• 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
    by KCPullen@doc.gov on October 14, 2021 at 6:18 pm

    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 October 14, 2021 KCPullen@doc.gov Thu, 10/14/2021 - 14:18 Investing in communities and workers Manufacturing Deputy Secretary Graves speaks at the Northeast Ohio Business Development Organization’s NEO Rising event  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 announced a $3.6 million Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant to establish an adult technical training and workforce development facility in Cleveland. This grant reflects the Biden Administration’s commitment to building a skilled workforce that supports our nation’s manufacturing sector.   “President’s Build Back Better agenda is all about investing in our economy and our workforce,” said Deputy Secretary Graves. “This EDA investment to the Workroom Program Alliance and the Cleveland Municipal School District will establish a manufacturing workforce training center that will play a critical role in creating job opportunities and boosting the regional economy.”  Deputy Secretary Graves announces Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant to establish an adult technical training and workforce development facility in Cleveland. Deputy Secretary Graves’ first stop was in Cincinnati, where he toured Nehemiah Manufacturing Company, and touted EDA’s Good Jobs Challenge, which supports individuals with past criminal records, including justice-impacted and reentry participants. The Good Jobs Challenge is part of $3 billion in funding to EDA provided by the American Rescue Act to help Americans get back to work by building and strengthening systems and partnerships that bring together employers who have hiring needs with other key entities to train workers with in-demand skills that lead to good-paying jobs.  “EDA’s number one investment priority is equity, and this program is aimed at supporting those who have been hardest hit by the pandemic – including women and people of color,” said Graves. “As Secretary Raimondo says, if people take the risk of getting trained in a new career, they deserve assurances that it’ll lead to a good job.”   While in Cincinnati, Deputy Secretary Graves also participated in a roundtable discussion with community and industry leaders at Grit Ohio and emphasized the importance of broadband to workforce development and the need for infrastructure funding to connect every American—particularly in rural areas—to reliable high-speed Internet.   “The digital divide is a challenge all around the country, and rural Ohio is no exception,” said Graves.” The bipartisan infrastructure bill will help us bring reliable, high-speed broadband to all Americans. The President has made clear that we will use infrastructure funds to connect every American to reliable high-speed Internet, just as the Federal Government made a historic effort to provide electricity to every American nearly 100 years ago.”   Later that day, Deputy Secretary toured the Workforce Innovation Center and addressed the Good Jobs Challenge and the importance of equality in workforce training and development. The Workforce Innovation Center is a consulting practice that partners with business leaders to advance the adoption of inclusive practices in their workplace that empowers employees, the community, and their businesses to thrive.   Economic Development Administration (EDA) graphic on the Good Jobs Challenge Deputy Secretary Graves also visited the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center (NURFC) to hear about their work on racial equity in the labor force. The NURFC is in downtown Cincinnati and is just a few steps from the banks of the Ohio River, the great natural barrier that separated the slave states of the South from the free states of the North. The Freedom Center is developing programs and exhibits aimed at economic empowerment and inclusion for those who have been historically underrepresented in our capitalistic system; especially people of color and women.    “The work of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center continues to create an inclusive economy for all,” said Graves. “They play a vital role in not only reminding us of our country’s complex history but enabling economic opportunities for underrepresented businesses by disrupting biases and systemic inequities.”   Deputy Secretary Graves a the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio On Thursday, Deputy Secretary Graves made his way to Cleveland, and in addition to announcing the EDA workforce development grant, he toured the Tri-C facilities at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland and participated in a roundtable discussion with local business leaders where he addressed the President’s Build Back Better agenda and the importance of investing in America’s workforce. During his remarks, he reaffirmed the Commerce Department’s commitment to equitable workforce training.  “President’s Build Back Better agenda is all about—investing in our economy and our workforce,” said Graves.” “From millions of working mothers balancing multiple jobs, to young adults looking for work, to laid-off factory workers wondering what comes next − these funds from the American Rescue Act will help provide job training and good-paying jobs for you and your communities.”  Cuyahoga supports workforce development, manufacturing education, and infrastructure workforce training through its programs at the Transportation Innovation Center and the Manufacturing Technology Center for Excellence. Tri-C exemplifies the components of the President’s agenda that focus on increased funding for education, better access to higher education, and reinvigorating the economy through education, jobs, and investing in infrastructure. During President Biden’s visit to Tri-C in May, he emphasized the importance of educational access as a means of helping cities like Cleveland — and the nation as a whole — continue recovering from the economic impact of the pandemic.  “Commerce will play a critical role in helping the President and our country build back better,” he said. Our nation is at an inflection point, which requires bold action. When we do this, we can compete on the global stage and invigorate America’s competitiveness.”  To conclude the day, Deputy Secretary Graves spoke at the Northeast Ohio Business Development Organization’s NEO Rising event where he addressed the role of the Commerce Department in the President’s Build Back Better agenda and the President’s economic development policies. These policies will help create opportunities and a more vibrant economy in the Northeast Ohio Region and across the nation.   “Commerce will play a critical role in helping the President and our country build back better,” he said. “Our nation is at an inflection point, which requires bold action. When we do this, we can compete on the global stage and reinvigorate America’s competitiveness.”   Deputy Secretary Graves speaks at the Northeast Ohio Business Development Organization’s NEO Rising event  October is designated as manufacturing month. Manufacturing is an important sector of the U.S. economy and exports of manufactured goods strengthen the manufacturing base and create better good-paying jobs.  Bureaus and Offices Economic Development Administration Leadership Don Graves Tags Broadband Digital Economy Workforce Development

