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Thank you all for being here today. As you know, the Biden Administration is investing unprecedented resources in Puerto Rico’s economic growth through many of your agencies, and we are committed to working closely with partners across the archipelago—in communities and in the government, non-profit, and private sectors—to ensure growth is inclusive, resilient, and sustainable.  Hurricane Fiona...

Readout of Deputy Secretary of Commerce and Puerto Rico Economic Growth Coordinator Don Graves’ Philanthropic Roundtable with Senior Administration Officials

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Today, Deputy Secretary of Commerce and Puerto Rico Economic Growth Coordinator Don Graves joined Julie Rodriguez, Senior Advisor and Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, Gene Sperling, Senior Advisor to the President and White House American Rescue Plan Coordinator, and Mitch Landrieu, Senior Advisor to the President and White House...

Ensuring Tribal Communities Have the Resources Needed for Economic Growth

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Native American Heritage Month is a time to celebrate and honor the rich history and heritage of Native Americans and recognize their vast contributions to our country’s progress and to our economy. The Commerce Department is committed to ensuring that Tribal communities have the resources they need for economic growth. That commitment starts with high-speed internet. For too long, Tribal...

Increasing Representation of Native Americans in STEM and Innovation

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Commerce Deputy Secretary Graves Concludes Trip to Santa Barbara and Addresses Importance of Protecting Our Nation’s Oceans and Coasts and Creating an Equitable and Diverse Workforce

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Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo Joins First Lady Jill Biden, Labor Secretary Marty Walsh, and Education Secretary Miguel Cardona in Announcing New Administration Initiative to Prepare Young Americans for the Careers of the Future

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ICYMI: U.S. Department of Education Launches New Initiative to Support Career-Connected Learning and Increase Job Pathways for Young Americans 

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Raise the Bar: Unlocking Career Success Initiative is a joint-effort supported by the Departments of Commerce and Labor to increase high-quality pathways that lead to in-demand jobs WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of Education (Department) announced the launch of Raise the Bar: Unlocking Career Success, a new Biden-Harris Administration initiative supported by the Departments of Commerce...

Remarks by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo at the NABTU Tradeswomen Build Nations 2022 Conference

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Thank you, Vennicia, for that introduction. Vennicia has been a friend for years. When I was Governor, Vennicia would be sure to find me at every building trades event to make sure I knew about the Rhode Island Women in the Trades. In Rhode Island, they knew me as the Building Trades Governor. Now, I hope you’ll know me as the Building Trades Secretary. I’ve been to so many building trades events...

Remarks by Deputy Secretary of Commerce Don Graves at the Hyundai Manufacturing Plant Groundbreaking Ceremony

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Thank you, Global Chief Operating Officer Muñoz, for that introduction. And thank you, Executive Chairman Chung, and President Chang for inviting me to participate today. It is an honor to be here. I want to thank Governor Kemp, Senator Ossoff, and Senator Warnock, for their support and encouragement of Hyundai Motors on this investment. On behalf of the entire Biden Administration, I am pleased...

Remarks by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo at the Faith-Based National Partnership Summit

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Thank you, Andres, for that introduction. Welcome to the Commerce Department’s Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships Summit. I’m thrilled to be joined by Deputy Secretary Graves and Under Secretary Cravins. And most importantly, thank you all for participating today. I am so proud that under the Biden-Harris Administration, we have relaunched the Office of Faith-Based and...