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
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross
On March 3, Secretary Ross issued a statement on the United Nations “blacklist” of companies, including several U.S. companies, that do business in Israel-controlled territories.
In a March 4 statement, Secretary Ross praised the election of Daren Tang as the WIPO Director General.
“The election of Daren Tang as Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization is good news for the global economy. Mr. Tang understands the importance of intellectual property rights to inventors, artists, entrepreneurs, companies, and all those whose livelihoods depend on their creative genius. Much of today’s economic growth is due to the application of new inventions, technologies, and cultural creations that are protected by patents, trademarks, and copyrights.” Read the full statement
On March 4, Census Bureau Director Dr. Steven Dillingham visited Penn State University to discuss 2020 Census recruiting, student enumeration, and related activities.
On March 4, Acting Under Secretary for International Trade Joseph Semsar co-hosted a roundtable discussion focused on the opportunities ahead in the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, critical minerals, 5G, and further collaboration on trade and investment.
On March 6, the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis announced that the goods and services deficit was $45.3 billion in January, down $3.3 billion from $48.6 billion in December, revised.
The BroadbandUSA website lists broadband programs in each state and territory. While most programs focus on broadband infrastructure, some address digital inclusion, equity, and workforce skills.
On March 8, we celebrated International Women's Day. The United States committed to empowering all women across the Nation and around the world to continue pursuing their dreams and lifting humanity to new heights.
2020 Census Invitations Arrive March 12-20
Ninety-five percent or about 143 million households in the country will receive an initial invitation to respond to the 2020 Census in their mailboxes between March 12 and 20. Households are encouraged to respond when they receive their invitation. Learn more about the 2020 Census