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Foreign Direct Investment in the U.S. Rises in 2018

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On July 2, the Commerce Department's Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) released updated annual statistics on the amount and characteristics of new investments in the United States by foreign investors. Expenditures by foreign direct investors to acquire, establish, or expand U.S. businesses totaled $296.4 billion in 2018, up 8.7 percent from $272.8 billion in 2017. Additional highlights of the...

Spotlight on Commerce: Wyatt Vreeland, Research Chemical Engineer, Material Measurement Laboratory, National Institute of Standards and Technology

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Ed. note: This post is part of the Spotlight on Commerce series highlighting the contributions of Department of Commerce employees during LGBT Pride Month. Guest blog post by Wyatt Vreeland, Research Chemical Engineer, Material Measurement Laboratory, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) I was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in the mid-70’s into a blue-collar working-class family. My...

Deputy Secretary Karen Dunn Kelley Launches New Administration Strategy to Increase Trade and Investment in Africa

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The following is a cross-post from the International Trade Administration From June 18 – June 21, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Karen Dunn Kelley led a U.S. Government delegation to Maputo, Mozambique to participate in the Corporate Council on Africa's U.S.-Africa Business Summit. In Deputy Secretary Kelley’s keynote remarks , she unveiled additional details about the Trump Administration’s...

COSMIC-2 Soars Into Orbit Aboard SpaceX Falcon Heavy Rocket

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The following is a cross-post from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration COSMIC-2, a mission of six satellites designed to improve weather forecasts and space weather monitoring, blasted into orbit at 2:30 a.m. ET today, June 25, from Cape Canaveral, Florida, aboard a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket. “The COSMIC satellites launched today will play a critical role for forecasters and...

The Fourth of July: 2019

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On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence, setting the 13 colonies on the road to freedom as a sovereign nation. This most American of holidays will be marked with typical festivities ranging from fireworks, parades and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues across the country. As we celebrate this Independence Day, we reflect on how our...

Business Potential Met Business Opportunity at the 2019 SelectUSA Investment Summit

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The following is a cross-post from Tradeology, the official blog of the International Trade Administration Blog post by Brian Lenihan, Executive Director, SelectUSA The 2019 SelectUSA Investment Summit is over, but its impact is just beginning. Last week, thousands of people from all over the world converged on the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C. to turn business potential into business...

Federal Data Strategy Releases Draft Year-1 Action Plan

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From the sensor data generated at NOAA’s observation stations to the population data collected by the Census Bureau to the economic data produced by the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the Department of Commerce produces a wealth of information about the American people, the American economy, and our daily lives. And our Department is not alone. All across government, Federal agencies collect and...

NOAA Upgrades the U.S. Global Weather Forecast Model

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Improved model will boost weather forecasts across the U.S. NOAA’s flagship weather model — the Global Forecast System (GFS) — is undergoing a significant upgrade today to include a new dynamical core called the Finite-Volume Cubed-Sphere (FV3). This upgrade will drive global numerical weather prediction into the future with improved forecasts of severe weather, winter storms, and tropical cyclone...