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Mar032016

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The U.S. Department of Commerce created and unveiled a natural capital website to provide resources and information to businesses seeking to incorporate natural capital into their planning and operations. Natural capital refers to the Earth’s stock of natural resources – air, water, soil, and living resources – that provide a range of goods and services on which the global economy depends.

Mar012016

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Since the U.S. Census Bureau launched its open API (application programming interface) in 2012, we have listened to developer feedback and continued to make improvements to the tool. Our latest update, the City Software Development Kit, is expanding as this tool continues to help developers use the data available in the API to create even more powerful apps for the public.

Feb292016

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The U.S. Commerce Department is responsible for producing troves of data – including weather data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), patent applications from the Patent and Trademark Office, demographic information from the Census Bureau, economic data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis and export data from the International Trade Administration.

Feb292016

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The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) supports the Obama administration’s Smart City Initiative by helping ensure that innovators have the resources they need to bring inventive concepts to life. The Midwest Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is leading the way to use science and technology to accelerate economic growth in Detroit and the Midwest region.

Feb292016

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Earlier this month, the Bureau of Industry and Security’s (BIS) Assistant Secretary Kevin J. Wolf represented the Commerce Department at a House Small Business Committee hearing. Assistant Secretary Wolf testified on the benefits of the Administration’s Export Control Reform Initiative, a comprehensive update of the export control system, to America’s small businesses.

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