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The Week in Review: A Day of Service, A Speech for the Middle-Class, An Interview for You(tube)

Fri, 2015-01-23 15:51

From the President's sixth State of the Union address to YouTube interviews live from the East Wing of the White House, this week was full of big moments. Here's your White House week in review: 

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Watch President Obama's Interview with YouTube Stars

Fri, 2015-01-23 13:54

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The East Room was transformed yesterday as three YouTube stars recreated their libraries and living rooms for an interview with the President. Nearly 500,000 viewers tuned in live as YouTube creators Hank Green, GloZell, and Bethany Mota sat down for one-on-one interviews that covered topics from education and gridlock in Washington, to Cuba policy and how to get more young people engaged in politics.
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Launching the Presidential Challenge for Advanced Outdoor Lighting

Fri, 2015-01-23 13:46

We take it for granted that outdoor lights are there to help keep America moving after the sun goes down. But the outdoor lighting when you drive your car down the road at night, cheer for your favorite baseball team, or load groceries into your car after work uses energy and takes a bite out of budgets in cities and towns across the country.
Outdoor lighting in the U.S. will consume enough energy to power 6 million homes this year, costing cities about $10 billion annually.

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West Wing Week: 1/23/15 or, "B is for Believe"

Fri, 2015-01-23 12:00

This week, the White House was a flurry of activity during the lead up to -- and aftermath of -- the President's State of the Union Address, featuring follow up trips to Kansas and Idaho, the second annual "Big Block of Cheese Day," and YouTube stars bringing their flair to the East Room to interview the President. That's January 16th to January 22nd or, "B Is For Believe."

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How the President Will Help All Working Families with Young Kids Afford Child Care:

Thu, 2015-01-22 16:40

President Barack Obama gestures as he talks with Akira Cooper at the Community Children's Center, one of the nation's oldest Head Start providers, in Lawrence, Kan.

January 22, 2015.

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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Data Snapshot: How Much Do Small- and Medium-sized Businesses Contribute to U.S. Exports?

Thu, 2015-01-22 16:00

Guest blog post by Jane Callen, Economics and Statistics Administration.In his State of the Union address, President Obama said that “21st century businesses, including small businesses, need to sell more American products overseas.  Today, our businesses export more than ever, and exporters tend to pay their workers higher wages…” Following on the President’s remarks, we thought it would be valuable to take a quick “data snapshot” of the most recent annual report on exporting companies published by the U.S. Census Bureau.

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An "Experiment" in Universal Child Care in the United States: Lessons from the Lanham Act

Thu, 2015-01-22 14:23

In Richmond, California in 1943, approximately 35 nursery school units opened up as part of a city-wide child care program. 
The country was mobilizing around World War II and increasing employment, particularly among women, had become a national priority. In the case of Richmond, the centers opened to help provide care for the children of women working in the nearby Kaiser shipyards.
And here’s how they were funded: Congress had passed the Defense Housing and Community Facilities and Services Act of 1940 -- popularly known as the Lanham Act.

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2015 Will Be the Biggest Year Yet for International Opportunities for Regional Economic Development

Thu, 2015-01-22 11:59

Guest blog post by JoAnn Crary, CEcD, President of
Saginaw Future, Inc. and 2015 Chair of the Board of Directors of the
International Economic Development Council

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Upskill America: The President's Plan to Help Hardworking Americans Earn Higher-Paying Jobs

Thu, 2015-01-22 11:19

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Yesterday, President Obama traveled to Boise State University in Idaho -- his first time in the Gem State. Here's why: 
For six years, President Obama and the American people have been working hard to lay a new, stronger foundation for our economy -- one that's based on what works: middle-class economics. That means building an economy on the idea that this country does best when everyone gets their fair shot and can feel more secure in a world of constant change. 

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