  • Recognizing Hispanic American Heritage Month: Commerce Department Offers Valuable Resources and Services for Hispanic Entrepreneurs and Hispanic -Owned Businesses
    by KCPullen@doc.gov on October 14, 2021 at 2:46 pm

    Recognizing Hispanic American Heritage Month: Commerce Department Offers Valuable Resources and Services for Hispanic Entrepreneurs and Hispanic -Owned Businesses October 14, 2021 KCPullen@doc.gov Thu, 10/14/2021 - 10:46 Export and investment promotion Intellectual property Investing in communities and workers Minority business growth 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 Nation’s history, the Hispanic American community in general, and the Hispanic American business community in particular, has provided invaluable contributions that have enriched America’s economy and overall society. With the number of Hispanic Americans increasing as a share of the United States’ overall population, we look forward to even more contributions from this vital community.   As of April 1, 2020, the Hispanic share of the U.S. population was 18.7%, making people of Hispanic origin the nation’s second largest racial or ethnic group. Hispanic-owned companies are a quickly growing segment of U.S. businesses. Hispanic-owned employer firms account for over 40% of all minority-owned employer firms in the U.S., contribute $423 billion in U.S. economic output, and produce 2.87 million jobs per year. Many Commerce Department agencies offer a wide range of services to help U.S.-based companies, entrepreneurs, innovators, and minority and women-owned businesses compete and be successful while strengthening the United States’ role as a global leader. Below are a list of services and resources ranging from demographic data, grant opportunities, assistance with exporting as well as valuable resources for Hispanic American innovators, entrepreneurs and minority-owned businesses. The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) is the only federal agency solely dedicated to the growth and global competitiveness of minority business enterprises. Hispanic and other minority-owned firms seeking to penetrate new markets — domestic & global —can access business experts at a MBDA Business Center where they can seek guidance, information on funding and access other resources. The Centers are in areas with the largest concentration of minority populations and the largest number of minority businesses.    The U.S. Census Bureau conducts various economic and business surveys and produces valuable data for the Hispanic community and minority-owned businesses including detailed statistics that are essential to help small businesses succeed and grow. The U.S Census Bureau also offers the Census Business Builder (CBB), a suite of services that provide selected demographic and economic data from the Census Bureau tailored to specific types of users in a simple to access and use format. In particular, they offer the Small Business Edition for small business owners who need key data for their business plan or to better understand their potential market.   The Economic Development Administration (EDA) provides economic development assistance programs to help communities build back better. With $3 billion in funding from the American Rescue Plan, EDA will implement a series of six programs, collectively called Investing in America’s Communities, to equitably invest in and help communities across the country build back better. Through the Indigenous Communities program, EDA is allocating $100 million in American Rescue Plan funding specifically for Indigenous communities, which were disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.   The International Trade Administration (ITA) provides resources and customized services for businesses and minority-owned businesses currently participating in exporting and services to businesses and minority-owned businesses that are new to exporting that include online resources in planning an export strategy, choosing the best markets for your product, and evaluating potential foreign business partners in advance.     The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) offers a hub for resources and information for inventors, entrepreneurs, and small and minority-owned businesses. Through this hub, they offer access to a variety of products and services including how to protect your idea or product, how to search existing patents and trademarks and how to apply for a patent or trademark.   NOAA’s José E. Serrano Educational Partnership Program with Minority Serving Institutions (EPP/MSI) supports the training and graduation of students in NOAA mission disciplines at minority serving institutions. The EPP/MSI Undergraduate Scholarship Program supports students directly through awards to successful applicants who attend MSIs. Cooperative Science Centers funded by the program and led by MSIs support post-secondary students and increase education and research capacity at MSIs in NOAA mission fields. NOAA also provides a small business hub, with the goal of creating an environment for optimal participation by small businesses, small disadvantaged businesses, HUBZone, Veteran Owned SB and SDVOSB, and woman-owned businesses in NOAA contract awards.   The National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (NTIA) is directing $268 million to HBCUs, Hispanic-Serving Institutions and other minority-serving organizations through the Connecting Minority Communities Pilot Program The grants can be used for purchasing broadband internet access service and eligible equipment, or to hire and train information technology personnel.   Commerce Grants and Funding Opportunities: This site offers a one-stop shop to search for all open grant opportunities at all Commerce bureaus. In addition, various Commerce agencies offer grant and Federal contracting opportunities, including resources for contractors through the Office of Small and Disadvantage Business Utilization (OSDBU). Additional government tools and resources for businesses, entrepreneurs and minority and women-owned businesses can also be found at the U.S. Small Business Administration. Bureaus and Offices U.S. Census Bureau Economic Development Administration International Trade Administration Minority Business Development Agency National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Telecommunications and Information Administration Tags Broadband Exports Hispanic Heritage Month

