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Sustained, locally-driven investment in community assets needed by businesses will result in high-quality jobs, greater investments, and increased prosperity. We will support local efforts to create and implement viable strategies to build community and regional capacity for job growth.

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Op-Ed: Trump is Keeping His Promises to Forgotten Coal Communities

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On inauguration day, President Donald J. Trump promised America that “the forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer.” In few areas was that promise better fulfilled than for American coal miners. Before the president took office, eight years of the “War on Coal” had taken its toll on our proud and once thriving coal communities. Between January 2009 and February 2017, the...

American Workforce Policy Advisory Board Announces Call for Member Nominations

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Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that U.S. Department of Commerce, in conjunction with the White House, is accepting nominations for the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board. “Since his inauguration, President Trump has sounded the alarm on the plight facing countless American workers and families,” said Secretary Ross. “Addressing the skills gap will not only help...

American Workforce Policy Advisory Board

About the Task Force Pursuant to Executive Order 13845 , "Establishing the President’s National Council for the American Worker," the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board will provide advice and recommendations to the interagency National Council for the American Worker on ways to encourage the private sector and educational institutions to combat the skills crisis by investing in and...

Remarks by Secretary Wilbur L. Ross at Century Aluminum Smelter in Hawesville, Kentucky

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Thank you, Dustin, for that kind introduction, and thank you Michael Bless and the workers here in Hawesville for graciously hosting me and our team from the Department of Commerce. We are honored to be here to celebrate this historic day. We just finished touring the famous Hawesville plant, the re-opening pot line, and meeting with Century’s executive team and workers. I can’t tell you how...

Op-Ed: White House Help for Aluminum Industry Benefits Western Kentucky, Workers

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By Mike Bless, President and Chief Executive Officer, Century Aluminum Wednesday, Kentucky will welcome U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to usher in a new era of economic growth for the commonwealth. Century Aluminum, America’s largest primary aluminum producer, will host a ceremonial restart as we increase production at the Hawesville, Kentucky primary aluminum smelter by 60 percent. That will...

U.S. Department of Commerce Congratulates Tom Gilman, White House Pick to be Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Chief Financial Officer

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Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross congratulated Mr. Tom Gilman after the White House announced their intent to nominate him to be the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Administration and Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Gilman has considerable experience as a leader across several industries and as a valued advisor to business leaders around the world. Ms. Lisa Casias, currently...

Statement from U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross

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Today I received the enclosed letter from the Office of Government Ethics (OGE). I agree with OGE that “the success of our Government depends on maintaining the trust of the people we serve.” I take my ethics obligations very seriously and am committed to serving the American people. I have made inadvertent errors in completing the divestitures required by my ethics agreement. My investments were...

Secretary Wilbur Ross Concludes SelectUSA Investment Summit with $600 Million Announced in New Deals, Supporting 650 U.S. Jobs

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Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross concluded the fifth SelectUSA Investment Summit. More than 3,000 people attended this year’s Summit, including 1,200 business representatives from 66 foreign markets, and economic development organizations (EDOs) from 51 U.S. states and territories. During the event, Secretary Ross was joined by 10 Governors, five Cabinet secretaries, as well as...

Welcome Remarks by Secretary Wilbur L. Ross at the 2018 SelectUSA Investment Summit

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Thank you, Karen, for that kind introduction, and good morning everyone. It is my pleasure to welcome you to the 2018 SelectUSA Investment Summit. This is an exciting event for me, for the U.S. Department of Commerce, for the economic development officials here from 50 states and territories, and for our entire country. This is the second SelectUSA Summit that I have hosted, and this year we will...

SelectUSA’s Annual Summit Begins Today, Highlights Foreign Investment in U.S. with $600 Million for New Projects

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Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross opened the fifth annual SelectUSA Investment Summit, which brings together international companies, U.S. economic development organizations, and other stakeholders to explore job-creating investment opportunities across the United States. “SelectUSA is the premier event for international companies seeking new opportunities in the United States,”...