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Remarks by Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo at the White House Commission on Hispanics

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Thank you for that introduction. Welcome, everyone, to the Commerce Department. And thank you all for your willingness to serve on this commission. America’s growing and vibrant Hispanic communities are a driving force in our economy. I saw it firsthand during my time as Governor of Rhode Island, where the Hispanic population grew by nearly 40 percent in the last decade. More than 375,000 of our...

Year in Review: Commerce’s Top Stories of 2023

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As we welcome 2024, we have compiled a list of the top stories which not only generated the most attention in 2023, but also encompassed the Commerce Department’s mission to create conditions for economic growth and opportunity for all Americans. These stories reflect many of Commerce’s top priorities and accomplishments for the year including bringing affordable, reliable high-speed Internet...

Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo Highlights Key 2023 Department Accomplishments

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Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo issued the following statement highlighting key accomplishments at the Department of Commerce during 2023. “It has been an honor to work alongside the dedicated civil servants at the Department of Commerce in pursuit of our mission to improve America’s competitiveness so that our workers and companies can succeed in the global economy. Thanks to...

Commerce Deputy Secretary Don Graves Visits Wisconsin and Stresses Importance of Building an Economy that Works for Everyone

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Last week, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Don Graves traveled to Wisconsin, highlighting the Biden-Harris Administration’s historic place-based programs addressing systemic inequalities. Graves also facilitated discussions with community leaders about the Biden Administration and the Commerce Department’s investments in climate resilience, internet access, and trade. The trip underscored the...

Remarks by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo at the White House Tribal Nations Summit

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It’s an honor to be here for the Biden Administration’s third Tribal Nations Summit. As the Secretary of Commerce, I want to acknowledge that the Commerce Department recognizes tribal sovereignty and the fundamental self-governing right of tribes. And I want to reiterate our entire department’s commitment to working and coordinating with tribal communities to ensure they have the resources they...

Remarks by Deputy Secretary of Commerce Don Graves at the National Muslim American Leaders Convening

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Hello everyone! Thank you all for joining us today at the Department of Commerce’s first-ever National Muslim American Leaders Convening. We are honored to have you here today. I would like to recognize and thank our Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Andres and team are doing invaluable work for the American people. And their work is made even stronger when we ensure that all...

Unlocking the Full Potential of Our Economy by Investing in Women and Girls

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Eleven years ago today, the United States joined nations around the world in establishing the International Day of the Girl to acknowledge the struggles facing young girls and strengthen their commitment to expanding resources and opportunities to help girls and women succeed and thrive. Today, First Lady Jill Biden hosted an event to honor 15 girls in the U.S. who are leading change by tackling...

Deputy Secretary Graves Remembers the Anniversary of Hurricane Maria and Highlights the Biden-Harris Administration's Ongoing Support for Puerto Rico's Reconstruction

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This month marks the somber 6th anniversary of Hurricane Maria’s landfall on Puerto Rico, an unfathomable tragedy that shook the core of the island and left an indelible mark on its people. The scale of the disaster was overwhelming, and its impact will be felt for generations. Lives were lost, houses were flattened, infrastructure crippled, and essential services rendered inaccessible. Through my...

Connecting Neighbors to High-Speed Internet Service in Rural Texas

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By: Kevin Gallagher, Senior Advisor to the Secretary In August, I had the pleasure of visiting Totelcom’s offices and training facilities in De Leon, Texas. Totelcom is a family-owned, rural telecom provider that serves De Leon—with a population of just over 2,000—and the surrounding communities. As we pulled up after the two-hour drive from Dallas, the company’s digital reader board displayed a...

Biden-Harris Administration Announces Nearly $3.5 Million in Internet for All Grants to Tribal Lands

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The Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced it has awarded seven grants totaling nearly $3.5 million to seven Tribal entities as part of the Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program (TBCP). With funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, these new grants bring the total of the program to more than $1.79 billion awarded to 198 Tribal...