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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 of Commerce Wilbur Ross Concludes SelectUSA Investment Summit, Celebrating New Business Projects and Workforce Development

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Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross concluded the sixth SelectUSA Investment Summit, after bringing together business leaders and economic development officials from 79 global markets and 49 U.S. states and territories. More than 3,100 people attended, including 1,200 business representatives. Throughout the Summit, Director of the National Economic Council Larry Kudlow, Advisor to the...

Remarks by Commerce Secretary Wilbur L. Ross at the Boys and Girls Clubs of America “Great Think: Workforce Readiness” Event

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Thank you, Jim, for that kind introduction. It is my honor to be here with people like David Seaton; Carolyn Lee; Michael Bellaman; Karen Pittman; and, of course, with those who really matter most, the students who were just being quizzed so relentlessly by Jim. Jim, the Boys and Girls Clubs of America is fortunate to have such a nationwide prominent and respected person as you as its President...

The Tax Cuts and Job Act: New Low Taxes and New Investments to Distressed Communities

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Today marks the first Tax Day under the new President Trump Tax Code, this massive tax cut benefits everyday working families and supports American businesses. In 2018, Americans started benefiting from the President’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act as their take-home pay increased due to a lower tax burden and companies large and small passed the benefits of the business tax cuts on to their employees in...

Secretary Ross Addresses White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council

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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross participated in this week’s White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council meeting hosted by President Donald Trump. During the council meeting, Secretary Ross highlighted the innovative steps taken by the U.S. Department of Commerce to encourage private investment in Opportunity Zones. He shared how the Economic Development Administration and Minority...

Remarks by U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur L. Ross at the Port of Fernandina in Fernandina, Florida

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Thank you, Laura, for that kind introduction. It is my pleasure to be with all of you here at the Port of Fernandina. Thank you to the kind people of Nassau County for such a warm welcome. We are also honored to have with us your Representative in the U.S. Congress. Congressman John Rutherford has joined me today, and we are both very pleased to be here. This town is a gem. Don’t worry — I won’t...

Op-Ed by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross: Trump Administration is Building a Better Economy for Florida and the Country

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Today,‭ ‬I am honored to be in the beautiful city of Jacksonville while I meet with local business leaders from Duval and Nassau Counties to hear their thoughts on the direction of the nation as well as the local economy.‭ ‬As Secretary of Commerce,‭ ‬I oversee diverse areas from the‭ ‬2020‭ ‬Decennial Census and‭ ‬space commerce to trade negotiations and‭ ‬Federal weather forecasting,‭ ‬which is...

Spotlight on Commerce: Jessica Falk, Area Director, Austin Regional Office, Economic Development Administration

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Spotlight on Commerce: Emily Miller, Policy Advisor, Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, U.S. Economic Development Administration

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Ed. note: This post is part of the Spotlight on Commerce series highlighting the contributions of Department of Commerce employees during Women’s History Month. Guest blog post by Emily Miller, Policy Advisor, Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, U.S. Economic Development Administration While on my first deployment in the U.S. Army in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, I had the honor to...

Spotlight on Commerce: Irette Y. Patterson, Program Analyst, U.S. Economic Development Administration

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Ed. note: This post is part of the Spotlight on Commerce series highlighting the contributions of Department of Commerce employees during Women’s History Month. Guest blog post by Irette Y. Patterson, Program Analyst, U.S. Economic Development Administration I am a Program Analyst for the Economic Development Administration’s Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms program (TAAF). The program...

New Data Tools Connect American Workers to Education and Job Opportunities

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