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Announcing the 2021 Class of Sustainability, Energy, and Environmental (SEE) Ambassadors

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The SEE Ambassadors program recognizes individual Departmental employees for their outstanding performance in implementing exceptional cost-saving projects and/or programs that help the Department achieve its mission to implement sustainability and improve energy efficiency, water conservation, environmental performance, and awareness. Despite the many challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, these...

Secretary Gina Raimondo and Rhode Island Senator Jack Reed Call for Major Federal Investment in America’s Care Economy

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The following is a cross-post from the office of Rhode Island Senator Jack Reed Investing in America’s care economy workforce and infrastructure will boost U.S. economy & improve access to essential health, education, childcare and elder care services In an effort to boost economic recovery, deliver critical services for children, families, and seniors, and promote sustainable economic growth, U.S...

Deputy Secretary Don Graves Joins Oregon Senator Ron Wyden in Addressing Need to Invest in Care Workers and Care Economy

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Earlier this month, Deputy Secretary Don Graves hosted a virtual roundtable discussion on the economic impact and need to have accessible and affordable childcare in the workplace with the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). Deputy Secretary Graves was joined by Oregon Senator Ron Wyden and AFSCME President Lee Saunders in emphasizing the importance of family...

20 Years Later: NIST's World Trade Center Investigation and Its Legacy

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The following is a blog post by S. Shyam Sunder who led the Federal Building and Fire Safety Investigation of the World Trade Center Disaster in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The collapse of the World Trade Center (WTC) buildings following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, was one of the worst-ever building disasters in recorded history — killing 2,749 people...

Commerce Deputy Secretary Don Graves Joins Congressman Mike Doyle in Hosting Roundtable Discussion with Pittsburgh-Area Leaders on the Need for High Speed, Affordable Internet

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Graves Praises Pennsylvania for High Vaccine Rate and Stresses Administration’s Commitment to the Economic Recovery of the Coal Community Earlier this month, Deputy Secretary Don Graves joined Congressman Mike Doyle and Mayor Bill Peduto in hosting a roundtable discussion to address the increasing need for high-speed, affordable internet access in the Pittsburgh-area and across America. Graves...

NTIA’s Broadband Infrastructure Program Receives Over 230 Applications, More Than $2.5 Billion in Funding Requests

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The following is a cross-post from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced today that it has received more than 230 applications for the Broadband Infrastructure Program, for a total of more than $2.5 billion in funding requests across 49 states and U.S...

Invention-Con 2021: Capitalizing on Your Intellectual Property

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Are you a young or independent inventor, an entrepreneur, or a small business owner whose success depends on guarding your creative work? Then don’t miss your chance to learn how different types of intellectual property (IP), such as patents, trademarks, and copyrights, are critical to your business strategy. Register today for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) free online Invention...

Department of Commerce’s NTIA Now Accepting Applications for $268 Million Connecting Minority Communities Pilot Program

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The following is a cross-post by the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) The Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) today released a Notice of Funding Opportunity for the Connecting Minority Communities Pilot Program, which will direct $268 million for expanding broadband access and...