div class="field field--name-field-email field--type-email field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="mailto:[email protected]" rel="noreferrer">[email protected]</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Today, the Biden-Harris Administration issued a <a href="http://www.nist.gov/document/chips-manufacturing-usa-nofo" rel="noreferrer">Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO</a>) seeking proposals from eligible applicants for activities to establish and operate a CHIPS Manufacturing USA institute focused on digital twins for the semiconductor industry. Digital twins are virtual models that mimic the structure, context, and behavior of a physical counterpart. The CHIPS for America Program anticipates up to approximately $285 million for a first-of-its-kind institute focused on the development, validation, and use of digital twins for semiconductor manufacturing, advanced packaging, assembly, and test processes. The CHIPS Manufacturing USA institute is the first Manufacturing USA institute launched by the Department of Commerce under the Biden Administration.</p> <p>Unlike traditional, physical research models, digital twins can exist in the cloud, which enables collaborative design and process development by engineers and researchers across the country, creating new opportunities for participation, speeding innovation, and reducing costs of research and development. Digital twin-based research can also leverage emerging technology like artificial intelligence to help accelerate the design of new U.S. chip development and manufacturing concepts and significantly reduce costs by improving capacity planning, production optimization, facility upgrades, and real-time process adjustments.</p> <p class="paragraph">“Digital twin technology can help to spark innovation in research, development, and manufacturing of semiconductors across the country – but only if we invest in America’s understanding and ability of this new technology,” said <strong>Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo</strong>. “This new Manufacturing USA institute will not only help to make America a leader in developing this new technology for the semiconductor industry, it will also help train the next generation of American workers and researchers to use digital twins for future advances in R&amp;D and production of chips.”</p> <p>“Under President Biden’s leadership, we’re writing a new chapter in semiconductor manufacturing in America,” said <strong>Arati Prabhakar, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology and Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.</strong> “CHIPS R&amp;D is about making sure American manufacturers can continue to succeed and thrive. Digital twin technology can accelerate the costly and time-consuming work to develop the next generation of robust manufacturing for this extraordinarily complicated product.”</p> <p>Funded activities are expected to include, but not necessarily be limited to operational activities to run the Institute; basic and applied research related to semiconductor digital twin development; establishing and supporting shared physical and digital facilities; industry-relevant demonstration projects; and digital twin-related workforce training.</p> <p class="paragraph">“Digital twin technology will help transform the semiconductor industry,” said <strong>Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Director Laurie E. Locascio</strong>. “This historic investment in the CHIPS Manufacturing USA institute will help unite the semiconductor industry to unlock the enormous potential of digital twin technology for breakthrough discoveries. This is a prime example of how CHIPS for America is bringing research institutions and industry partners together in public private partnership to enable rapid adoption of innovations that will enhance domestic competitiveness for decades to come.”</p> <p class="paragraph">The CHIPS Manufacturing USA institute is expected to use integrated physical and digital assets to tackle important semiconductor-industry manufacturing challenges. By establishing a regionally diverse network, the institute will foster a collaborative environment to significantly expand innovation, bring tangible benefits to both large and small to mid-sized manufacturers, engage diverse communities, and ensure robust nation-wide workforce training. </p> <p>The CHIPS Manufacturing USA institute will join an existing network of seventeen Manufacturing USA institutes designed to secure the future of U.S. manufacturing through innovation, education, and collaboration.</p> <p>Dr. Eric Forsythe, director, and Dr. Michael McKittrick, deputy director, CHIPS Manufacturing USA Program, will provide a briefing on details of the NOFO on May 8, 2024, at 4:00 pm ET. Webinar participants must <a href="http://www.nist.gov/news-events/events/chips-manufacturing-usa-institute-nofo-digital-twin" rel="noreferrer">register</a> in advance.</p> <p>On May 16, 2024, the CHIPS Manufacturing USA Program will host a one-day hybrid meeting for potential applicants for this funding opportunity. For more information and to register for this event, please visit <a href="https://www.nist.gov/news-events/events/2024/05/chips-manufacturing-usa-institute-proposers-day" rel="noreferrer">chips.gov</a>.</p> <p><strong>About CHIPS for America  </strong> </p> <p>CHIPS for America is part of President Biden’s economic plan to invest in America, stimulate private sector investment, create good-paying jobs, make more in the United States, and revitalize communities left behind. CHIPS for America includes the CHIPS Program Office, responsible for manufacturing incentives, and the CHIPS Research and Development (R&amp;D) Office, responsible for R&amp;D programs. Both offices sit within the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) at the Department of Commerce. NIST promotes U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life. NIST is uniquely positioned to successfully administer the CHIPS for America program because of the bureau’s strong relationships with U.S. industries, its deep understanding of the semiconductor ecosystem, and its reputation as fair and trusted. Visit <a href="https://www.chips.gov/" rel="noreferrer">https://www.chips.gov</a> to learn more.    </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-bureaus-offices field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Bureaus and Offices</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/bureaus-and-offices/nist" hreflang="en">National Institute of Standards and Technology</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Tags</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/tags/chips-america" hreflang="en">CHIPS for America</a></div> </div> </div> Mon, 06 May 2024 10:00:00 +0000 [email protected] 6714 at https://www.commerce.gov U.S. Department of Commerce Launches CHIPS Women in Construction Framework with Initial Voluntary Commitments from Intel and Micron https://www.commerce.gov/news/press-releases/2024/05/us-department-commerce-launches-chips-women-construction-framework <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">U.S. Department of Commerce Launches CHIPS Women in Construction Framework with Initial Voluntary Commitments from Intel and Micron</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/207" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">[email protected]</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 05/02/2024 - 08:15</span> <div class="field field--name-field-issues field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/issues/investing-communities-and-workers" hreflang="en">Investing in communities and workers</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-release-status field--type-list-string field--label-hidden field__item">FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</div> <div class="field field--name-field-release-datetime field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2024-05-02T12:15:00Z" class="datetime">Thursday, May 2, 2024</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-media-contact field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><div about="/bureaus-and-offices/os/public-affairs" id="taxonomy-term-27" class="taxonomy-term vocabulary-bureaus-offices"> <h2><a href="/bureaus-and-offices/os/public-affairs"> <div class="field field--name-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Office of Public Affairs</div> </a></h2> <div class="content"> <div > <div class="field field--name-field-email field--type-email field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="mailto:[email protected]" rel="noreferrer">[email protected]</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><em>Announcement is Part of Secretary Raimondo’s Million Women in Construction Initiative</em></p> <p>Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced the CHIPS Women in Construction Framework, a set of five best practices, as well as the first voluntary commitments to the Framework from Intel Corporation and Micron Technology. The Framework is part of U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo’s ongoing <a href="//www.commerce.gov/news/blog/2022/10/secretary-raimondo-calls-more-women-construction-industry-nabtu-tradeswomen-build" rel="noreferrer">Million Women in Construction</a> initiative that aims to expand the American construction workforce by doubling the number of women in construction over the next decade. Under the Framework, companies will work with contractors, trade unions, and other community and workforce partners to implement best practices that will expand the construction workforce by increasing the participation of women and economically disadvantaged individuals. These recruitment and retention best practices will help support on-time and successful completion of CHIPS program-funded projects. Semiconductor manufacturing companies that have already signed non-binding Preliminary Memoranda of Terms (PMT) may voluntarily adopt the Framework.</p> <p>“It is a simple question of math. If we are going to meet the national and economic security imperatives of the CHIPS Program, we are going to have to figure out how to fill the hundreds of thousands of jobs we are creating, and we won’t fill those jobs without growing our construction workforce to include more women,” said <strong>U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo</strong>. “The CHIPS Women in Construction Framework will help get more women into our construction workforce by bringing together companies, communities, unions, and other workforce training partners to both develop the talent pipeline and ensure workplaces have the support systems needed.”</p> <p>Adoption of the Framework is intended to build upon the existing efforts of these companies and best practices established through labor, industry, government, and community leadership to increase representation of women and economically disadvantaged individuals in the construction workforce.</p> <p>Companies that voluntarily adopt the Framework will collaborate with contractors, trades unions, and other community and workforce partners in their efforts to implement the following practices:</p> <ol><li><strong>Set goals and monitor progress</strong> towards increasing the participation of women on CHIPS-funded construction projects.</li> <li><strong>Build community partnerships </strong>with community organizations with a track record of increasing women and economically disadvantaged individuals’ exposure to and recruitment into the construction industry.</li> <li><strong>Develop training pathways </strong>such as training investments, apprentice utilization goals, or apprentice readiness program partnerships that serve women and economically disadvantaged individuals.</li> <li><strong>Provide access to supportive services</strong> such as child care or transportation that will increase retention of women and economically disadvantaged individuals in the workforce.</li> <li><strong>Maintain healthy, safe, and respectful workplaces </strong>and prevent and address harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and violence through workplace training, policy and practice.