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Hurricane Katrina: 10 Years Later - NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey looks back

Thu, 2015-08-27 16:02

Crossposted from NOAA's Office of Coast Survey
On August 29, 2005, New Orleans and the Gulf Coast were struck by one of the costliest and deadliest natural disasters to hit the United States. With sustained winds during landfall of 125 miles per hour, over 1,800 people were killed, thousands of lives were disrupted, and damage estimates exceeded $150 billion.
This disaster brought together all of Coast Survey’s capabilities on an unprecedented scale to help in response and recovery efforts in the storm’s aftermath.

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Commemorating the 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina

Thu, 2015-08-27 11:20

This blog post will be updated throughout the day as the President travels to New Orleans to meet with the Mayor and residents who have rebuilt their lives since the storm. Stay tuned here for updates on the trip and to watch his remarks at 4:55 p.m. EDT.

Today's Schedule:


10:45AM        The President departs the White House en route to Joint Base Andrews
11:00AM        The President departs Joint Base Andrews en route to New Orleans, Louisiana


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Second Estimate of GDP for the Second Quarter of 2015

Thu, 2015-08-27 09:30

Real GDP growth in the second quarter was revised markedly upward, as consumers spent more and businesses invested more than previously estimated. The economy grew at a much faster pace in the second quarter than in the first, with strong personal consumption leading the rebound.

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Summary of New Orleans Entrepreneurial Twitter Chat

Wed, 2015-08-26 17:43

Join @IdeaVillage @PowerMovesNOLA and others in one hour for a #NOLABiz chat about #Entreprenuership
— U.S. Commerce Dept. (@CommerceGov) August 26, 2015
Greg Thompson, Director of #NewOrleans export Assistance Center is here to answer any #NOLABiz questions! Let the chat begin....#Katrina10
— ITA (@TradeGov) August 26, 2015
Join us for an amazing conversation for today's #NOLABiz chat! What do you ant to know? #NOLAEconomy #Katrina10
— PowerMovesNOLA (@PowerMovesNOLA) August 26, 2015

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USPTO Supports Invention, Innovation and Economic Growth in the Gulf and Across the Country

Wed, 2015-08-26 16:44

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office invests resources in the Gulf and across the country to create an environment ripe for private sector investment, competitive markets, and small businesses to flourish.   The USPTO offers pro bono programs to under-resourced businesses seeking legal advice; accelerates patent examination options with big discounts for small businesses; provides IP assessment tools to help businesses realize patent strategies available to them; and offers Small Business Innovation Research grants.

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New U.S.-Mexico West Rail Bypass Bridge First in Over a Century

Wed, 2015-08-26 12:11

On Tuesday, Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker joined U.S. and Mexican government leaders in Brownsville, Texas, at a ceremony to inaugurate the West Rail Bypass International Bridge, the first new international rail crossing between the United States and Mexico since 1910.

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Here’s How the Federal Government is Working with Local Communities to Create Change, in One Map:

Wed, 2015-08-26 09:00

As the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, it’s my job to oversee the implementation and enforcement of the President’s priorities across the Administration.

You might call us the nerve center where goals become initiatives, and initiatives become programs at work on the ground in local communities and states across the country.

With that in mind, let’s go back to basics for a second and focus on something we can all agree on:

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Success Story: Helping the New Orleans Region Diversify, Grow, and Create Jobs

Tue, 2015-08-25 12:09

Crossposted from the Economic Devlopment Administration's blog.

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Countering Iran: How the U.S. and Our Allies Will Confront Iran’s Destabilizing Activities

Tue, 2015-08-25 11:26

Throughout our negotiations with Iran, we were clear-eyed about Iran’s efforts to destabilize the Middle East, and we resolved not to let the regime off the hook. In fact, from sponsoring terrorist activity to human rights abuses, Iran continues to pursue destabilizing activities in the Middle East region that the U.S. and our allies continue to monitor and address.

So why did the U.S. spend nearly two years negotiating a nuclear agreement with Iran? 

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MBDA Supporting Gulf Coast Minority Businesses—Strengthening the Economy

Mon, 2015-08-24 16:54

In August 2005, the Gulf Coast was devastated by Hurricane Katrina, which proved to be one of the most costly and deadliest disasters in U.S. history. Eighty percent of New Orleans was flooded and over 1,800 lives were lost with a large percentage of residents relocating and deciding not to return to the city. Ten years later the city has seen a surge in new small businesses, private capital and combined with billions in federal, state, and city spending, New Orleans has come a long way from the battered city of 2005.

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