• Department of Commerce Holds its First Equity Town Hall
    by KCPullen@doc.gov on January 14, 2022 at 11:36 pm

    Department of Commerce Holds its First Equity Town Hall January 14, 2022 KCPullen@doc.gov Fri, 01/14/2022 - 18:36 Investing in communities and workers Today, Secretary Gina Raimondo and Deputy Secretary Don Graves, along with Diane Farrell, Acting Deputy Under Secretary of the International Trade Administration (ITA), held the Department’s first Equity Town Hall. As a top priority of the Biden-Harris Administration since Day One, Equity encompasses everything we do at the Commerce Department.   “America’s diversity is a competitive advantage – but only if we give everyone an opportunity to fulfill their potential and fully participate. That means women, people of color, and people who live in rural areas, on tribal lands, and in underserved communities,” said Secretary Raimondo.   Secretary Raimondo discussed the Department’s strategic plan for the next four years and how equity will be at the heart of our priorities.   Those priorities include using new and existing programs to drive equitable, place-based growth through the Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) Build Back Better Regional Challenge and transform communities throughout the country. Making employer-driven investments in our workforce through the Good Jobs Challenge so that all Americans have a path into a high-quality career.   The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), now a permanent bureau thanks to the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, will foster the growth of women- and minority-owned businesses and support small business owners in underserved communities. NTIA will help close the digital divide by deploying nearly $50 billion to universal, high-speed broadband so that everyone can participate in the modern economy.   NIST will help businesses create more diverse, equitable, inclusive, and accessible environments for all workers. NOAA will incorporate takeaways to improve their climate services in those communities following a series of Climate and Equity roundtables with underserved communities. And the Census Bureau, EDA, ITA, and USPTO are working tirelessly to advance their equity initiatives.   Prioritizing equity will also include institutionalizing diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in the federal workforce. Combatting discrimination by race, ethnicity, gender identity, and sexual orientation. And advancing equity through minority-serving institutions.   Deputy Secretary Graves also emphasized the Department’s commitment to helping build an economic system that works for all.    “We recognize that we have fallen short and have embraced the opportunity to build a more equitable Department. In September, we established a department-level Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility Council that will drive our efforts to embed equity in our internal culture and across the programs we administer,” said Deputy Secretary Graves.  Leadership Don Graves Gina M. Raimondo Tags Broadband Workforce Development

  • New Commerce Initiatives for a Climate Ready Nation
    by KCPullen@doc.gov on January 12, 2022 at 6:35 pm

    New Commerce Initiatives for a Climate Ready Nation January 12, 2022 KCPullen@doc.gov Wed, 01/12/2022 - 13:35 Environmental data Here at the Department of Commerce, we know that fighting climate change isn’t just good for the environment; it’s good for the economy. Under the Biden-Harris Administration, the Commerce Department is leveraging every tool we have to create economic opportunity in the clean energy economy. Alongside six other agencies, we are announcing clean energy projects that demonstrate the Administration’s commitment to a climate-ready nation. Today, the Commerce Department’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Interior Department's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced an interagency agreement to collaboratively advance offshore wind energy while protecting biodiversity and promoting cooperative ocean use. This partnership underscores NOAA and BOEM’s commitment to leverage their resources and expertise to responsibly deploy 30 gigawatts (GW) by 2030 in a way that protects environmental quality, creates jobs, and advances environmental justice. Additionally, Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) recently announced the finalists for Phase 1 of the Build Back Better Regional Challenge, which uses American Rescue Plan funds to support regional industry clusters that will promote equitable economic growth and workforce development. The finalists include 14 regional coalitions focused on clean energy and other climate-related industries, which will receive a combined $7 million in planning grants and compete to win awards of $25 million to $100 million for implementation. Among these finalists are projects to reuse abandoned mine lands for solar, wind, and geothermal energy generation; utilize offshore wind as a power source for hydrogen production in industrial areas; and support clean energy job training, entrepreneurship, and innovation in areas historically dependent on fossil fuel economies. Under President Biden’s leadership, we will continue to coordinate with our federal and business partners in supporting clean energy and creating good-paying jobs along the way. See the full set of announcements from the White House in this Fact Sheet. Bureaus and Offices National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Tags Clean Energy Climate Change

  • Year in Review: Commerce's Top 21 Stories of 2021
    by KCPullen@doc.gov on January 11, 2022 at 4:32 pm

    Year in Review: Commerce's Top 21 Stories of 2021 January 11, 2022 KCPullen@doc.gov Tue, 01/11/2022 - 11:32 Export and investment promotion Infrastructure Investing in communities and workers Manufacturing Minority business growth As we welcome 2022, we reflect on some of the most popular stories and issues from the past year. Last year, the 40th Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo outlined 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 economy," said Secretary Raimondo at the Economic Club of Washington, D.C. Secretary Raimondo emphasized the importance of prioritizing investments in our people, our infrastructure, our technology, and our supply chains. The Department of Commerce continues to work every day to promote job creation and economic growth by ensuring fair and secure trade, providing the data necessary to support commerce, and fostering innovation by setting standards and conducting foundational research and development. In honor of the Year 2021, we have compiled a list of the top 21 blogs which generated the most attention and encompassed our mission to create conditions for economic growth and opportunity for all Americans: U.S. Census Bureau Releases Key Statistics on Nation’s African American Population in Honor of Black History Month U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo Joins President Biden at U.S.-EU Summit and Advances Tech and Trade Issues with European Union and Private Sector Leaders Celebrate the Power of Travel during National Travel and Tourism Week 2021 Happy Earth Day – 2021 Commerce Department Earth Day Photo Challenge  Twenty-Five Years Later: Commerce Continues to Honor the Lives of Secretary Brown and Eleven Commerce Employees Swearing-In and Message from the 40th Secretary of Commerce, Gina Raimondo U.S. Census Bureau to Release First Look at Nation's Demographic Characteristics from 2020 Census 2020 Census Statistics Highlight Local Population Changes and Nation’s Racial and Ethnic Diversity Women-Owned Business Ownership in America on the Rise  NOAA Finalizes Strategy to Enhance Growth of American Blue Economy  Learn More and Apply Now: Communities Across Nation Can Apply for $3   Billion in Funding from President’s American Rescue Plan  Showcasing Women in STEM at Commerce’s NIST Deputy Secretary Don Graves: Juneteenth: My Story and Black America’s Ongoing Pursuit Toward Progress  20 Years Later: NIST’s World Trade Center Investigation and Its Legacy  Honoring First Responders on the 20th Anniversary of 9/11  Deputy Secretary Don Graves Praises Commerce’s USPTO for Their Critical Work in Promoting American Competitiveness, Innovation, and Ingenuity  U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo Addresses Clean Energy Economy and Importance of Business and Academia in Fight for Climate Change  NTIA Announces Tribal Consultations on New Program to Increase Broadband Access Across Indian Country  Making a Place for Women in Manufacturing  Secretary Raimondo Joins Vice President Kamala Harris in Addressing Care Economy and Need to Invest in Human Infrastructure  Unequally Essential: Women and the Gender Pay Gap During COVID-19 Subscribe to our blog newsletter to stay on top the latest information that's helping the American economy grow.   Leadership Don Graves Gina M. Raimondo Tags African American History Month Broadband Clean Energy Climate Change Travel and Tourism Women's History Month

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