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Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump Announce the Members of the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board

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Today, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump announced the 25 members of the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board . Established under Executive Order 13845 , this Board will work directly with the National Council for the American Worker, leveraging the knowledge of its members to develop and implement a strategy to revamp the American workforce to better...

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Concludes Successful 2018

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The U.S. Department of Commerce was hard at work this year protecting American trade and security interests, reforming outdated government practices, planning the critical decennial census, providing crucial weather information to protect lives and property, stewarding the Nation’s marine resources, in addition to supporting minority and community economic development, among countless other vital...

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

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

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

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...