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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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Secretary Raimondo Statement on Fiscal Year 2023 Appropriations

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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo issued the following statement on the Fiscal Year 2023 appropriations for the U.S. Department of Commerce after President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023 into law. “Once again, President Biden is showing that the United States government is capable of delivering on its promises to the American people and I congratulate...

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Remarks by Deputy Secretary of Commerce Don Graves at the Puerto Rico Economic Dialogue

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Increasing Representation of Native Americans in STEM and Innovation

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Commerce Deputy Secretary Graves Concludes Trip to Santa Barbara and Addresses Importance of Protecting Our Nation’s Oceans and Coasts and Creating an Equitable and Diverse Workforce

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On Wednesday, November 16th, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Don Graves traveled to Santa Barbara, California, where he met with community leaders to highlight the Commerce Department’s commitment to protecting our nation’s sanctuaries and strengthening the U.S. semiconductor industry through improved workforce development opportunities and creating an equitable and diverse workforce. The Biden...

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