  • Digital Inclusion Week 2021: Supporting Digital Equity and Digital Empowerment
    by KCPullen@doc.gov on October 8, 2021 at 5:31 pm

    Digital Inclusion Week 2021: Supporting Digital Equity and Digital Empowerment October 8, 2021 KCPullen@doc.gov Fri, 10/08/2021 - 13:31 Minority business growth 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 Administration is committed to building back a better, more equitable economy where no one is left behind. And digital inclusion is top of President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda. The recent Bi-Partisan Infrastructure Bill calls for rebuilding our Nation’s broadband infrastructure with a proposed $65 billion investment that will ensure every American has access to reliable high-speed internet. The Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is joining more than 600 organizations this week to celebrate Digital Inclusion Week, an annual event that raises awareness of solutions to address home internet access, personal devices, and local technology training and support programs. This year’s theme, Pathways to Digital Empowerment, inspires and underscores the Biden Administration’s commitment to equality and NTIA’s mission to ensure that every American is connected and using broadband to the fullest extent. Two of NTIA’s current grant programs specifically support digital equity in historically under-represented and marginalized communities in the U.S. The Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program (TBCP) is making $980 million available to eligible Native American, Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian entities for broadband deployment, digital inclusion, workforce development, telehealth, and distance learning. The purpose of the TBCP grant program is to improve quality of life, spur economic development and commercial activity, create opportunities for remote employment and online entrepreneurship, remote learning, and telehealth opportunities in Native American communities. The Connecting Minority Communities Pilot Program (CMC) seeks to build the digital capacity of eligible Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), and other Minority-serving Institutions (MSIs).  The CMC pilot program will provide $268 million in grant funding to enable these institutions further broadband access, adoption, and digital skills for their students and surrounding communities through partnerships with nonprofit organizations and minority business enterprises. NTIA continues to work closely with state, tribal and local governments as well as a variety of other stakeholders to help them collaborate, share information, and establish best practices.  Through the State Broadband Leaders Network (SBLN), NTIA facilitates communities of practitioners that work on increasing broadband access and digital inclusion at the state and local levels. NTIA is also in the process of developing a state digital equity framework in partnership with the National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA) to assist state governments in developing strategic digital equity plans tailored for their state.  NTIA also provides online tools and resources to assist organizations in their in digital inclusion planning including the BroadbandUSA Indicators of Broadband Need Map and NTIA Data Central, with data about broadband adoption, use and computer ownership, and the BroadbandUSA Federal Funding Guide with information about digital inclusion funding opportunities across the federal government. NTIA will continue to work with its federal partners and stakeholders nationwide to promote universal broadband adoption and digital empowerment. Bureaus and Offices National Telecommunications and Information Administration Tags Broadband Digital Economy

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