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Year in Review: Commerce's Top 21 Stories of 2021

As we welcome 2022, we reflect on some of the most popular stories and issues from the past year. Last year, the 40th Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo outlined how the Commerce Department contributes to President Biden's Build Back Better agenda. "Our strategy is designed to achieve an overarching goal: to improve America’s economic competitiveness so that our workers and our companies succeed in the global economy," said Secretary Raimondo at the Economic Club of Washington, D.C.

Secretary Raimondo emphasized the importance of prioritizing investments in our people, our infrastructure, our technology, and our supply chains. The Department of Commerce continues to work every day to promote job creation and economic growth by ensuring fair and secure trade, providing the data necessary to support commerce, and fostering innovation by setting standards and conducting foundational research and development.

In honor of the Year 2021, we have compiled a list of the top 21 blogs which generated the most attention and encompassed our mission to create conditions for economic growth and opportunity for all Americans:

  1. U.S. Census Bureau Releases Key Statistics on Nation’s African American Population in Honor of Black History Month
  2. U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo Joins President Biden at U.S.-EU Summit and Advances Tech and Trade Issues with European Union and Private Sector Leaders
  3. Celebrate the Power of Travel during National Travel and Tourism Week 2021
  4. Happy Earth Day – 2021 Commerce Department Earth Day Photo Challenge 
  5. Twenty-Five Years Later: Commerce Continues to Honor the Lives of Secretary Brown and Eleven Commerce Employees
  6. Swearing-In and Message from the 40th Secretary of Commerce, Gina Raimondo
  7. U.S. Census Bureau to Release First Look at Nation's Demographic Characteristics from 2020 Census
  8. 2020 Census Statistics Highlight Local Population Changes and Nation’s Racial and Ethnic Diversity
  9. Women-Owned Business Ownership in America on the Rise
  10.  NOAA Finalizes Strategy to Enhance Growth of American Blue Economy
  11.  Learn More and Apply Now: Communities Across Nation Can Apply for $3   Billion in Funding from President’s American Rescue Plan
  12.  Showcasing Women in STEM at Commerce’s NIST
  13. Deputy Secretary Don Graves: Juneteenth: My Story and Black America’s Ongoing Pursuit Toward Progress
  14.  20 Years Later: NIST’s World Trade Center Investigation and Its Legacy
  15.  Honoring First Responders on the 20th Anniversary of 9/11
  16.  Deputy Secretary Don Graves Praises Commerce’s USPTO for Their Critical Work in Promoting American Competitiveness, Innovation, and Ingenuity
  17.  U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo Addresses Clean Energy Economy and Importance of Business and Academia in Fight for Climate Change
  18.  NTIA Announces Tribal Consultations on New Program to Increase Broadband Access Across Indian Country
  19.  Making a Place for Women in Manufacturing
  20.  Secretary Raimondo Joins Vice President Kamala Harris in Addressing Care Economy and Need to Invest in Human Infrastructure
  21.  Unequally Essential: Women and the Gender Pay Gap During COVID-19

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