</li> </ol><p>As part of today’s launch, the Department of Commerce is also announcing the first voluntary company commitments from Intel Corporation and Micron Technology to participate in the Framework. Intel Corporation’s investments in Arizona, New Mexico, Ohio, and Oregon are estimated to directly create over 20,000 construction jobs. Intel and its contractors have a long history of partnerships with trades unions, including a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) for construction of Intel’s Ohio fabs and construction workforce efforts that expand access and opportunity for workers at all of its manufacturing sites. PLAs help secure the skilled and trained workforce required to complete a high-quality project on schedule.</p> <p>“Intel is a leading semiconductor manufacturer in the United States, and we’re proud that our worksites are creating thousands of construction jobs nationwide. With leadership comes responsibility and we’re committed to supporting our contractors and other stakeholders in their efforts to hire and train more women in the field,” <strong>said Intel Chief Global Operations Officer Keyvan Esfarjani. </strong>“As Intel embarks on a generational expansion of its U.S. manufacturing operations, we appreciate the opportunity to work with the Biden-Harris Administration and support our contractors and key partners on our shared goal to attract more women to construction careers.”</p> <p>Micron Technology’s investments in Idaho and New York are estimated to directly create over 9,000 construction jobs. Both of Micron’s project sites will operate under PLAs that also include provisions to expand access to economically disadvantaged individuals.</p> <p class="xxxx1">“Micron’s leading-edge memory manufacturing depends on a skilled U.S. manufacturing and construction workforce. Currently, construction workforce availability is one of the most pressing issues facing the U.S. semiconductor industry at a time when we need all the well-trained workers we can get. Our historic commitments in Idaho and New York, supported by the CHIPS and Science Act grants, focus on developing the next generation of construction careers,” said <strong>Micron Executive Vice President of Global Operations Manish Bhatia.</strong> “Through PLAs and with the support of our community partners, we are creating pathways for all, including women and veterans in construction, while addressing barriers to entry, including increasing access to childcare at our sites. Micron is proud to formally join the Biden-Harris Administration to increase the talent pipeline and create a more inclusive workforce. This further builds on Micron’s existing partnerships, and our commitment to a percentage of eligible construction and ongoing spending with diverse businesses, including women-owned businesses, which will ensure the jobs Micron’s projects create are inclusive of women.”</p> <p>“Women make up nearly half of America’s workforce, yet remain vastly underrepresented in industries like construction, which needs more skilled workers to fill these high-paying jobs,” said <strong>Acting Secretary of Labor Julie Su.</strong> “That is why the CHIPS Women in Construction Framework is so important. To fulfill the promise of President Biden’s Investing in America agenda and to rebuild the nation’s economy from the middle out and the bottom up, we’re making sure that no talent is left untapped.”  </p> <p>In the coming months, companies that have adopted the Framework will work with the CHIPS Program Office (CPO), the Department of Commerce, and collaborate with local partners, such as contractors, trades unions and community-based organizations to develop and implement activities carrying out the best practices outlined in the Framework. The Department of Commerce expects that today’s announcements will be the first of several expected announcements under the Framework, which is available to all CHIPS applicants that have entered into a PMT with the Department. Adopting the Framework is not a requirement for receiving CHIPS funding, but CPO welcomes all companies who enter into a preliminary memorandum of terms with the Department to adopt the Framework and implement its best practices.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Tags</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/tags/chips-america" hreflang="en">CHIPS for America</a></div> </div> </div> Thu, 02 May 2024 12:15:00 +0000 [email protected] 6709 at https://www.commerce.gov Readout of Deputy Secretary Graves’ Meeting with Liechtenstein Deputy Prime Minister Sabine Monauni https://www.commerce.gov/news/press-releases/2024/04/readout-deputy-secretary-graves-meeting-liechtenstein-deputy-prime <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Readout of Deputy Secretary Graves’ Meeting with Liechtenstein Deputy Prime Minister Sabine Monauni</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1267" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">[email protected]</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 05/01/2024 - 14:51</span> <div class="field field--name-field-release-status field--type-list-string field--label-hidden field__item">FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</div> <div class="field field--name-field-release-datetime field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2024-04-29T18:48:48Z" class="datetime">Monday, April 29, 2024</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-media-contact field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><div about="/bureaus-and-offices/os/public-affairs" id="taxonomy-term-27" class="taxonomy-term vocabulary-bureaus-offices"> <h2><a href="/bureaus-and-offices/os/public-affairs"> <div class="field field--name-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Office of Public Affairs</div> </a></h2> <div class="content"> <div > <div class="field field--name-field-email field--type-email field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="mailto:[email protected]" rel="noreferrer">[email protected]</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Deputy Secretary of Commerce Don Graves met with Liechtenstein Deputy Prime Minister Sabine Monauni. During the meeting, the Deputy Secretary and Deputy Prime Minister talked about the U.S.