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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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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo Announces $3 Billion Investment in America’s Communities

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Historic investment from President Biden’s American Rescue Plan represents the largest economic development initiative in decades Communities across the country will be able to apply for funding immediately Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo announced that the Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) will implement a series of programs, collectively called...

President Biden to Join Secretary Raimondo at the 2021 SelectUSA Investment Summit

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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo today announced that President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. will provide prerecorded remarks at the 2021 SelectUSA Investment Summit, to be held virtually June 7-11. President Biden will join Cabinet Secretaries, Governors, CEOs, and other public and private sector leaders eager to strike global business investment deals for the United States and share insights...

Remarks by Secretary Gina M. Raimondo at the Manassas Women’s Roundtable

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Good afternoon everyone. It’s great to be here. Thank you Mayor Davis-Younger, Senator Warner, Congresswoman Wexton, and Senator McPike for inviting me to join what I'm sure will be a great discussion on the importance of women-led small businesses. I want to hear what we can do in Washington to support you.  As the first female governor of Rhode Island and a former business owner, I understand...

Recognizing AANHPI Heritage Month: Commerce Department Offers Valuable Resources and Services for Entrepreneurs and Minority and Women-Owned Businesses

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This year as we celebrate Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month, we must first recognize the rise of hate crimes on the AANHPI community faced this past year during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Commerce Department continues to support the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to end this violence and root out systemic barriers to economic justice, health...

Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo Addresses Economic Recovery and Need for Greater Equity and Opportunity for Women

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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo addressed the inaugural Finance Festival: Women and Wealth conference hosted by Ladies Get Paid and Public.com. During her pre-recorded discussion on April 29 with Ashley Louise, Co-Founder and CEO of Ladies Get Paid, Secretary Raimondo addressed the Biden Administration’s commitment to fix systemic inequities among women and minorities through the American...

Secretaries Raimondo and Walsh Travel to Connecticut to Discuss Importance of Investing in Apprenticeships through the American Jobs Plan

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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo joined U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh on Monday in Connecticut to meet with business and labor leaders and elected officials on the importance of strengthening America’s workforce development infrastructure through investments in the American Jobs Plan. Raimondo and Walsh started the day with a tour of General Dynamics-Electric Boat in Groton...

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo Joins Senator Jeanne Shaheen in New Hampshire to Discuss Importance of Rebuilding Travel and Tourism Industry and Strengthening Manufacturing through the American Jobs Plan

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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo joined New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen yesterday in Hampton, New Hampshire to meet with local travel and tourism business leaders on the impact of COVID-19 on their businesses and how the American Rescue Plan (ARP) is helping economic recovery efforts. Following the tourism roundtable, Secretary Raimondo and Senator Shaheen toured AeroDynamics...

Secretary Raimondo Joins Vice President Harris in Addressing Care Economy and Need to Invest in Human Infrastructure

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Earlier this month, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo joined Vice President Kamala Harris, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, and other leaders and stakeholders in addressing the first-ever Care Can’t Wait Summit. The summit convened caregivers, care workers, people with disabilities, older adults, children, parents & grandparents, advocates & policy leaders virtually across the United...

Spotlight on Commerce: Ashley Zuelke, Program Manager, Denver Regional Office, U.S. Economic Development Administration

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Guest blog post by Ashley Zuelke, Program Manager, Denver Regional Office, U.S. Economic Development Administration I serve as a Program Manager in the Denver Regional Office at the Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA). I joined EDA in August 2020 to support economic response to and recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. My team and I work with applicants throughout our...

Department of Commerce's EDA Awards Over $70 Million To Support Economic Recovery Across The U.S. And Territories

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Today, the Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration announced over $70 million in CARES Act Recovery Assistance, Disaster Recovery, and Public Works Program grants to support businesses and communities adversely affected by the coronavirus pandemic and natural disasters, and bolster public works projects to spur economic growth. These grants provide critical gap financing for...