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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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Deputy Secretary Graves Statement on the Release of the National Cybersecurity Strategy

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Today, the Biden-Harris Administration released the National Cybersecurity Strategy to position the United States and its allies and partners to build a digital ecosystem that is defensible, resilient, and aligned with our values. After the announcement, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Don Graves released the following statement: “The National Cybersecurity Strategy reinforces the need for...

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U.S. Commerce Deputy Secretary Don Graves Meets with Members of Multiple Sectors and Community-Led Organizations, Announces Funding for Puerto Rico, and Urges Participation in the Economic Census

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Puerto Rico Approved to Receive Federal Funding Through the State Small Business Credit Initiative to Support Small Business Financing Programs

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Treasury Department Announces Puerto Rico to Receive up to $109 Million to Promote Small Business Growth and Entrepreneurship through President Biden’s American Rescue Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced Puerto Rico will receive up to $109 million in funding under the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) in President Biden’s American Rescue Plan. Treasury has now...

Biden-Harris Administration Announces Nearly $3 Million in an Internet for All Grant to Universidad del Sagrado Corazón in Puerto Rico

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The Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced today it has awarded Universidad del Sagrado Corazón a $2,978,187.00 grant from the Connecting Minority Communities Pilot Program (CMC). Deputy Secretary of Commerce Don Graves announced the award at a press conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico. “Connected communities create empowered...