Did you miss key news from Commerce this week? Each week, we recap the latest U.S. Department of Commerce highlights spanning a wide range of issues promoting job creation and economic growth, programs, and events in one blog post.
Here are the key moments from Commerce: This Week
Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross
Newspapers across the country continue to spread the word to Americans on the importance of responding to the 2020 Census. On April 7, Secretary Ross thanked publications for publishing his note to the editors. → Shape your future. START HERE. http://2020census.gov.
On April 9, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that the Department’s Economic Development Administration is awarding a $3.5 million grant to the city of Westby, Wisconsin, to make critical infrastructure improvements needed to expand the city’s industrial park and protect businesses from severe weather events.
On April 13, the National Institute of Standards and Technology launched the application process for $50 million in grants to help manufacturers respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“These grants are part of President Trump’s’ whole-of-America effort to combat COVID-19 and help America’s businesses recover,” said Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. “Small- and medium-sized manufacturers are among the leaders of the swift and strong comeback from this unprecedented health challenge, and the Department of Commerce is doing our part to support their efforts.”
Also on April 7, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that they intend to collaborate with a private company led by Victor Vescovo, the first person to reach the deepest point in all five of the world's named oceans, to explore, characterize, and map unknown areas of the deep ocean.
On April 11, the U.S. Census Bureau announced that 70 million households have responded to the 2020 Census. Are you curious about how many people in your community are responding to the 2020 Census? Stay up to date with a map of self-response rates from across the United States.
This week, we recognize National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week! Emergency telecommunicators play a vital role in protecting lives and communities nationwide. Learn how the nation’s public safety broadband network, FirstNet, supports this critical work: https://firstnet.gov/public-safety/firstnet-for/9-1-1-emergency-communi…