Secretary Raimondo Joins Vice President Harris in Addressing Care Economy and Need to Invest in Human Infrastructure
April 19, 2021
Mon, 04/19/2021 - 10:14
Investing in communities and workers
Care Can't Wait Summit Speakers
Earlier this month, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo joined Vice President Kamala Harris, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, and other leaders and stakeholders in addressing the first-ever Care Can’t Wait Summit. The summit convened caregivers, care workers, people with disabilities, older adults, children, parents & grandparents, advocates & policy leaders virtually across the United States to build a stronger, broader base of support for public investment in the care infrastructure as part of the Biden Administration’s American Jobs Plan.
Today there are 53 million unpaid family caregivers in the United States. At the beginning of the pandemic, the childcare sector lost 400,000 jobs and many are still unemployed. American families continue to struggle as women, most notably women of color, have been forced out of the workforce. Through the American Jobs Plan, the Biden Administration is working to provide the critical infrastructure needed to support our Nation’s caregivers so they can earn a living and care for their loved ones.
Secretary Raimondo was among one of the first speakers at the summit and addressed the importance of our Nation’s caregivers to our economic recovery and investing in a strong care infrastructure.
“The pandemic has shown us the importance of care work. Care is infrastructure,” said Secretary Raimondo. “We must create the infrastructure and provide the resources to take care of our caregivers.”
Secretary Raimondo also stressed that the care economy is core to American competitiveness and that it is not only a business issue, but an “everybody issue.” She shared that this issue is near and dear to her heart and that she is thankful she has had support for the past 15 years in raising her children and having a care team today that allows her 90-year old mother to age with dignity.
"There are millions of women, mostly women of color, unbelievably hardworking, working full time in poverty, taking care of our loved ones,” she said. “That's WRONG. It's time to build the infrastructure required so people aren't living in poverty.”
During the summit, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi stressed, “Investing in the care economy is a necessity and it’s a matter of justice.”
Later in the day, Vice President Kamala Harris joined the summit and outlined the Biden Administration’s American Jobs Plan and how it will include the care economy.
“We are expanding the definition of infrastructure, it’s not only about roads and bridges and water and broadband; it’s about care,” said Vice President Harris. “The American Jobs Plan invests $400 billion into our country’s infrastructure, our human infrastructure.”
The American Jobs Plan proposes substantial investments in the infrastructure of our care economy and creating new and better jobs for caregiving workers. Vice President Harris announced that in the coming weeks, the Administration will build on the American Jobs Plan with the American Family Plan.
“We want to create an economy where care is readily available for those who need it,” she said. “We want to ensure caregivers are treated with respect. In supporting this economy, we will create the kind of change that lasts for generations. For caregivers, that means better wages, more protections, and more security. For families that means more accessibility and more affordability.”
The Care Can’t Wait Summit was hosted by Ai-jen Poo, director of Caring Across Generations, a national group advocating for the care of older adults, individuals with disabilities, families and caregivers.
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Secretary Raimondo to Host the 2021 Investment Summit!
April 13, 2021
Tue, 04/13/2021 - 10:32
Export and investment promotion
We are pleased to announce that U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo will host the 2021 SelectUSA Investment Summit happening June 7-11, 2021.
Secretary Raimondo serves as the 40th U.S. Secretary of Commerce, recently sworn in by Vice President Kamala Harris. As Secretary, Gina Raimondo's mission is centered around the development of good-paying jobs, empowerment of entrepreneurial innovation and growth, and helping American workers and businesses compete.
“I am excited to host this year’s SelectUSA Investment Summit,” said Secretary Raimondo. “As the global economy continues to build back from the COVID-19 pandemic, investments here in America will help drive our economic recovery. We have the workforce, the resources, and the ideas to help businesses grow and compete – and I am looking forward to showcasing that alongside our great public and private sector leaders.”
The 2021 Investment Summit will feature programs focused on the U.S. investment environment, industry trends, and new opportunities while concurrently promoting foreign direct investment (FDI) in the United States. Additionally, the 2021 Investment Summit will introduce the Select Global Women in Tech Mentorship and Training Network, a global mentorship network supporting international female tech entrepreneurs interested in expanding their business to the U.S.
SelectUSA is thrilled to host the 8th annual, and first virtual Investment Summit—five days of interactive workshops, speakers, and more. Browse the expanding Agenda and preview the meeting platform Demo Video for a glimpse of the virtual platform.
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SelectUSA Investment Summit
Commerce Secretary Raimondo Hosts Town Hall Meetings with Employees: Stresses Importance of Accessibility, Equality and Transparency
April 8, 2021
Thu, 04/08/2021 - 10:45
Commerce Secretary Raimondo Hosts Virtual Town Hall Meetings with Employees
On March 3, Gina M. Raimondo was sworn in as the 40th U.S. Secretary of Commerce by Vice President Kamala Harris. And, since then, she has hit the ground running by hosting a series of town hall meetings with Commerce Department employees in locations around the world throughout the month of March.
In her role as Secretary of Commerce, Raimondo will lead ten key agencies focused on promoting jobs and economic growth including the International Trade Administration, the Bureau of Industry and Security, U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Economic Development Administration, Minority Business Development Agency, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, Bureau of Economic Analysis, and National Institute of Standards and Technology.
During each town hall meeting, Secretary Raimondo praised the fact Commerce is home some of the brightest minds in the federal government – including some of the best scientists, economists, and experts across every field.
“One of my top priorities as Commerce Secretary is to ensure that I have a strong line of communication with all the bureaus that make up the Department of Commerce. I want to understand what you all are working on and to be accessible and transparent in the decisions we make at the Department level that affect the different parts of Commerce,” she said.
Secretary Raimondo expressed her pride in leading a department that looks like America and her commitment to diversity. She stressed that every employee in the Commerce Department will play a key role in rebuilding the economy and getting Americans back to work.
“This is our opportunity to tackle our most pressing challenges and create a more equitable economy for all Americans. From scientists forecasting the weather and grant administrators supporting communities across the country, to trademark examiners and census takers – we have the tools within the Commerce Department to uplift communities that have been left behind,” she said.
At each town hall meeting, Secretary Raimondo outlined her key priorities to include: Investing in the American workforce; helping small and minority-owned businesses reach their potential; establishing digital equity and broadband access for every American; ensuring American manufactures can compete fairly on the global playing field; and prioritize innovation and technology to bring back jobs to the United States. Prior to each agency town hall meeting, Secretary Raimondo met with bureau leadership on their goals and priorities
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, each town hall was held virtually. Secretary Raimondo expressed optimism that the next round will be held in-person, but stressed safety is her number one priority in returning to the workplace.
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