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Tune In: A White House Conversation on Automation

June 30, 2016

You’ve seen photos of self-driving cars zooming down California highways and read about lawyers that are actually chatbots. These are some of our first encounters with automation and artificial intelligence (AI). And if you’re wondering how these types of technology will change the ways we work and live, you’re not alone.

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Secretary Pritzker Joins President Obama at the North American Leaders' Summit: Signs MOU on Promoting Women’s Entrepreneurship

June 29, 2016

Today, Secretary Pritzker accompanied President Obama and the U.S. delegation to Ottawa, Canada to attend the North American Leaders’ Summit. The Summit represents the importance that all three countries place on cooperation in North America, specifically in areas of economy, politics and security. This year’s NALS is hosted by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada and included bilateral and trilateral meetings between Mexico, Canada and the United States in hopes of strengthening ties between all three countries.

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Simple Social Media Guide for Small Businesses

June 29, 2016

It’s hard to escape the interest, activity and advantages of social media. Platforms are either constantly evolving. With the changing dynamics of the digital communication space, it’s important...

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President Obama Goes to Canada for the North America Leaders' Summit

June 29, 2016

 

The President was in Ottawa, Canada today for the North American Leaders' Summit.

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The Economic Benefits of a 50 Percent Target for Clean Energy Generation by 2025

June 29, 2016

At the North America Leader’s Summit President Obama will be joining the Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau and the President of Mexico Enrique Peña Nieto in laying out a historic continental goal of 50 percent clean power generation by 2025. Meeting the goal will involve clean energy development and deployment (including renewable, nuclear, and carbon capture and storage technologies), clean energy innovation (through the Mission Innovation initiative), and improved energy efficiency.

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Secretary Pritzker Promotes TPP Benefits at Retail Leaders Board of Directors Meeting

June 28, 2016

Today, Secretary Penny Pritzker touted the benefits of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) to the Retail Industry Leaders Association’s (RILA) Board of Directors during its meeting in Washington, D.C.  Secretary Pritzker also updated the Chief Executive Officers from numerous retail companies on the latest developments related to the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework.  This meeting, and previous meetings held by Deputy Secretary Bruce Andrews, strengthened relations between the Department of Commerce and the nation’s leaders in retail and manufacturing.

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2016 Hispanic-American Entrepreneurship Summit Works Towards Inclusive Economy

June 28, 2016

The U.S. Small Business Administration, in partnership with the White House, hosted the 2016 Hispanic-American Entrepreneurship Summit at the U.S. Institute of Peace on Tuesday, June 28. The Summit celebrated the work and continual strides of Hispanic entrepreneurs as business leaders in America.

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Spotlight on Commerce: Paulina Montanez, Special Advisor, Office of the Secretary, Executive Secretariat Office

June 28, 2016

Ed. note: This post is part of the Spotlight on Commerce series highlighting members of the Department of Commerce and their contributions to the Open for Business Agenda.
Guest blog post by Paulina Montanez, Special Advisor, Office of the Secretary, Executive Secretariat Office

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Email: First Lady Michelle Obama Travels In and Around Africa This Week

June 28, 2016

This morning the following email went to the White House email list. Didn't get the message? Sign up for email updates here. 

I see myself in these girls, I see my daughters in these girls, and I simply cannot walk away from them.

First Lady Michelle Obama

Imagine being told that you are not allowed to go to school. Imagine being told that an education -- one of the most fundamental building blocks for a healthy, long, and fulfilling life -- is simply not an option for you.

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Celebrating Shark Week and NOAA Shark Experts

June 28, 2016

The thought of seeing that sleek gray fin moving swiftly through the water might send shivers through some, but for others what lies below the ocean surface, under that fin, is exciting and has become their life’s work.
NOAA’s shark scientists have collectively spent many years studying various shark species. Some of their experts became interested in sharks as children, while others didn’t know much about them until a graduate research project introduced them to elasmobranchs.

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