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ADVISORY: Department of Commerce, Ford Foundation to Host Interagency Convening on Equitable Economic Growth

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On November 9th, 2021, the Department of Commerce, in collaboration with the Ford Foundation; the U.S. Impact Investing Alliance; B Lab; Families and Workers Fund; and Ariel Investments, will host the Biden-Harris administration’s first-ever Interagency Convening on Equitable Economic Growth, bringing together key voices from the government, business, investor, philanthropic and the advocacy...

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo to Chair Council for Inclusive Innovation (CI2)

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In a letter to Council members this week, United States Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo announced her new role as Chair of the re-branded Council for Inclusive Innovation (CI2). With representatives from industry, academia, non-profit, and government, CI2 will assist the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in developing a comprehensive national strategy to build a more diverse...

Secretary Raimondo Statement on Extension of Conditional Sailing Order for Cruises

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Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo issued the following statement in response to new guidance from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the extension of the Conditional Sail Order (CSO) governing cruise travel that will now expire on January 15, 2022. “After a year and a half of close collaboration between cruise line partners and the federal government, this major...

Secretary Raimondo Appoints 11 Leaders to FirstNet Board, Names New Board Chair

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Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo announced the appointment of 11 leaders in public safety, technology and finance to serve on the Board of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority). Secretary Raimondo also named Stephen Benjamin, Mayor of Columbia, South Carolina, as the FirstNet Authority’s new Board Chair. The appointed members, along with current Board member...

Secretary Raimondo Statement on Release of International Travel Rules

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Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo issued the following statement upon release of new guidance reopening borders for fully-vaccinated international air travelers and land travelers from Mexico and Canada beginning November 8. “The United States is open for business with all the promise and potential America has to offer. We now invite the global community to visit, whether to visit...

Secretary Raimondo Applauds White House Release of National Strategy Gender Equity, Reaffirms Commerce Department’s Commitment to Promoting Gender Equity

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Today, President Biden released the first-ever U.S. National Strategy on Gender Equity and Equality, produced by the White House Gender Policy Council. It offers a roadmap to achieve the vision of a country and a world where every person has equal access to opportunities; where the safety and security of people of every gender is guaranteed; and where everyone is treated fairly at home and in...

Readout of Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo Meeting with Giancarlo Giorgetti, Minister of Economic Development of the Italian Republic

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Today, Secretary Gina Raimondo met with Italy’s Minister of Economic Development, Giancarlo Giorgetti, to discuss the U.S.-Italy commercial relationship. The Secretary expressed her interest in closely coordinating with Italy and using the shared commitments outlined in Trade and Technology Council joint statement as a framework to achieve concrete outcomes for U.S. and Italian businesses and...

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo Announces First Awards Distributed Under Economic Development Administration’s American Rescue Plan Programs

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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo is pleased to announce that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) has begun awarding its historic $3 billion in American Rescue Plan funds to assist communities nationwide in their efforts to build back better by accelerating the economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and building local economies that will be resilient to...