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The Last Drone Standing: First Responder UAS Endurance Challenge

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Picture this: A person is lost in the desert. Local first responders initiate a search and rescue operation. As they conduct the search, they’re faced with a problem: loss of broadband signal. This isn’t a made-up scenario. First responders often work in conditions where communication networks are weak or not available. One possible solution is to use drones to deploy broadband networks, making...

Commerce Secretary Raimondo Stresses America’s Road to Recovery Runs Through Nation’s Minority Business Community at Annual MED Week Conference

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On Monday, September 20, 2021, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo opened the Minority Business Development Agency’s (MBDA) annual National Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week conference. In her remarks, she stressed that minority business enterprises (MBE’s) are the engine of the American economy and that America’s Road to recovery runs through the Nation’s minority business community. This...

Deputy Secretary Graves Underscores Importance of Public, Private Sectors in Combating Climate Change During Trip to Poland

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Between September 20-24, Deputy Secretary Don Graves joined Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm for the re-launch of the Partnership for Transatlantic Energy and Climate Cooperation (P-TECC) Ministerial and Business Forum, an international platform that provides policymakers and civil society stakeholders across 22 European countries with resources and tools to build secure, resilient, climate...

Celebrating the Culture and Contributions of Hispanic Americans

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The following is a cross-post from the U.S. Census Bureau Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the culture and contributions of Americans tracing their roots to Spain, Mexico, Central America, South America and the Spanish-speaking nations of the Caribbean. The observance was born in 1968 when Congress authorized the president to issue an annual proclamation designating National Hispanic Heritage...

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo and Congressman Josh Gottheimer Visit North Jersey Small Business, Push for Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill

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The following is a cross-post from U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) Today, September 20, 2021, U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) welcomed U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo to New Jersey’s Fifth District, where they visited small businesses in Glen Rock and highlighted how the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill will benefit small businesses, families, and create jobs across North...

Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo Addresses Importance of Building a Shared Digital Future at Tallinn Digital Summit

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Last week, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo participated in the Tallinn Digital Summit and addressed the importance of building a shared digital future by establishing a framework for trusted connectivity. Secretary Raimondo is the first senior official from the Biden Administration to visit Estonia and the first Cabinet-level official to visit since 2019. Secretary Raimondo also held...

Deputy Secretary Don Graves Addresses Biden Administration’s Commitment to Economic Recovery and Expanding Broadband Access on Trip to Alaska and Washington

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Joined NOAA’s Project to Revitalize “Salmon Capital of the World,” Urged Businesses to Get Their Employees Vaccinated and Stressed Need for Universal Broadband U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Don Graves traveled to Ketchikan and Juneau, Alaska, where he met with businesses and representatives from the local travel and tourism industry and outlined the Biden-Harris Administration’s efforts to...

Honoring First Responders on the 20th Anniversary of 9/11

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Guest blog post by Edward Parkinson, CEO First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority) Soon after the planes hit the World Trade Center towers on September 11, 2001, Brad Morrell deployed from Utah to New York City as part of an urban search and rescue team. Aboard the military airlift transporting rescuers, Brad remembers seeing otherwise empty skies except for the fighter jets escorting...