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The Oldest Living Veteran Meets the President

Fri, 2015-07-17 15:42

This afternoon, President Obama invited 110-year-old Emma Didlake -- believed to be the country's oldest living veteran -- to the Oval Office. "It's a great honor to have her here." the President said.

President Barack Obama greets the nation’s oldest living veteran, Emma Didlake, in the Oval Office, July 17, 2015.

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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Social Security Disability Insurance: A Lifeline for Millions of American Workers and Their Families

Fri, 2015-07-17 14:00

The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program is a vital lifeline for millions of American workers and their families. It is a critical component of our nation's Social Security system, which provides insurance to workers and their families in retirement and in the event of a serious, long-term disability. Millions of workers have benefited and from SSDI since it was established nearly 60 years ago.

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Innovation: Much More than High-Tech

Fri, 2015-07-17 13:49

Guest blog post by Patricia Tomczyszn, Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)
Innovation. When most people hear or use this term, they are referring to new, cutting edge technology and products. However, innovation means much more than that. Operational innovation involves creating entirely new ways of filling orders, developing products, providing customer service, or doing any other activity that an enterprise performs.

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Regional Roundup: What America's Newspapers are Saying About the Iran Deal

Fri, 2015-07-17 12:14

This week, the President announced that the United States – with our allies and partners – has reached a comprehensive, long-term deal with Iran that will prevent it from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

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West Wing Week: 07/17/15 or, "Barack-amole"

Fri, 2015-07-17 10:41

This week, the President secured a historic nuclear deal with Iran, traveled to Oklahoma to highlight the administration's work on criminal justice reform and the ConnectHome Initiative, designated three national monuments, spoke at the White House Conference on Aging and dropped by the Kids' "State Dinner."

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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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