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Celebrating Native American Heritage Day

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The following is a cross-post from the U.S. Census Bureau's Facts for Features The first American Indian Day was celebrated in May 1916 in New York. The event culminated an effort by Red Fox James, a member of the Blackfeet Nation who rode across the nation on horseback seeking approval from 24 state governments to have a day to honor American Indians. More than seven decades later, then-President...

Outdoor Recreation Accounts for$460 Billion in U.S. GDP

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The following is a cross-post from the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) The Bureau of Economic Analysis released statistics measuring the outdoor recreation economy for the nation, all 50 states, and the District of Columbia. The new U.S. data show that the outdoor recreation economy accounted for 2.1 percent ($459.8 billion) of current-dollar gross domestic product (GDP) for the nation in 2019...

Shop Small and Support Independent Businesses in Your Community on Small Business Saturday

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Small businesses are essential to our Nation’s communities in creating jobs and giving back during times of prosperity and challenge. This year, small businesses need your support now more than ever as they navigate, retool and pivot from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Please join the Small Business Administration (SBA) and organizations across the country by shopping at a small business...

Spotlight on Commerce: John Murphy, Chief Operating Officer, National Weather Service

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Guest blog post by John Murphy, Chief Operating Officer, National Weather Service The National Weather Service (NWS) is proud to employ 1,034 U.S. military veterans -- about a quarter of our total workforce. Veterans bring a wealth of experience and extensive training in many areas to the civilian federal workforce, and we are fortunate to have them in our ranks. As Chief Operating Officer, I am...

Spotlight on Commerce: Andrew Fiddes, Attorney Advisor, Disaster Recovery Program, Office of Chief Counsel, U.S. Economic Development Administration

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Guest blog post by Andrew Fiddes, Attorney Advisor, Disaster Recovery Program, Office of Chief Counsel, U.S. Economic Development Administration I am an Attorney-Advisor in the U.S. Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) Office of Chief Counsel, where I support the Disaster Recovery Program, including EDA’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Recovery Assistance. My...

Spotlight on Commerce: Kevin Cooley Director, Office of Planning & Programming for Service Delivery, National Weather Service

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Guest blog post by Kevin Cooley Director, Office of Planning & Programming for Service Delivery, National Weather Service President Reagan once said, "Some people live their entire lives wondering if they made a difference in the world…but Marines don't have that problem." This sentiment also applies to the dedicated career public servants I have had the honor to work with in government. As a...

Spotlight on Commerce: Brian Copello, Executive Officer, Communications Technology Laboratory (CTL), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

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Guest blog post by Brian Copello, Executive Officer, Communications Technology Laboratory (CTL), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) I never feel worthy of the thanks some bestow upon me for my military service. First and of most importance, I have made so little sacrifice compared to so many brothers and sisters who have given more. And truth be told, my service was as much a...

Spotlight on Commerce: Eric Atkisson, Director of Communications, U.S. Patent & Trademark Office

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Guest blog by Eric Atkisson, Director of Communications, U.S. Patent & Trademark Office As director of communications for “America’s innovation agency,” I lead a highly talented team of communication professionals charged, among other things, with promoting the vital role that patents and trademarks play in fostering innovation, competitiveness, and economic growth. I enjoy my job because I enjoy...