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USPTO Recognizes Nobel Prize in Chemistry Winners and Inventors

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December 10 is Nobel Prize Day, the day on which Nobel Prize laureates are awarded their medals by the Royal Swedish Academy in Stockholm, Sweden. On behalf of the USPTO, I congratulate this year’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry winners John B. Goodenough, M. Stanley Whittingham, and Akira Yoshino. These inventors have made valuable contributions in the field of electro-chemistry, leading to the...

4th American Workforce Policy Advisory Board Meeting

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Last week, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross joined Advisor to the President IvankaTrump in hosting the 4th meeting of the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board at the Indiana Women's Prison to highlight a workforce development program called “The Last Mile,” which teaches inmates coding skills.

“This is a very important initiative, not only from a workforce development point of view but from

NOAA Celebrates Corals Week and How Healthy Coral Reefs Benefit the Economy

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Healthy coral reefs support commercial and subsistence fisheries as well as jobs and businesses through tourism and recreation. Approximately half of all federally managed fisheries depend on coral reefs and related habitats for a portion of their life cycles. The National Marine Fisheries Service estimates the commercial value of U.S. fisheries from coral reefs is over $100 million. Local...

What is the Historical Probability of a White Christmas in Your State?

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Minnesota. Maine. Upstate New York. The Allegheny Mountains of Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Practically anywhere in Idaho. And of course, the Rockies or the Sierra Nevada Mountains. These are the parts of the Lower 48* where weather history suggests you want to be if you're looking for the best chance of a white Christmas. For those of you dreaming of a white Christmas, you can find places that...

Since 2017, EDA Invests $341.9 Million in 236 Projects Across the U.S in or Near Opportunity Zones

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The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is two years old this week. A key element of the bipartisan bill is the Opportunity Zones initiative. Since January 2017, EDA has invested $341.9 million in 236 projects across the U.S in or near Opportunity Zones. An Opportunity Zone is an economically-distressed community where private investments, under certain conditions, may be eligible for capital gain tax...

NTIA Celebrates 25 Years of Internet Use Survey Research on Consumer Use of Computers and the Internet

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We’re excited to celebrate the quarter-century birthday of our partnership with the Census Bureau on a survey about consumer use of computers and the Internet! Last month, across all fifty states and the District of Columbia, Census interviewers talked to 52,000 households for this comprehensive survey, which collects data every two years on who goes online, what computing devices and technologies...

BEA to Release First Official GDP Estimates for More than 3,000 Counties and 34 Industries

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The size of every county’s economy with industry detail will be officially released for the first time by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis on Dec. 12. BEA will estimate annual gross domestic product, or GDP, for the years 2001 through 2018 for more than 3,000 counties. The data will include contributions to GDP by 34 industries, such as manufacturing, retail trade, and health and social...

Support Small Business on Small Business Saturday

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The following is a cross-post from the Small Business Administration Saturday, November 30, 2019 is Small Business Saturday – a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities. Every year since 1963, National Small Business Week has been recognizing the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners. More than half of Americans...