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Seven Teams Selected to Strengthen Regional Workforce Development Efforts Through the Communities that Work Partnership Initiative

Thu, 2015-07-16 17:16

Ensuring a strong and skilled workforce is critical to America’s continued economic competitiveness. For the first time, the Department of Commerce has made skills and workforce development a priority. Through the Department’s “Skills for Business” initiative, Commerce collaborates with private sector, academic, economic development, and government leaders at all levels to prepare workers with the skills needed to fill 21st century jobs.

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Follow Dr. Biden’s Trip to Asia on Instagram

Thu, 2015-07-16 15:18

Thursday, July 23 Saluting our troops. That’s how Dr. Biden wrapped up her week-long trip traveling across Asia. After visiting the Republic of Korea, Vietnam and Laos, Dr. Biden touched down in Okinawa, Japan to visit military families at Kadena Air Base as part of her Joining Forces initiative.
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Expanding Agribusiness Opportunities in Ukraine

Thu, 2015-07-16 14:32

Guest blog post by Rik Miller, President of DuPont Crop Protection
As the President of DuPont Crop Protection, I was honored to participate in the U.S.-Ukraine Business Forum on Monday, July 13, 2015. Co-hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the forum consisted of a series of high-level discussions focused on advancing Ukraine’s economic reform agenda and improving trade and investment opportunities between the U.S. and Ukraine.

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Q & A with Julie Kirk, Director of EDA’s Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Thu, 2015-07-16 13:48

Julie Kirk was appointed by Secretary Pritzker to lead the Economic Development Administration’s Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIE) in May 2014. As Director of OIE, she is charged with driving programs and priorities that support innovative economic development such as innovation-based entrepreneurship and regional innovation clusters. She took a few minutes to answer some questions about her first year in the role and what she hopes will be her EDA legacy when her term is over.

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First-Ever U.S.-Ukraine Business Forum Provides Important Recommendations For Improved Economic Partnership

Thu, 2015-07-16 08:34

This week, I had the opportunity to participate in the first ever U.S.-Ukraine Business Forum, co-hosted by the Department of Commerce and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. At the forum, Vice President Biden, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, U.S. business leaders, other government officials, and I met to discuss the future of American business in Ukraine and an improved economic partnership.

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4 Tax Actions to Take in July

Thu, 2015-07-16 00:00

Like most small business owners who don’t think of July as an important tax time, you may not be thinking about taxes right now, but you should be. Here are four things to do now to help achieve a...

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Secretary Pritzker Promotes Entrepreneurship and a Path Forward for America's Economy in Kansas City

Wed, 2015-07-15 17:25

On Tuesday, Secretary Pritzker traveled to Kansas City to address up-and-coming entrepreneurs as well as important community groups.

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Bringing Our Immigration System into the Digital Age

Wed, 2015-07-15 15:00

In November, President Obama announced a series of Executive Actions to fix the broken immigration system. As a part of these efforts, he charged the key federal agencies responsible for administering our legal immigration system to explore ways to modernize and streamline the system. The goal was to develop recommendations to bring the system into the 21st century to grow our economy, help businesses and workers, and protect families.

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President Obama: "Our Criminal Justice System Isn't as Smart as It Should Be"

Wed, 2015-07-15 13:12

President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the NAACP Convention in Philadelphia, Pa., July 14, 2015.

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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Yesterday, the President traveled to Philadelphia to address the NAACP's 106th national convention. In his remarks, he laid out the reasons why we need to reform America's criminal justice system, and why we need to invest in our communities and expand opportunity for all Americans.
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Get health coverage for your small business employees anytime with the SHOP Marketplace

Wed, 2015-07-15 00:00

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