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Workforce Development

Making investments in our workforce and building out critical business infrastructure are key elements of any strategy to ensure our nation's future economic growth. And when these investments are matched locally and amplify existing local and regional technological assets and expertise, they are doubly effective.

Learn more about how the Department of Commerce is prioritizing workforce development, addressing employers’ need for talent, and connecting Americans to high-quality jobs.


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