U.S. Department of Commerce Most Popular Blogs of 2015


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As we close out the year 2015, we also mark two years since the launch of the Commerce Department’s Open for Business Agenda, a bold policy priorities framework for the Department of Commerce, centered on the tools needed for U.S. economic growth.  These tools include U.S. trade and investment, innovation, data, environmental intelligence, and operational excellence, and this agenda reflects the Department’s role as the voice of business, as well as the Obama Administration’s keen focus on economic growth and job creation.

This year, Secretary Pritzker presented a path forward outlining her vision of how America can remain competitive in the 21st century.  Secretary Pritzker emphasized the importance of making key long-term investments in the foundation of America’s economic growth – investments in people through skills training and immigration reform; investments in innovation and entrepreneurship; and investments in the country’s physical and digital infrastructure.

The following blogs generated the most attention and encompass the various pillars outlined in the both the Department’s Open for Business Agenda and Path Forward vision.

U.S. Department of Commerce Announces Most Popular Blogs of 2015

These blog posts generated the most attention and encompass the various pillars outlined in the the Department of Commerce’s Open for Business agenda and Path Forward vision

#1 - Innovation and Operational Excellence

Three years ago, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) started expanding its physical presence across the country in order to bring resources to the doorsteps of innovators and help entrepreneurs advance their cutting-edge ideas to the marketplace. Two regional offices are already open and operating - the Elijah J.

#2 - Innovation in Workforce Development

Joyce Foundation, JPMorgan Chase, and the Annie E. Casey Foundation Support Apprenticeship Return on Investment Study
Guest blog post by Sarah Ayres Steinberg, Vice President of Global Philanthropy, JPMorgan Chase and Whitney Smith, Senior Program Director, Joyce Foundation
At today's White House Summit on Apprenticeship, we were thrilled that Department of Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker announced that the Joyce Foundation, JPMorgan Chase, and the Annie E. Casey Foundation will support a $450,000 effort to document the return on investment of registered apprentices for U.S. employers

#3 - Open Data

Announcing the Commerce Data Service
Post by Ian Kalin, Chief Data Officer, U.S. Department of Commerce
The Department of Commerce provides valuable services and data products that fuel the modern technology services Americans rely on every day. These data sets include information on technological innovation from the Patent and Trademark Office, demographic and economic data from the Census Bureau and the Bureau of Economic Analysis, export data from the International Trade Administration, and information on natural phenomena from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

#4 - Economic Data

BEA's New Data Tool Provides Fast Access to Trade and Investment Stats for Countries

A new data tool--International Trade and Investment Country Facts Application--on the Bureau of Economic Analysis website gives users a snapshot of statistics on trade and investment between the United States and another country by simply clicking on a world map.

#5 - Commercial Diplomacy

Yesterday, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Bruce Andrews signed a Cooperation Arrangement between the U.S. Department of Commerce and the European Commission's Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROWTH). The agreement aims to makes it easier for clusters and their member businesses in the United States and the European Union to form strategic partnerships across the Atlantic.

#6 - Business Investment

Dow Chemical Invests in Employees and the U.S.
Guest blog post by Deborah Borg, President of Dow USA
In 1897, when The Dow Chemical Company first opened its doors in Michigan, our founder most likely wouldn't have known that more than a century later, Dow would be one of the world's largest chemical manufacturers.

#7 - Open Data and Intellectual Property

PatentsView: Driving Open Government Through Data

Bureaus within the Department of Commerce (DOC) create collaborative opportunities with other federal agencies and the public to foster an open government. Our open data initiatives help us make strides in this direction. For the last 225 years, data from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has documented inventive ideas, and in turn has served as a source of continuing, follow-on innovation.

#8 - Export Promotion and Operational Excellence

45 American Companies Win President's "E" and "E" Star Awards for Export Excellence
Post by Penny Pritzker, Secretary of Commerce
Earlier this week, I had the honor of presenting 45 American companies with the President's "E" and "E" Star Awards, a recognition awarded to U.S. businesses that have made significant contributions to U.S. exports. These awardees, which range from small- and medium- sized businesses to household names, understand the importance of exports to their bottom line, American jobs, and the U.S.

#9 - Environmental Sustainability and Operational Excellence

Energy Savings Performance Contract Protects Environment-and Saves Taxpayers up to $7 million

On June 30, 2015, the Census Bureau's National Processing Center in Jeffersonville, Indiana awarded a $120 million Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) to Johnson Controls Government Solutions, a firm that helps the federal government maximize building performance in technology, energy, and security.

#10 - Population Data

New Census Bureau Population Estimates Reveal Fasting Growing U.S. Cities and Counties

The U.S. Census Bureau today released metropolitan statistical area, micropolitan statistical area and county population estimates revealing the fastest-growing cities and counties in the United States. Florida was home to the nation's fastest growing metro area from 2013 to 2014 and contained seven of the nation's top 50 numerically gaining metro areas between July 1, 2013, and July 1, 2014.

#11 - Innovation in Advanced Manufacturing

Building a High-Tech Future Through Partnerships & Planning: Commerce's NIST Announces $7.8 Million in Advanced Manufacturing Technology Grants
Post by Michael F Molnar, Director of Advanced Manufacturing, National Institute of Standards and Technology
The power and performance of the computer chip have improved like clockwork for half a century, as the number of transistors squeezed on a slice of silicon has doubled about every two years. Thanks to the U.S.-led semiconductor industry's almost formulaic progress, innovation has flourished for decades, enabling a steady stream of ever-more-powerful electronic products and capabilities.

#12 - Innovation in Infrastructure

Our Cities, Building a Better World
Guest blog post by Michael S. Burke, Chairman and CEO, AECOM
The expected influx of hundreds of millions of people into major urban centers around the world will create unprecedented new demands for government to add or update infrastructure that support opportunity, stimulate economies and improve quality of life.

#13 - Environmental Data and Community Resilience

NOAA Mapping Tool Visualizes Anticipated Flood Effects, Aiding Preparation for Coastal Storms

A NOAA flood exposure risk mapping tool that was developed in New York, New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania has now been expanded to cover coastal areas along the entire U.S. East Coast and Gulf of Mexico.

#14 - Weather and Operational Excellence

U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker Joins President Obama on Tour of the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida

Today, President Barack Obama and Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker toured NOAA's National Hurricane Center in Miami and received the Center's annual briefing on the upcoming hurricane season. Dr. Rick Knabb, director of the hurricane center, joined NOAA Administrator Dr. Kathryn Sullivan in leading the President and Secretary Pritzker on a tour of the facility and showed them the tools and protocols currently in place to track violent storms and respond to land-falling hurricanes.

#15 - Trade and Investment

Brazil Continues to be Attractive to U.S. Companies, says Andrews

This week, Deputy Secretary Bruce Andrews traveled to Brasilia, Brazil to participate in the ninth U.S. - Brazil CEO Forum. Launched in 2007, the U.S.-Brazil CEO brings together U.S. and Brazilian business and government leaders to discuss how to strengthen bilateral economic and commercial ties between the two countries.

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