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
“President Trump is working every day to empower our nation’s entrepreneurs so they can grow, thrive, and create new businesses,” said Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. “This project will allow the North Dakota State University (NDSU) Research & Technology Park to provide the space needed for new business ventures to diversify and grow the economy in the Lake Agassiz region, which was severely impacted by flooding in the spring of 2019.” ⇒ Read the full Economic Development Administration release
Around the Bureaus
On March 17, the Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account released by the U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Economic Analysis showed that arts and cultural economic activity, adjusted for inflation, increased 3.6 percent in 2017.
Also, on March 17, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office for Coastal Management announced more than $43 million in grants to improve the resilience of local communities and wildlife habitat in the face of increasingly severe and frequent natural disasters.
The U.S. Department of Commerce and Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) announced an exciting new collaboration with Amazon Business, The Minority Business and Technology Initiative. The initiative will help thousands of minority entrepreneurs expand their businesses globally and increase sales exponentially through e-commerce technology.
Preventing Eavesdropping and Protecting Privacy on Virtual Meetings
A new blog post from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) shared several options for holding a secure virtual meeting.
U.S. Spring Outlook Forecast
“NOAA stands ready to provide timely and accurate forecasts and warnings throughout the spring,” said Neil Jacobs, Ph.D., acting NOAA administrator. “The dedicated employees of the National Weather Service continue to apply their skills and the latest technology to monitor additional rainfall, rising river levels, and the threat of severe weather to keep the public ahead of any weather hazard.” ⇒ Read the full release
Response Rate Map Shows Latest Data for Every Community Across U.S. Now Available Online
On March 21, the U.S. Census Bureau released the initial response rates for every state, county and city across the nation – 16.7% of households have responded to the 2020 Census since invitations began arriving in mailboxes on March 12. ⇒ 2020 Census Response Rate Map