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Don Graves Sworn-in As Deputy Secretary of Commerce

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Today, Don Graves was sworn-in as the Deputy Secretary of Commerce by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo following a Senate confirmation vote of 89-7. Graves was sworn-in on a copy of the 13th amendment that was signed by President Abraham Lincoln and more than 150 members of Congress, gifted to his third-great-grandfather by his friend, U.S. Senator Charles Sumner, and passed down...

Secretary Raimondo Names New Members to United States-Brazil CEO Forum

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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo met virtually today with Brazilian Minister of Economy, Paulo Guedes. During the call, Secretary Raimondo informed Minister Guedes of her recent appointment of three new private sector members to the U.S. Section of the U.S.-Brazil CEO Forum. The Secretary and Minister Guedes also discussed their mutual commitment to continue to work through the Forum...

Biden-Harris Administration Approves First Major Offshore Wind Project in U.S. Waters

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Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland and Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo today announced approval of the construction and operation of the Vineyard Wind project — the first large-scale, offshore wind project in the United States. The Secretaries were joined in the announcement by labor leaders who have been working to ensure that the project is built and maintained by union labor. The 800...

Secretary Raimondo Joins New Mexico Gov. Lujan Grisham, Sen. Luján, and Rep. Leger Fernández For Listening Session on Broadband Expansion With Navajo Nation President Nez

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Yesterday, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo participated in a virtual listening session with Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and other Navajo officials on the barriers to reaching one hundred percent broadband access across the Navajo Nation. The conversation was moderated by U.S. Senator Ben Ray Luján, and Raimondo was joined by New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham and Rep...

Biden-Harris Administration Outlines “America the Beautiful” Initiative

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Initial report details vision for 10-year locally led and voluntary nationwide effort to restore and conserve America’s lands, waters, and wildlife Today the Biden-Harris administration outlined a vision for how the United States can work collaboratively to conserve and restore the lands, waters, and wildlife that support and sustain the nation. The recommendations are contained in a report...

Secretaries Raimondo and Walsh Travel to Connecticut to Discuss Importance of Investing in Apprenticeships through the American Jobs Plan

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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo joined U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh on Monday in Connecticut to meet with business and labor leaders and elected officials on the importance of strengthening America’s workforce development infrastructure through investments in the American Jobs Plan. Raimondo and Walsh started the day with a tour of General Dynamics-Electric Boat in Groton...

Statement from U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo on Q1 2021 GDP Advance Estimate

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Today, the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) released the advance estimate for gross domestic product (GDP) for the first quarter of 2021, finding that real gross domestic product increased at a 6.4-percent annual rate. Personal consumption expenditures increased by a robust 10.7-percent annual rate, while business investment in equipment and intellectual property products...

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo Joins Senator Jeanne Shaheen in New Hampshire to Discuss Importance of Rebuilding Travel and Tourism Industry and Strengthening Manufacturing through the American Jobs Plan

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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo joined New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen yesterday in Hampton, New Hampshire to meet with local travel and tourism business leaders on the impact of COVID-19 on their businesses and how the American Rescue Plan (ARP) is helping economic recovery efforts. Following the tourism roundtable, Secretary Raimondo and Senator Shaheen toured AeroDynamics...