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Secretary Raimondo Celebrates LGBTQI+ Pride

Today I had the opportunity to join our colleagues in raising the Pride flag as we celebrate the official start of Pride month. Pride Month is an opportunity to reflect on the incredible strength, perseverance, and progress of the LGBTQI+ community. It’s also our chance to honor the struggles of those who worked for decades to pave the way for the generations that followed them – brave individuals...

AA and NHPI: Communities Made Visible Together

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce, is crucial in serving and safeguarding communities across the United States, particularly in Hawaii and American Samoa. The employees at NOAA are committed to preserving and protecting our marine resources in a region that reflects the diverse cultures of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and...

AA and NHPI Heritage Month: Advancing the White House Initiative on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (WHIAANHPI)

Profile on Becky Cruz Lizama, Senior Tribal Liaison, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Since day one, in partnership with the Biden-Harris Administration, U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo and Deputy Commerce Secretary Don Graves have made equity core to the work of Commerce. In May 2021, President Biden signed Executive Order 14031 establishing the White House Initiative...

Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo Kicks Off First Meeting Of The U.S.-EU TTC Talent For Growth Task Force

Today, Secretary Gina Raimondo, European Commission (EC) Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, and EC Commissioner Nicolas Schmit launched the first meeting of the U.S.-EU Trade and Technology Council (TTC) Talent for Growth Task Force, comprised of government and private sector leaders focused on ensuring millions of workers in both the U.S. and Europe are equipped with the training and...

Commerce's Minority Business Development Agency to Host 2023 National AANHPI Business Summit

400+ entrepreneurs and small business owners will gather to understand opportunities within the CHIPs and Science Act, staying competitive in a digital world, and accessing capital The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) is celebrating Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month by hosting the National AANHPI Business Summit...

Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo Emphasizes Importance of More Women in Tech at the 2023 Select USA Summit

Earlier this week, as part of the 2023 SelectUSA Summit, U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo hosted a discussion on the importance of getting more women involved in the tech sector. One of Secretary Raimondo’s top priorities at the Commerce Department remains uplifting women in the workforce, ensuring equal pay, and providing women with the resources needed to compete and be successful....

U.S. Census Bureau Releases Key Stats in Honor of 2023 Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

In 1992, Congress established May as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month to coincide with two key milestones: the arrival of the nation’s first Japanese immigrants (May 7, 1843) and Chinese workers’ pivotal role in building the transcontinental railroad (completed May 10, 1869). The move expanded what had been Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week since 1978. In 2021, a presidential...