Workforce development

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

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Opening remarks by Commerce Secretary Wilbur L. Ross at the 7th American Workforce Policy Advisory Board Meeting with Ivanka Trump

Thank you, Ivanka. And thank you , for your vision in organizing the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board and for guiding our work over the past 18 months. This board’s focus and action makes it truly unique among federal advisory councils. To our Board Members here in the Indian Treaty Room and on videoconference, thanks you for your continued civic commitment, and rapid, responsive...

Remarks by Commerce Secretary Wilbur L. Ross at the 5th American Workforce Policy Advisory Board Meeting

Thank you, Ivanka, for your dedication to America’s workers and for shepherding this initiative over the past year. And thank you for leading this timely and important call. We greatly appreciate the Board members’ desire to contribute immediately to the nation’s economic recovery policy discussions and not wait until our next scheduled meeting for late June. We also thank the Board Members who...

Op-Ed: Has Robust Economy Benefited Working Ohioans?

Blue collar workers are rising. After decades of their being left behind, President Donald Trump has helped grow a full-blown blue-collar boom that can be felt on manufacturing floors in Ohio, at steel production facilities in Pennsylvania and construction sites in Wisconsin. Instead of dismissing America’s blue-collar workers, as politicians had done for decades, the Trump administration has...

4th American Workforce Policy Advisory Board Meeting


Last week, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross joined Advisor to the President IvankaTrump in hosting the 4th meeting of the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board at the Indiana Women's Prison to highlight a workforce development program called “The Last Mile,” which teaches inmates coding skills.

“This is a very important initiative, not only from a workforce development point of view but

Remarks by Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross at the 4th Meeting of the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board at the Indiana Women's Prison

As we learned this morning, re-entry programs like The Last Mile should be replicated in every state in the country, particularly since there are 7 million jobs that remain vacant and need to be filled. Yet, even more important, is the need to create fulfilling career paths for the 2.3 million people locked up in state, local, and federal prisons and jails. Second-chance reentry and employment...

Op-Ed by Commerce Secretary Wilbur L. Ross: U.S. Has Much to Learn from Indiana’s Workforce Programs

This week, the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board is holding its quarterly meeting in Indianapolis, thanks to a kind invitation from Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb, a champion of Indiana’s workers and an important member of the Workforce Advisory Board. On Wednesday, the Advisory Board toured the Indianapolis Speedway to witness firsthand the ongoing importance of the Indy Car Series to the...

Joint Communique from the U.S.-Brazil CEO Forum

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The 10th meeting of the U.S.-Brazil CEO Forum was held today in Washington, D.C., with CEO members providing joint recommendations to both governments on how to strengthen the U.S.-Brazil commercial relationship and grow bilateral trade and investment. The U.S.-Brazil CEO Forum is currently comprised of 20 CEOs of companies based in the United States and Brazil and is co-chaired on the government...

Remarks by Commerce Secretary Wilbur L. Ross at the 3rd American Workforce Policy Advisory Board at the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington, D.C.

Thank you, Ivanka, for that kind introduction. I hope that everyone got a good night’s rest after our memorable evening in Camp David.I hope you also indulged yourselves at the gift shop. Every little bit of sales helps the economy. I am wearing my Camp David cuff links from a prior visit. Thank you, Jim, for hosting us today and showcasing this fine facility. It is great to be with such fine...

Op-Ed by Commerce Secretary Wilbur L. Ross: American Workers are Winning

There is a significant body of evidence showing that the U.S. economy is strong. The U.S. economy has added millions of jobs, and even long-neglected sectors like manufacturing are having a resurgence. Among the continuous good economic news, wage growth for America’s workers has taken center stage. For the first time since 2009, year over year nominal hourly wage growth met or surpassed 3 percent...

Remarks by Deputy Secretary of Commerce Karen Dunn Kelley at the Sixth Annual Signing Day Charleston Regional Youth Apprenticeships at Trident Technical College

Introduced by Pamela Evette, Lt. Governor of South Carolina Thank you, Lt. Governor Evette, for that kind introduction. And thank you, Dr. Thornley, for your invitation to this momentous event. I am humbled and honored to be here today with YOU, the 6th class of apprentice signees: to celebrate you, to honor your accomplishments, and to applaud your decision to embark on an apprenticeship. Your...