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New Memorandum of Understanding with Côte d’Ivoire Slated to Strengthen the United States’ Ties to Africa

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Guest blog post by Janel Edens, Office of Africa, International Trade Administration On December 7 th , 2018, the U.S.-Côte d’Ivoire Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross on behalf of the government of the United States and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Marcel Amon-Tanoh on behalf of the Government of Côte d’Ivoire. “We are fundamentally...

FirstNet Moves Forward with New Board Members, Vision for Maximizing Network Impact for Public Safety

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The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority) capped off a year of significant progress for public safety by welcoming new members to the Board and outlining an enhanced strategic direction for the organization. U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur L. Ross swore in the new members at the U.S. Department of Commerce on December 12 and thanked the members for their service to our country and...

BEA Releases First County GDP Numbers

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Real gross domestic product increased in 1,931 of the nation’s counties and decreased in 1,159 counties in 2015, according to prototype statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. The inflation-adjusted data show GDP unchanged in 23 counties. These prototype county GDP statistics , for the years 2012-2015, represent another step forward in meeting BEA’s long-standing goal of providing a...

Spurring Innovation During National Entrepreneurship Month

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By: Karen Dunn Kelley American ingenuity has powered our nation through advances in technologies such as integrated circuits, personal computers, and the Internet. Through recessions and economic booms, innovation has remained the hallmark of the U.S. economy. Americans have consistently invented revolutionary new technologies and, in the process, created immense global industries. If the United...

Celebrate and Support Small Businesses

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Saturday, November 24, 2018 is Small Business Saturday® – a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities. Please join the SBA and organizations across the country in supporting your local small business by shopping at a small business. How You Can Participate For shoppers Find participating small businesses in your area For small business owners Get advice on...

Real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) Increases in all 50 States in 2nd Quarter of 2018

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The following is a cross-post from the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) Real gross domestic product (GDP) increased in all 50 states and the District of Columbia in the second quarter of 2018, according to statistics released today by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. The percent change in real GDP in the second quarter ranged from 6.0 percent in Texas to 2.5 percent in Delaware. Information...

Census Bureau’s Emergency Response Team Ready With Data

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The following is a cross-post from the U.S. Census Bureau blog When major wildfires broke out in northern and southern California last week, Ron Jarmin, performing the nonexclusive functions and duties of the director of the Census Bureau, activated the agency’s Emergency Preparedness and Response Team (EPRT) . Demographic, economic and business data are crucial in times like these. That’s why the...

Spotlight on Commerce: Robyn Diehl, Training Specialist in the International Trade Administration

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Ed. note: This post is part of the Spotlight on Commerce series highlighting the contributions of Department of Commerce Military Veterans in honor of Veterans Day. Guest blog post by Robyn Diehl, Training Specialist, International Trade Administration My father is a Vietnam and Iraq War veteran, so I was raised to understand the challenges and benefits of military service. It was not my life’s...