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45 American Companies Win President's “E” and “E” Star Awards for Export Excellence

May 20, 2015

Earlier this week, I had the honor of presenting 45 American companies with the President's “E” and “E” Star Awards, a recognition awarded to U.S. businesses that have made significant contributions to U.S. exports. These awardees, which range from small- and medium- sized businesses to household names, understand the importance of exports to their bottom line, American jobs, and the U.S. economy.

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Before You Export, Get On-the-ground Help

May 20, 2015

Every year during the third week of May, the President of the United States ...

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What Top Officials Charged with Keeping Our Nation Safe Are Saying About the TPP

May 19, 2015

It is certainly true that America’s trade policy plays a large role in the resurgence and strength of our economy – but that’s not the only role it fills. Our trade policy also sits at the core of our strategy to keep America and our allies safe in the 21st century. 

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Unlocking Wind Power Across America

May 19, 2015

Now available in 39 states, wind power has emerged as an important source of American clean energy – and there’s potential for even more. Today, the Energy Department released a new report – Enabling Wind Power Nationwide  – that shows how the next generation of wind turbines can help expand wind power in all 50 states.
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NOAA Announces $9 Million in Grants to Improve Coastal Community Resilience

May 19, 2015

Two new NOAA grant programs will help coastal communities and their managers create on-the-ground projects to make them more resilient to the effects of extreme weather events, climate hazards, and changing ocean conditions.
This builds on NOAA’s commitment to provide information, tools, and services to help coastal communities reduce risk and plan for future severe events.

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Secretary Penny Pritzker Discusses Trade, Exports, and Minority-Owned Businesses in Columbia, SC

May 19, 2015

Last week, Secretary Penny Pritzker joined Congressman Jim Clyburn in Columbia, South Carolina to discuss how trade and exports are contributing to economic growth and job creation throughout the state.
To kick-off her day, Secretary Pritzker delivered the keynote speech at IT-oLogy, a nonprofit collaboration of businesses, academic institutions, and organizations dedicated to growing the IT talent pipeline, fostering economic development, and advancing the IT profession. During her remarks, Secretary Pritzker highlighted the importance of trade and exports in South Carolina.

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Announcing New Steps to Promote Pollinator Health

May 19, 2015

Pollinators are critical to the Nation’s economy, food security, and environmental health. Honey bee pollination alone adds more than $15 billion in value to agricultural crops each year, and helps ensure that our diets include ample fruits, nuts, and vegetables. This tremendously valuable service is provided to society by honey bees, native bees and other insect pollinators, birds, and bats.

A honey bee, with pollen attached to its hind leg, pollinating a watermelon flower. (Photo by Stephen Ausmus/USDA)

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Finding That Perfect Franchise: You May Not Get A Sign

May 19, 2015

Lots of people who are interested in becoming franchise owners think that the way they’re going to find that perfect franchise … the way they’re going to “know,” will involve some type of...

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This Day in History: The Creation of Head Start

May 18, 2015

Lady Bird Johnson attends the ceremony for National Head Start Day, June 30, 1965. Front row, left to right: Timothy Shriver, Robert Shriver, Danny Kaye, Lady Bird Johnson, Mrs. Lou Maginn (Director of a HeadStart project in East Fairfield, Vermont), Sargent Shriver. (LBJ Presidential Library)

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Why President Obama Is Taking Steps to Demilitarize Local Police Forces

May 18, 2015

Today, President Obama traveled to Camden, New Jersey -- a city that has struggled with one of the nation's highest violent crime rates.
Dedicated to building a stronger, safer community, the Camden County Police Department and the community have worked together to help police do their jobs more safely, to reduce crime, and to create more economic opportunity in communities that have been saddled with a history of isolation. 
As President Obama said, it will take a concerted, "all-hands-on-deck" effort to change the odds for these communities: 

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