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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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Remarks by Commerce Secretary Wilbur L. Ross at the Roundtable with the Tampa Bay Chamber in Tampa, Florida

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Introduced by Bob Rohrlack, President and CEO, Tampa Bay Chamber Thank you, Dr. Rohrlack, for the kind introduction. And a warm welcome to Mayor Castor who joins us today. And my congratulations to the Tampa Bay Chamber, as you celebrate 135 years of dedicated service to your mission of “enhancing the community by building business success” in Tampa. Thank you also to your member companies in the...

Secretary Ross Announces National Grant Competition to Support America’s Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic

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U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced the opening of a national grant competition funded through the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) to support America’s response to the coronavirus pandemic and future pandemics through innovation and entrepreneurship. Secretary Ross announced the competition at St. Petersburg College (SPC) in St. Petersburg, Florida and was joined...

Remarks by Commerce Secretary Wilbur L. Ross at the Scaling Pandemic Resilience through Innovation and Technology (SPRINT) Challenge Announcement in St. Petersburg, Florida

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Introduced by Mike Meidel, Director, Pinellas County Economic Development Thank you, Mike, for that kind introduction and for your commitment to outreach, education and service to your community as a leader in economic development here in the Tampa Bay region. I am pleased to join you here in Pinellas County, a flourishing high-tech hub, with your 31,000 advanced manufacturing workers and 22,000...

Remarks by Commerce Secretary Wilbur L. Ross at EDA Grant Announcement for City of Petersburg in Petersburg, Indiana

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Introduced by R.C. Klipsch, Mayor of Petersburg Thank you, Mayor Klipsch for that kind introduction and for welcoming us to the City of Petersburg. And my thanks to Lisa Gehlhausen of the Indiana 15 Regional Planning Commission, Clint Roos of Midwestern Engineers and Ashley Willis of Pike County Economic Growth & Development for joining us this afternoon. Believe it or not, I am not the first U.S...

Spotlight on Commerce: Juan Bauza, Economic Development Representative for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, U.S. Economic Development Administration

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Blog post by Juan Bauza, Economic Development Representative for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, U.S. Economic Development Administration My name is Juan Bauza and I’m the Economic Development Representative (EDR) for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands in the U.S. Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) Philadelphia Regional Office. My main responsibilities are to build strategic...

Remarks by Commerce Secretary Wilbur L. Ross at the Jackson County Extension Services in Marianna, Florida

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Introduced by Clint Pate, Chairman, Jackson County Board of County Commissioners. Thank you, Clint, for that kind introduction and for welcoming us to what will soon be an impressive new manufacturing and production site. And my thanks to President and CEO of Enterprise Florida Jamal Sowell, Commissioners Jim Peacock and Eric Hill, and Mayor Travis Ephriam for joining us this morning. Together...

Opening remarks by Commerce Secretary Wilbur L. Ross at the 7th American Workforce Policy Advisory Board Meeting with Ivanka Trump

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Thank you, Ivanka. And thank you , for your vision in organizing the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board and for guiding our work over the past 18 months. This board’s focus and action makes it truly unique among federal advisory councils. To our Board Members here in the Indian Treaty Room and on videoconference, thanks you for your continued civic commitment, and rapid, responsive...

Opening remarks by Commerce Secretary Wilbur L. Ross at the Inaugural Pledge to America’s Workers Presidential Award Ceremony with Ivanka Trump

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Thank you, Ivanka, for your leadership, as the Trump Administration promotes new pathways to career success for millions of Americans. And welcome, everyone, to the Inaugural Pledge to America’s Workers Presidential Award Ceremony. The Pledge shines a spotlight on the truly outstanding investments that businesses in the United States are making in their workers. To date, as Ivanka said, more than...

Commerce Playing Key Role in COVID-19 Response and Recovery

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Under the leadership of Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, the U.S. Department of Commerce is playing a key role in COVID-19 response and recovery efforts. Commerce bureaus are providing economic assistance through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to U.S. communities and businesses affected by the pandemic; trade and export assistance to U.S. businesses; real-time...

Remarks by Commerce Secretary Wilbur L. Ross at the EDA Grant Announcement Leon County Research and Development Authority Tallahassee, Florida

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Thank you, Ron, for that kind introduction and for welcoming us to this impressive Innovation Park. And my thanks also to Commissioner Dozier and Mayor Dailey for joining us this afternoon. I am grateful to all of you for your commitment to meet today in the midst of Hurricane Sally’s disruption. My prayers go out to everyone affected by the flooding, high winds, and damage caused by the storm...