-Liechtenstein commercial relationship and opportunities to deepen trade and investment ties. The two also discussed a recently established memorandum of understanding that will deepen bilateral cooperation between our countries to promote professional apprenticeships. The meeting concluded with a conversation reflecting on their government’s respective supply chain resiliency efforts. Deputy Secretary Graves noted that in 2023, the Department launched a first-of-its-kind Supply Chain Center that serves as an analytic engine to help drive the Department of Commerce’s decision-making and policy action on efforts to strengthen supply chain resilience. Deputy Secretary Graves welcomed Lichtenstein’s participation in the 10th SelectUSA Investment Summit, which will take place June 23-26 in the Washington, D.C. area.</p> <p class="text-align-center">### </p></div> Wed, 01 May 2024 18:51:16 +0000 [email protected] 6708 at https://www.commerce.gov U.S. Department of Commerce Directed More than Half of Federal Contract Dollars to Small Businesses in FY2023 https://www.commerce.gov/news/press-releases/2024/04/us-department-commerce-directed-more-half-federal-contract-dollars <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">U.S. Department of Commerce Directed More than Half of Federal Contract Dollars to Small Businesses in FY2023</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/207" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">[email protected]</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 04/30/2024 - 10:00</span> <div class="field field--name-field-release-status field--type-list-string field--label-hidden field__item">FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</div> <div class="field field--name-field-release-datetime field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2024-04-30T14:00:49Z" class="datetime">Tuesday, April 30, 2024</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-media-contact field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><div about="/bureaus-and-offices/os/public-affairs" id="taxonomy-term-27" class="taxonomy-term vocabulary-bureaus-offices"> <h2><a href="/bureaus-and-offices/os/public-affairs"> <div class="field field--name-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Office of Public Affairs</div> </a></h2> <div class="content"> <div > <div class="field field--name-field-email field--type-email field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="mailto:[email protected]" rel="noreferrer">[email protected]</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Today, the Department of Commerce announced that more than half of its federal contract dollars were awarded to small businesses in Fiscal Year (FY) 2023, with a total investment of $2.8 billion in the small business economy. In addition, the Department of Commerce directed more than 25% of its contract dollars to Small Disadvantaged Businesses, for a total of $1.4 billion.</p> <p>As a result of these efforts, the Department of Commerce was awarded an “A+” by the Small Business Administration as part of its FY2023 Small Business Procurement Scorecard. This is Commerce’s 8th consecutive year earning an “A+” for its achievements in small business contracting.</p> <p>“Small businesses power America’s economy and are a crucial driver of employment and prosperity,” said Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo. “Thanks to President Biden’s Investing in America agenda, we are making historic investments through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, CHIPS and Science Act, and Inflation Reduction Act. We are doing everything we can to support small business owners and ensure they can take advantage of these monumental opportunities.”</p> <p>For FY2023, the Department of Commerce also exceeded its goals for directing contract dollars to women-owned small businesses, service-disabled-veteran-owned small businesses, and Historically Underutilized Business Zone small businesses. For more information on the Department of Commerce’s small business program, visit the <a href="//www.commerce.gov/osdbu" rel="noreferrer">Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization</a> on Commerce.gov.</p> <p>The annual Procurement Scorecard from the Small Business Administration offers accurate and transparent contracting data and serves as a vital assessment tool, gauging the effectiveness of federal agencies in meeting their small business and socioeconomic prime contracting and subcontracting goals. The Department of Commerce’s full scorecard, along with a detailed explanation of the methodology, is <a href="https://www.sba.gov/document/support-small-business-procurement-scorecard-overview" rel="noreferrer">available at SBA.gov</a>.</p></div> Tue, 30 Apr 2024 14:00:49 +0000 [email protected] 6704 at https://www.commerce.gov Publication of U.S. Government-Funded Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage Handbook for Policymakers https://www.commerce.gov/news/press-releases/2024/04/publication-us-government-funded-carbon-capture-utilization-and-storage <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Publication of U.S. Government-Funded Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage Handbook for Policymakers</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/207" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">[email protected]</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 04/30/2024 - 08:17</span> <div class="field field--name-field-release-status field--type-list-string field--label-hidden field__item">FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</div> <div class="field field--name-field-release-datetime field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2024-04-30T12:17:25Z" class="datetime">Tuesday, April 30, 2024</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-media-contact field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><div about="/bureaus-and-offices/os/public-affairs" id="taxonomy-term-27" class="taxonomy-term