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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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Recognizing Hispanic American Heritage Month: Commerce Department Offers Valuable Resources and Services for Hispanic Entrepreneurs and Hispanic -Owned Businesses

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Remarks by U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Don Graves at the Asian Pacific American Caucus with the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)

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Hello everyone! It’s great to be here with you all at the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus. Thank you, Judy, for the kind introduction and for your remarkable leadership. Today I’d like to introduce you to our new MBDA political leadership and share what we’re doing at the Department of Commerce to advocate for minority businesses. Since May, we’ve been proud to have Miguel Estien serve...

Remarks by U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Don Graves at the Cleveland Cuyahoga Community College Roundtable

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Hello everyone! It’s great to be here with you at the Cuyahoga Community College Roundtable. Thank you, Dr. Johnson, for that kind introduction and for organizing this event. I’d also like to thank our Northern Ohio District Export Council members for volunteering your time to support our trade community. And I want to express my gratitude to Jodi Berg from Vitamix and Jack Schron from Jergens for...

Manufacturing Day 2021: Celebrating Resilient U.S. Manufacturers Like Headframe Spirits in Butte, Montana

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Department of Commerce Kicks Off New Job Quality Initiative to Help Ensure that Economic Recovery is Built on Quality Jobs

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Yesterday, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo and Deputy Secretary Don Graves hosted the convening of national experts to officially launch the Department of Commerce’s new Job Quality Initiative. The initiative is aimed at ultimately helping American employers become more competitive by providing their workers with high quality jobs. “Having a job isn’t just about a paycheck – it’s also...

Remarks by U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Don Graves at the Economic Development Administration's (EDA) Indigenous Communities Webinar

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Good afternoon, everyone! And thank you for participating in today’s webinar. While today’s event is virtual, I hope that we can host future events like this one in person. It is my absolute privilege to serve as Deputy Secretary of Commerce and to be part of the Biden-Harris Administration that is not only committed to building back better, but to doing so in a more equitable way. In the last...

Department of Commerce’s NTIA to Begin Accepting Applications for $268 Million Connecting Minority Communities Pilot Program

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Learn More and Apply Now: Communities Across Nation Can Apply for $3 Billion in Funding from President’s American Rescue Plan

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