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New Approach to Conservation Creates New Partnerships, New Jobs

January 14, 2015

Ed. note: This is cross-posted on the U.S. Department of Agriculture's blog. See the original post here.
When USDA unveiled the new Regional Conservation Partnership Program last year, I said that this effort would pioneer a new era of conservation. As of today, the program is doing just that — leveraging an unprecedented three-quarters-of-a-billion-dollar investment in projects to preserve clean land and water and create new jobs across the country.

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NTIA Announces BroadbandUSA Effort to Assist Communities with Broadband Plans

January 14, 2015

Cross blog post by Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information and NTIA Administrator Lawrence E. StricklingOver the past five years, we at NTIA have seen first-hand through our broadband grant program the power of broadband to transform lives and impact communities.

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Securing Our Cyberspace: President Obama's New Steps to Strengthen America's Cybersecurity

January 14, 2015

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We live in a digitally connected world. Almost all business transactions, public utilities, or security measures rely on networks that are connected to the Internet. That is why cyber threats pose an enormous challenge to our country. Whether it's rogue hackers, organized criminals, or state actors, our public and private networks are facing an unprecedented level of cybersecurity threats. 

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Commerce and White House Ramp-Up Efforts to Open More Markets to American Goods and Services

January 14, 2015

Exports are a vital part of the Obama Administration’s economic growth agenda, therefore, the Commerce Department and the White House hosted a fly-in that brought business leaders from around the country to Washington for a panel discussion on ways to send more products stamped “Made in America” around the world.

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New Actions to Reduce Methane Emissions Will Curb Climate Change, Cut Down on Wasted Energy

January 14, 2015

The United States is now the largest oil and natural gas producer in the world, and developing these cleaner-burning fuel sources to light and heat American homes and businesses is crucial to the President’s energy strategy. But while these important energy sources produce less carbon pollution overall, methane leaks throughout the oil and gas system are fueling climate change — and wasting valuable fuel that should be captured and used.

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2015: The Year to Launch and Scale in the United States

January 14, 2015

By John D. Breidenstine, Minister Counselor for Commercial Affairs, U.S. Embassy, LondonThe United Kingdom and Ireland are both home to flourishing tech
startups looking for the right opportunities to grow globally.  The United States is the logical target for
their expansion, especially given its 320 million consumers, free trade
agreements with 20 other markets, and massive market for technology
purchases. 

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Swiss Business and Government Leaders Participate in White House Investment Mission

January 13, 2015

Senior White House and Cabinet officials today hosted a delegation of leaders of eight Swiss companies in the Roosevelt Room to discuss opportunities to spur new investments and create jobs for American workers. As part of the meeting, the companies announced their plans to invest about $3 billion into their combined U.S. operations in 2015. These new job-creating investments build on the roughly $140 billion in Swiss foreign direct investment (FDI) stock that makes Switzerland the sixth-largest source of FDI in the United States and a crucial commercial partner.

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These New Actions by the President Could Make Your Internet Faster:

January 13, 2015

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Fast Internet isn't just a convenience or a luxury -- it's a necessity for economic progress. Unfortunately, too many of America's communities lack access to high-speed broadband Internet.

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Swiss Executives Announce $3 Billion Investment in the United States During Meeting with Secretary Pritzker

January 13, 2015

Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, Secretary of Labor Tom Perez, NEC Director Jeff Zients and Senior Advisor to the President Valerie Jarrett, hosted a delegation of Swiss business leaders, who are making significant U.S. foreign direct investment (FDI) in the United States. The eight executives announced plans to invest $3 billion in their U.S. operations in 2015.

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Regional Forums to Provide Input and Ideas for the 2015 White House Conference on Aging

January 13, 2015

Today, I am delighted to announce the launch of a series of regional forums to engage older Americans, their families, caregivers, advocates, community leaders, and experts on aging on the key issues affecting older Americans. These forums are designed to help provide input and ideas for the upcoming 2015 White House Conference on Aging. 

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