vocabulary-bureaus-offices"> <h2><a href="/bureaus-and-offices/os/public-affairs"> <div class="field field--name-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Office of Public Affairs</div> </a></h2> <div class="content"> <div > <div class="field field--name-field-email field--type-email field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="mailto:[email protected]" rel="noreferrer">[email protected]</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>In support of the Clean EDGE (Enhancing Development and Growth through Energy) Asia initiative, the Department of State’s Bureau of Energy Resources (ENR) Assistant Secretary Geoffrey R. Pyatt and the Department of Commerce’s Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP) Chief Counsel Stephen Gardner jointly announce the launch of the <em>Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage: Handbook for Policymakers</em>.  This Handbook, sponsored by ENR and developed by CLDP, is a guide to empower legislators, ministries, regulators, and state-owned companies to adopt and enforce legal instruments that will rapidly and effectively deploy carbon capture, utilization, and storage capabilities.  The Handbook was created in close collaboration with experts from U.S. government agencies, foreign governments, multi-lateral organizations, industry, civil society, and academia. </p> <p>In addition to full-scale mitigation efforts, the Administration has indicated that meeting global climate ambitions will require responsible deployment of carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) and carbon dioxide removal (CDR) technologies.  CCUS has a critical role to play in industrial sectors where emissions are challenging to address.  Likewise, CDR can help to counterbalance emissions that cannot be addressed by removing carbon dioxide from ambient air.  The United States and its partners are working now to help countries adopt CCUS policies, mobilize financing, deploy CCUS technologies, and reform laws and regulations to attract responsible CCUS investment. </p> <p>The Departments of State and Commerce encourage government policymakers and regulators to make use of the Handbook and apply its recommendations as they pursue their climate and energy goals.  The Handbook is a starting point for understanding the policies, rules, and best practices that countries can adopt and implement to accelerate the deployment of CCUS.</p> <p>ENR and CLDP will also leverage this guide to expand foreign technical assistance programming, supporting countries who seek advisory services on CCUS.  The English version of the Handbook, along with forthcoming versions of the Handbook in other languages, and other supporting resources on CCUS, can be found online here: <a href="https://cldp.doc.gov/carbon-capture-utilization-and-storage-ccus-resources" rel="noreferrer">Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage (CCUS) Resources.</a></p></div> Tue, 30 Apr 2024 12:17:25 +0000 [email protected] 6703 at https://www.commerce.gov Readout of Secretary Raimondo’s Meeting with Singaporean Minister of Trade and Industry Gan Kim Yong https://www.commerce.gov/news/press-releases/2024/04/readout-secretary-raimondos-meeting-singaporean-minister-trade-and <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Readout of Secretary Raimondo’s Meeting with Singaporean Minister of Trade and Industry Gan Kim Yong</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/207" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">[email protected]</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 04/29/2024 - 17:24</span> <div class="field field--name-field-release-status field--type-list-string field--label-hidden field__item">FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</div> <div class="field field--name-field-release-datetime field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2024-04-29T21:24:30Z" class="datetime">Monday, April 29, 2024</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-media-contact field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><div about="/bureaus-and-offices/os/public-affairs" id="taxonomy-term-27" class="taxonomy-term vocabulary-bureaus-offices"> <h2><a href="/bureaus-and-offices/os/public-affairs"> <div class="field field--name-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Office of Public Affairs</div> </a></h2> <div class="content"> <div > <div class="field field--name-field-email field--type-email field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="mailto:[email protected]" rel="noreferrer">[email protected]</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Today, Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo met with Singaporean Minister of Trade and Industry Gan Kim Yong. The Secretary welcomed the news of Singapore’s transition to its fourth generation of political leadership. Secretary Raimondo and Minister Gan affirmed their commitment to advancing bilateral cooperation under the U.S.-Singapore Partnership for Growth and Innovation (PGI), and discussed the potential for collaboration to enhance semiconductor supply chain resilience and help Micro, Small, and Medium-sized Enterprises participate in the digital economy. The two also reaffirmed their strong support for the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity (IPEF) and the ongoing efforts to deliver concrete outcomes through the Framework, including at the upcoming IPEF Ministerial meeting and IPEF Clean Economy Investor Forum in Singapore on June 5-6.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-bureaus-offices field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Bureaus and Offices</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/bureaus-and-offices/ita" hreflang="en">International Trade Administration</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Tags</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/tags/indo-pacific-economic-framework" hreflang="en">Indo-Pacific Economic Framework</a></div> </div> </div> Mon, 29 Apr 2024 21:24:30 +0000 [email protected] 6705 at https://www.commerce.gov