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Secretary Raimondo and Deputy Secretary Graves Address Commerce Initiatives that Promote Inclusive and Equitable Economic Growth for Latino Communities

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo and Deputy Secretary Don Graves hosted Latino elected officials, leaders, and stakeholder organizations to solicit their input on Commerce initiatives that will assist in promoting inclusive economic growth for Latino communities. Both events took place at the Commerce Department where both Raimondo and Graves addressed the...

Secretary Raimondo Addresses the Role of Hispanic-Serving Institutions in Training the Next Generation of Leaders for the Jobs of the Future

Last week, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo participated in a roundtable discussion with National Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) nationwide and addressed the importance of equity, access to education, and a trained workforce. The event kicked off National Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) Week, a precursor to the start of Hispanic Heritage Month, and was hosted by the Hispanic Association...

United in Memory: The Effects of September 11 Still Reverberate Today

By Joe Wassel, Executive Director and CEO, First Responder Network Authority September 11 irrevocably altered the lives of Americans. Today, on the anniversary, we solemnly reflect on that fateful day and its impact on our nation. Twenty-two years ago, at 9:37 a.m. American Airlines Flight 77 hit the Pentagon — a landmark moment for me. I was in the building as director of communications for the...

A Message from Deputy Secretary Don Graves

Dear Business Leaders, As Deputy Secretary of Commerce, I am writing to you and your members to underscore the importance of continuing our collective work toward advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA). DEIA initiatives are not just cornerstones of corporate responsibility but are also critical for America's growth, innovation, and economic competitiveness. The Equal...

The Income Ranking of Metros Has Changed Little Since 1980

For the most part, high-income places 40 years ago remain high-income today, and low-income places 40 years ago are still relatively low-income. This blog post looks at how little change there has been in how places rank by income over the last several decades. There are a few exceptions, and those metros that have climbed the ranks might offer lessons for economic development strategies and place...

Congratulations to the 2023 Class of Sustainability, Energy, and Environmental (SEE) Ambassadors!

Pictured above: The 2023 Class of SEE Ambassadors. The Sustainability, Energy, and Environmental (SEE) Ambassadors program recognizes individual Departmental employees for their outstanding performance in implementing exceptional cost-saving projects and/or programs that help improve the Department’s sustainability, energy and water efficiency, climate change adaptation, resilience, and...

Commerce’s NOAA Releases New Monthly Tool to Predict High-Tide Flooding

As high tide flooding continues to break records, the Commerce Department’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released a new monthly tool to predict high tide flooding. The new high tide flooding outlook will help coastal communities better understand when and where high tide flooding may occur and the likelihood of high tide flooding for each day in the calendar year...

Biden-Harris Administration Announces Nearly $3.5 Million in Internet for All Grants to Tribal Lands

The Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced it has awarded seven grants totaling nearly $3.5 million to seven Tribal entities as part of the Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program (TBCP). With funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, these new grants bring the total of the program to more than $1.79 billion awarded to 198 Tribal...