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Celebrating National Native American Heritage Month

By Charlie Mark, Intern, Office of Public Affairs In honor of National Native American Heritage Month, I recently attended a presentation by motivational speaker Milton Hunt, a member of the Native American Lumbee Tribe. Hunt first thanked the Department of Commerce for recognizing and celebrating Native Americans. “I thank you so much for celebrating this rich culture,” said Hunt. “I thank you so...

Commerce Supports U.S. Veterans and Military Families

November is National Veterans and Military Families Month. The Department of Commerce recognizes the vital role military families, military spouses, and transitioning veterans play in our society and offers our immense gratitude for their service and the support of their families and loved ones. Earlier this month, at a National Veterans Day Observance at Arlington Cemetery in Virginia, President...

How Commerce Continues to Connect Indian Country

In 2021, during Native American Heritage Month, President Biden signed the historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) which provided over $65 billion to bring affordable, high-speed internet to every American. This funding also added an additional $2 billion to the Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program (TBCP) for broadband deployment on Tribal lands, as well as for telehealth, education...

Creating a Talented Pipeline of Workers through Apprenticeships and Career Pathways Programs

Earlier this week, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo gave virtual remarks at a National Apprenticeship Week event hosted by Metaverse where she underlined the Biden Administration’s commitment to America’s workforce by creating direct pathways to good-paying jobs. “Thanks to President Biden’s Investing in America agenda, the federal government is investing more than a trillion dollars in...

Veterans are Vital to Our Nation’s Success

In honor of Veterans Day, the Department of Commerce hosted an event to honor the more than 5,000 veteran employees, their family members, and those who have sacrificed their lives in the line of duty. The event also showcased the Department’s commitment to recruiting and hiring more veterans to the Commerce workforce. During the event, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo and Deputy Secretary Don...

How Artificial Intelligence Can Improve Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility Efforts

America’s diversity has always been our nation’s greatest strength and we must continue to leverage capabilities from all people. People with disabilities have long strengthened our economy and expanded our Nation’s possibilities. The growing popularity of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is opening new doors that are enhancing the work capabilities and performance for persons with disabilities. In...

Minority Businesses Help Drive America’s Economic Success

Minority entrepreneurs make critical contributions to our economy generating nearly $2 trillion in revenue each year. However, an equity gap remains between minority and non-minority-owned businesses. Last week, Deputy Commerce Secretary Don Graves spoke about the need to close this equity gap at the 40th Annual Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week. Hosted by Commerce’s Minority Business...

National First Responders Day: A Frontline Perspective on Sacrifice

By Renee Gordon, FirstNet Authority Board Vice Chair Being a first responder is not for the faint of heart. Every day, you are put to the test – in mind, body, and spirit. You must be willing to sacrifice everything in service of others. First responders are true heroes. On October 28, we celebrate National First Responders Day and the bravery and dedication of our nation’s heroes. The law of...