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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...

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...

Manufacturing Month: Deputy Secretary Don Graves Stresses Administration’s Commitment to Equitable Workforce Training in Ohio: Announces $3.6 Million Grant for Workforce Development Facility in Cleveland

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Emphasizes Importance of Broadband & Racial Equity to Workforce Development In honor of Manufacturing Month, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Don Graves traveled to Cincinnati and Cleveland, Ohio from October 6-8, where he addressed the Administration’s commitment to closing the labor gap and putting Americans back to work in the wake of the pandemic. While there, Deputy Secretary Graves...

Recognizing Hispanic American Heritage Month: Commerce Department Offers Valuable Resources and Services for Hispanic Entrepreneurs and Hispanic -Owned Businesses

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The Hispanic American community is deeply rooted in the history of the United States and are an integral part of the rich fabric of our nation. True to our mission of creating the conditions for economic growth and opportunity—for all Americans—the Commerce Department works every day to support and invest in the Hispanic business community to create jobs and promote economic growth. Over our...

Remarks by U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Don Graves at the National Housing Conference's Tech and Housing Online Symposium

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Hello everyone! Thank you, David, for that introduction and for your remarkable leadership in affordable housing. As we recover from the pandemic, the Biden-Harris Administration is committed to building back a better, more equitable economy where no one is left behind. Toward that aim, we’re committed to closing the digital divide and getting all Americans connected to reliable, high-speed...

Remarks by U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Don Graves at the International Advisory Board Meeting of the British American Business

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Good afternoon! It’s great to be here with all of you. Thank you, President Marrs, for that kind introduction and thank you to British American Business for inviting me to speak today. Following the trade dip during the 2020 lockdown, I’m proud to say that trade between the United States and the UK has rebounded strongly. Just look at the data. Today the United States is the UK’s single largest...

Remarks by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo at the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) 78th Annual Convention

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Hello everyone! Thank you, Aaron, for that kind introduction, and thank you, Fawn, for your remarkable leadership. It’s great to be here with you all at the 78th National Congress of Indian Americans. As we recover from the pandemic, the Biden-Harris Administration is committed to building back a better, more equitable economy where no one is left behind. As part of that agenda, the Department of...

Digital Inclusion Week 2021: Supporting Digital Equity and Digital Empowerment

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In the 21st century economy, broadband access and affordability isn’t a luxury – it’s essential to everyday life. Our economy cannot fully recover unless all Americans can fully participate in our Nation’s digital economy. Affordable broadband internet is necessary for Americans to do their jobs, to participate equally in school learning, health care, and to stay connected. The Biden-Harris...

Secretary Raimondo Outlines Agenda to Increase American Competitiveness

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Thank you, David, for that introduction. It’s an honor to be here with you all today. Over the past six months, I’ve had an opportunity to define how the Commerce Department contributes to President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda. Our strategy is designed to achieve an overarching goal: to improve America’s economic competitiveness so that our workers and our companies succeed in the global...

Recorded Remarks by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration's Spectrum Policy Symposium

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Hello everyone! Welcome to the 2021 NTIA Spectrum Policy Symposium. Thank you, Evelyn, for that kind introduction and for your remarkable leadership. We learned during the pandemic that high-speed internet isn’t a luxury − it’s essential to everyday life, from jobs to healthcare and education. Yet today, 30 million Americans lack reliable or affordable broadband, and over 83 million aren’t fully...