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Remarks by U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Don Graves at the Coast Guard Ketchikan Recertification Ceremony in Ketchikan, Alaska

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Good afternoon, everyone! And congratulations, Ketchikan, on being re-certified as an official Coast Guard City! Thank you, Senator Sullivan, and Mayors Sivertsen and Dial, for welcoming me to your beautiful state and city. Before we start, I would like to use the opportunity to thank the Coast Guard and NOAA for all you do year-round, and especially now to protect our communities from the impact...

Remarks by U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Don Graves at the NOAA Ketchikan Port Facility Groundbreaking Ceremony in Ketchikan, Alaska

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Good morning, everyone! Thank you, Admiral Hann, for the kind introduction. Before we start, I would like to use the opportunity to thank NOAA and the Coast Guard for all you do year-round, and especially now to protect our communities from the impact of extreme weather events. Our thoughts now are with everyone in Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi, who are in Hurricane Ida’s path. I would also...

Remarks by U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Don Graves at the Economic Development Administration's (EDA) Indigenous Communities Webinar

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Good afternoon, everyone! And thank you for participating in today’s webinar. While today’s event is virtual, I hope that we can host future events like this one in person. It is my absolute privilege to serve as Deputy Secretary of Commerce and to be part of the Biden-Harris Administration that is not only committed to building back better, but to doing so in a more equitable way. In the last...

Remarks by U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Don Graves at the MBDA InVision Tour: Tech Transfer & Small Business Innovation Research

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Thank you, Edith, for the kind introduction. Thank you to the Minority Business Development Agency, or MBDA, for organizing the InVision Tour, and thank you to our event partners at the Federal Laboratory and the Small Business Administration. It is my absolute honor and privilege to serve as Deputy Secretary of Commerce and to be part of the Biden-Harris Administration, which is not only...

Remarks by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo at White House Announcement of $3 Billion EDA Investment in America's Communities

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Thank you, Jen. And good afternoon, everyone. As President Biden often says, we are on the road to recovery. And today marks a real step forward in that recovery. The President signed the American Rescue Plan into law to get our country back on its feet. Thanks to that law, I’m thrilled to announce the launch of a transformative $3 billion economic development initiative today. And I‘m even more...

Remarks by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo at the National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals (NIIMBL) National Meeting

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The following remarks were pre-recorded. Hello everybody! It’s great to be here with you at the annual meeting of the National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals. Thank you, Dr. Lee, for that kind introduction. And thank you Senator Coons, Dr. Buckland, Dr. Woodcock and Dr. Marks for your leadership. Today, I’m excited to announce two new federal awards to NIIMBL that...

Remarks by U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Don Graves at NTIA's Tribal Broadband Program Webinar (Pre-Recorded)

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Thank you, Margaret, for that kind introduction and for your leadership. The COVID-19 pandemic exposed how wide the digital divide truly is for America’s indigenous communities when it comes to broadband access. In the 21st century economy, broadband access and affordability isn’t a luxury – it’s essential to everyday life. Yet, too often tribal lands lack basic cell service. And only half of your...

Remarks by Secretary Gina M. Raimondo at the NTIA Tribal Broadband Grant Announcement

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Thank you, Vice President Harris, for that introduction and for your amazing leadership on this important issue. And thank you President Holsey and Secretary Haaland for your leadership as well. When COVID-19 lockdowns began, schools across America quickly switched to online education. But last month I met with leaders from the Navajo Nation and learned that many of their children couldn’t attend...