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Year in Review: Commerce's Top 21 Stories of 2021

As we welcome 2022, we reflect on some of the most popular stories and issues from the past year. Last year, the 40th Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo outlined how the Commerce Department contributes to President Biden's Build Back Better agenda. "Our strategy is designed to achieve an overarching goal: to improve America’s economic competitiveness so that our workers and our companies...

Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo Welcomes Bureau of Industry and Security Assistant Secretaries Kendler and Axelrod

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Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo welcomed President Biden’s nominees to serve as Assistant Secretaries of Commerce at the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), Thea D. Rozman Kendler and Matthew S. Axelrod, following their unanimous confirmations by the United States Senate. “The Bureau of Industry and Security is at the forefront of some of the most consequential matters facing...

Readout of Secretary Gina Raimondo’s Call with Turkey’s Minister of Trade, Mehmet Muş

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Today, Secretary Gina Raimondo held a virtual introductory meeting with the Minster of Trade of Turkey, Mehmet Muş. The Secretary and Minister Muş reaffirmed their commitment to deepening engagement aimed at increasing bilateral trade between the U.S. and Turkey. During the meeting, Secretary Raimondo raised concerns about recent actions of the Turkish government that have undermined the security...

U.S. Population Estimated at 332,403,650 on Jan. 1, 2022

The following is a cross-post from the U.S. Census Bureau As our nation prepares to ring in the new year, the U.S. Census Bureau projects the United States population will be 332,403,650 on Jan. 1, 2022. This represents a 0.21% increase in population or an additional 706,899 people since New Year’s Day 2021. Population increased 0.29% since Census Day, April 1, 2020, adding 954,369 people during...

Five Ways NOAA Helped Make America Climate-Ready in 2021

The following is a cross-post from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Record-setting summer heat baked the typically cooler Pacific Northwest. The third busiest hurricane season on record sent eight storms barreling into the Atlantic and Gulf coasts. Devastating, record-setting tornadoes brought hundreds of miles of destruction across eight states in December. Tropical...

Santos Sworn In as New Census Bureau Director

Robert Santos was sworn in today as the U.S. Census Bureau’s 26th director, becoming the first Latino person to serve in the role. This appointment follows the U.S. Senate confirmation Nov. 4, 2021, with Santos’ term set to last for five years. “Mr. Santos is a tremendous leader and I have full confidence that he will lead the Census Bureau with integrity in the years ahead,” said Secretary of...

Commerce Awards $4.2 Million to Expand Broadband for Tribal Communities in Arizona, Colorado, Wisconsin

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Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo announced that the Department will be awarding $4.2 million to Tribal communities in Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Oregon, and Wisconsin in order for them to build broadband infrastructure and increase connectivity on Tribal lands. The Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $3.2 million grant to the Ute Mountain...

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo Highlights Key 2021 Departmental Accomplishments

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Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo issued the following statement highlighting key accomplishments at the Department of Commerce since the Biden-Harris administration took office on January 20, 2021. The U.S. Department of Commerce also released a fact sheet highlighting detailed accomplishments from each of the Bureaus. “As Secretary of Commerce, I’ve been honored to help...