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Celebrating International Youth Day: 3 Ways to Get Involved With Local Youth

Wed, 2015-08-12 05:00

Happy International Youth Day!  Since 2000, the United Nations has used International Youth Day to draw attention to youth...

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DOT Helps States, Local Communities Improve Transportation Resilience

Tue, 2015-08-11 15:28

Ed. note: This is cross-posted on the U.S. Department of Transportation's blog. See the original post here.
Under the Obama administration, the U.S. Department of Transportation has been working hard to support communities across the country as they adapt the planning, development, and management of their transportation assets for greater resilience in the face of climate change. And earlier today, I kicked off a workshop to share tools and resources to help states, transit agencies, and local communities do just that.

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DOT Helps States, Local Communities Improve Transportation Resilience

Tue, 2015-08-11 15:28

Ed. note: This is cross-posted on the U.S. Department of Transportation's blog. See the original post here.
Under the Obama administration, the U.S. Department of Transportation has been working hard to support communities across the country as they adapt the planning, development, and management of their transportation assets for greater resilience in the face of climate change. And earlier today, I kicked off a workshop to share tools and resources to help states, transit agencies, and local communities do just that.

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Inclusive Innovation Spotlight: Nicole Tucker Smith, Co-Founder LessonCast Learning

Tue, 2015-08-11 14:48

In her role as co-founder of LessonCast Learning, a learning platform that helps community members share best practices, Nicole Tucker-Smith keeps an idealistic mindset that helps her elevate her company to the next level. But she also recognizes the importance of balancing idealism with practicality. The Minority Business Development Agency helps entrepreneurs, like Nicole, with identifying and taking advantage of resources that support day-to-day tasks of a budding startup.

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Mission Success: Data to Feed the Hungry

Tue, 2015-08-11 13:40

Guest blog post by Eric Newburger, Senior Scientist for Data Training, Office of the Chief Data Officer
People are using our data to feed the hungry.  The Capital Area Food Bank in Lorton, Virginia, has layered Department of Commerce datasets over their own to identify underserved populations in need of food aid.  As reported in the Huffington Post, a creative programmer with an idea for making the world a better place -- and the data to make his idea happen – is at the center of this success.   

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5 Ways to Improve Your Business Credit Scores

Tue, 2015-08-11 05:00

Having strong business credit scores and ratings are key to getting approved for trade credit and financing for your company. In the same way that personal credit scores serves as a financial...

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The Power of Inclusive Innovation

Mon, 2015-08-10 17:36

Entrepreneurs are the driving force of our 21st century economy. They have the power to spur innovation, create jobs, stabilize communities, and inspire the next generation of inventors.
 

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Inclusive Innovation Spotlight: Natalie Madeira Cofield, Founder and CEO of Urban Co-lab

Mon, 2015-08-10 17:34

As the Founder and CEO of Urban Co-Lab, Natalie Madeira Cofield and her team believe that if you empower communities through entrepreneurship and business engagement, you not only give people the opportunity to sustain themselves but also their communities. For more than 10 years, Natalie has been inspired by and influenced by the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) as a champion for minority-owned businesses.

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PayPal and U.S. Department of Commerce Collaborate to Improve U.S. Exports

Mon, 2015-08-10 14:37

Blog post co-authored by PayPal's Vadim Kutsyy, Senior Director Data Strategy and Stewardship and Harshal Deo, Vice President of Data Technology

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Weekly Address: Reaffirming Our Commitment to Protecting the Right to Vote

Sat, 2015-08-08 06:00

In this week's address, the President celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act by underscoring the importance of one of the most fundamental rights of our democracy – that all of us are created equal and that each of us deserves a voice. The enactment of the Voting Rights Act wasn’t easy – it was the product of sacrifice from countless men and women who risked so much to protect every person’s right to vote.

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