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Don Graves Sworn-in As Deputy Secretary of Commerce

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Today, Don Graves was sworn-in as the Deputy Secretary of Commerce by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo following a Senate confirmation vote of 89-7. Graves was sworn-in on a copy of the 13th amendment that was signed by President Abraham Lincoln and more than 150 members of Congress, gifted to his third-great-grandfather by his friend, U.S. Senator Charles Sumner, and passed down...

Message from the 19th Deputy Secretary of Commerce, Don Graves

Hello everyone. My name is Don Graves, and I’m so excited to serve as Deputy Secretary of Commerce. I come from a long line of small business owners, including ones who ran a horse and buggy taxi service on the land where the Department of Commerce sits today, and their son who owned and operated the only African American-owned hotel in the mid to late 1800s, just a few short blocks away...

Op-Ed by Gina Raimondo and Alejandro Mayorkas: Colonial Pipeline Ransomware Attack is an Opportunity for Every Organization to Shore Up its Cyber Defenses

The recent ransomware attack on Colonial Pipeline was an all too familiar story to businesses across the United States. The pipeline, which supplies fuel to some 50 million people from the Gulf Coast up through the entire East Coast, was closed last Friday as a precautionary measure after a ransomware attack. The company and the U.S. government continue to investigate the extent of the impact...

Secretary Raimondo Names New Members to United States-Brazil CEO Forum

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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo met virtually today with Brazilian Minister of Economy, Paulo Guedes. During the call, Secretary Raimondo informed Minister Guedes of her recent appointment of three new private sector members to the U.S. Section of the U.S.-Brazil CEO Forum. The Secretary and Minister Guedes also discussed their mutual commitment to continue to work through the Forum...

Spotlight on Commerce: Theodora Meredith, Meteorologist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Weather Service

Guest blog post by Theodora Meredith, Meteorologist, National Weather Service Office Pago Pago, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) I am a meteorologist at the Department of Commerce’s only National Weather Service office located in the southern hemisphere – the NOAA Weather Service Office Pago Pago, American Samoa. On a daily basis I communicate life-saving and impact-based...

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

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...

Biden-Harris Administration Approves First Major Offshore Wind Project in U.S. Waters

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Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland and Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo today announced approval of the construction and operation of the Vineyard Wind project — the first large-scale, offshore wind project in the United States. The Secretaries were joined in the announcement by labor leaders who have been working to ensure that the project is built and maintained by union labor. The 800...

Spotlight on Commerce: Mary Owen-Thomas, Regional Public Affairs Specialist-Chicago, Economic Development Administration (EDA)

Guest blog post by Mary Owen-Thomas, Regional Public Affairs Specialist-Chicago, Economic Development Administration (EDA) I am a Regional Public Affairs Specialist with the Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration’s Chicago regional office. I handle public affairs for the region, which includes Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. My goal is to raise the...