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3D Printing – A New Industry Made in America

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Increasingly, we’re seeing the products of additive manufacturing – better known as 3D printing – all around us: in retail stores, in classrooms, and even in medical technologies. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) received over 8,000 patent applications last year alone in the field of additive material technologies. These represent a range of products – from household items to...

BEA Releases New Statistics on Foreign Direct Investments Made in the U.S.

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The Bureau of Economic Analysis today released statistics detailing the amount and type of new direct investments made in the United States by foreign investors in 2016, 2015 and 2014. The data released today includes information on investments broken out by industry, state and type of investment made – creating a new U.S. business or acquiring or expanding an existing one. Business people,...

U.S. Exporters Poised to Capitalize on Global Demand for Smart Grid Products and Services

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The following is a cross-post from Tradeology , the official blog of the International Trade Administration By Vickie Gunderson, Smart Grid Analyst The average number of internet-connected devices per household is expected to increase five-fold by 2022, leading to potentially over 50 billion connected devices by 2025. As more devices are connected to the internet – in our homes, offices, and...

U.S. Census Bureau Releases Key Statistics for the Fourth of July, 2017

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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...

Commerce Recognizes LGBT Pride Month

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On Monday, June 19, 2017, the Department of Commerce's Office of Civil Rights, in partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, recognized the 2017 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month – a month-long observance of the LGBT community and the community’s impact on our Nation...

NOAA Data Helps Retail and Manufacturing Business Minimize Impacts from Weather and Climate

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The following is a cross-post from NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information From making sure warm winter coats are in stock at just the right time to accurately evaluating the underlying causes of fluctuations in the U.S. economy, NCEI’s environmental data provide critical information for retailers, manufacturers, and the companies that invest in them. As industries that are highly...

NIST Awards $38.5 Million to Accelerate Public Safety Communications Technologies

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The following is a cross-post from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has awarded $38.5 million to 33 research and development (R&D) projects aimed at advancing broadband communications technologies for first responders. “Through programs like FirstNet , President Trump and this...

Foreign Direct Investment: Driving Global Competitiveness and Innovation

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The following is a cross-post from the U.S. Economic and Development Administration Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) plays an important role in the U.S. economy. It leads to the creation of jobs, an increase in wealth and living standards, and overall growth and innovation that drive the U.S. economic competitiveness. Later this month, the Commerce Department will host the 2017 SelectUSA Investment...