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Spotlight on Commerce: John C. Fleming, M.D., U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development

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Guest blog post by John C. Fleming, M.D., U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development I am honored to serve the American people in the service of President Donald J. Trump and Secretary Wilbur Ross at the Economic Development Administration (EDA) as we work together to help drive private sector investment to our nation’s most distressed communities. Through the President’s...

Spotlight on Commerce: Crystal Keaton, Administrative Support Specialist, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

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Blog post by Crystal Keaton, Administrative Support Specialist, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) My name is Crystal Keaton, and I am grateful to be able to say that at the age of 38 I’ve had two careers. One in the U.S. Army SSG (Ret). The second is the position that I currently hold with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Center for Neutron Research as...

Spotlight on Commerce: Shawn Cochran Senior Policy Advisor, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)

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Guest blog post by Shawn Cochran Senior Policy Advisor, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) On Veterans Day, we honor the sacrifices and contributions our fellow citizens have made in the name of freedom and democracy for our country. Over the past 30 years, I have had the great pleasure of serving with service members who, without fail, put the needs of their nation...

Spotlight on Commerce: Megan Miller, Plain Language Writer/Editor, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

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Guest blog post by Megan Miller, Plain Language Writer/Editor, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) After earning my engineering degree and serving in the Navy for seven years, the next logical step in my career was to take a position as a writer-editor. Sounds disjointed? It's a more natural progression than you might think. Growing up, I loved math and science. Math homework was my favorite!...

The Commerce Department Celebrates National Entrepreneurship Month

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Presidential Proclamation on National Entrepreneurship Month, 2019 Throughout our American story, the trailblazers who have been willing to take great risks and chart new frontiers have changed the landscape of business, science, and technology, often setting the global pace for productivity and prosperity. Their relentless pursuit of success has launched new industries, created millions of jobs,...

U.S. Census Bureau Highlights Key Statistics for Halloween

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The following is a cross-post from the U.S. Census Bureau's Facts for Features Dating back 2,000 years to the Celtic festival of Samhain, Halloween is an ancient tradition associated with images of witches, ghosts and vampires. Today, Halloween has evolved into a celebration characterized by child-friendly activities like trick-or-treating, carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns, and dressing in...

Social Media Cybersecurity

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Now more than ever, consumers spend increasing amounts of time on the Internet. With every social media account you sign up for, every picture you post, and status you update, you are sharing information about yourself with the world. How can you be proactive to stay safe online and, “Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT.”? #BeCyberSmart and take these simple steps to connect with confidence and safely...

Gross Domestic Product by Industry: Second Quarter 2019

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Professional, scientific, and technical services; real estate and rental and leasing; and mining were the leading contributors to the increase in U.S. economic growth in the second quarter of 2019. The private goods‐ and services‐producing industries, as well as the government sector, contributed to the increase. Overall, 14 of 22 industry groups contributed to the 2.0 percent increase in real GDP...