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NOAA’s GOES-16 Satellite Sends First Images of Earth: Higher-Resolution Details will Lead to More Accurate Forecasts

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Since the GOES-16 satellite lifted off from Cape Canaveral on November 19, scientists, meteorologists and ordinary weather enthusiasts have anxiously waited for the first photos from NOAA’s newest weather satellite, GOES-16, formerly GOES-R. Earlier this week, the first images were released. NOAA’s GOES-16, situated in geostationary orbit 22,300 miles above Earth, will boost the nation’s weather...

Fact Sheet: Fostering the Advancement of the Internet of Things

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The Department of Commerce today issued a green paper outlining guiding principles and an approach to support the advancement of the Internet of Things (IoT). IoT is a transformational evolution in global technology with the potential to benefit public safety, health care, governance, the environment and improve the daily lives of workers and consumers. The report, developed by the Department’s...

Estimating the Investment and Job Creation Impact of the EB-5 Program

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At the request of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Economics and Statistics Administration (ESA) of the Department of Commerce (DOC) conducted an assessment of the EB-5 program to determine its size and its contribution to the U.S. economy. To accomplish this, we examined individual projects that were active during a two-year...

Cabinet Exit Memo by Secretary Penny Pritzker

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Introduction The Department of Commerce (the Department) sits at the intersection of all business and economic issues, both domestically and abroad. A single mission unites our 12 bureaus and 46,000 employees: to help create the conditions for economic growth, job creation, and opportunity across the United States . The Department helps American companies prosper in the global economy. We issue...

The Benefits and Costs of Apprenticeships: A Business Perspective

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In 2014, President Obama set out an ambitious goal to double the number of apprenticeships to 750,000 by the end of 2018 and to diversify them as well. This year the half-million mark was passed. However, despite their increasing popularity and the proven benefit to workers, apprenticeships are not fully understood in the United States, especially from the point of view of U.S. employers. The...

Measuring the Value of Cross-Border Data Flows

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The internet has transformed how Americans live, work and play. It has connected people around the world in new ways through data that flows seamlessly across borders. Businesses rely on cross-border data flows to access markets and interact with customers across the globe, find new suppliers and communicate with their overseas affiliates. Citizens rely on these flows to access a wealth of...

Intellectual Property and the U.S. Economy: 2016 Update

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Innovation and creative endeavors are indispensable elements that drive economic growth and sustain the competitive edge of the U.S. economy. The last century recorded unprecedented improvements in the health, economic well-being and overall quality of life for the entire U.S. population. 1 As the world leader in innovation, U.S. companies have relied on intellectual property (IP) as one of the...